One of the great things about creating an animated film is that you don't have to worry about hurting an actor's feelings when you cut their scene since oftentimes, the editing process happens at the beginning rather than at the end. When Chuck Jones was at Warner Bros. he said that because their budgets were so minuscule that they had to do all of their editing pre-production as there were no funds for post-production corrections or additions.
What we're sharing with you today is a pre-production opening sequence concept, parts of which never made it into the final film plus we have a draft of Ted Geisel's lyrics (set to Albert Hague's music) for what eventually became "Trim Up the Tree, Trim Up the Town." It's quite a delightful read!
And there was this wonderful rough concept drawing of the Grinch and Max from the pencil of Chuck Jones that was too delicious not to share!