It's hard to believe that this cartoon is 60 years old! Where does the time go? As we draw closer to that time of year when "everyone is a little bit Irish" we give you Chuck Jones's 1951 "The Wearing of the Grin"–starring the much put-upon and often-maligned Porky Pig. Beset by the leprechauns and just about everything else you were taught came from Ireland (if you're a certain age, at least)–pots of gold, wee folk, four-leaf clovers (shamrocks), blarney (oh, there's plenty of blarney in this one, that's for sure!), and after all that, Porky makes his escape through a Dali-esque landscape (layouts by Robert Gribbroek, backgrounds painted by Philip DeGuard.)
The Grinch is a character of mean spirit and questionable mores who moves with a hip-rolling swagger, a wicked gleam in his eye. His character, immortalized in book, song and film (pre-1967,) is archetypically one of the great green Grinches of all time.
Cuddly as a Cactus, a limited edition fine art print on canvas, has been created from an original oil painting by Chuck Jones. Painted circa 1996, Cuddly as a Cactus flaunts, through color, the character's moral flaws (various shades of green and yellow) while simultaneously juxtaposing those against the fresh pure colors of a first snow (white, lavender and blue.) Chuck Jones' classical art education comes to the forefront of this painting as he revels in texture, brushstroke and color; bringing us a fully rendered iconic individual.
"You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch/You really are a heel/You're as cuddly as a cactus/You're as charming as an eel/Mr. Grinch!"
Last night driving home, we passed the local Wal-mart at about 10:30 PM and guess what? The parking lot was full of people camping outin order to be first in line for today's sale! Imagine!
For fans and collectors of the art of Chuck Jones there's no need to camp out when an opportunity as unique as Grinch's Green Wednesdayis still available. But take note, this special ends tonight at 6:00 PM PST. No need to drive in traffic and fight the thundering hordes of holiday shoppers, all you have to do is click on Grinch's Green Wednesday and follow your heart to this unique acquisition event.