Dr. Seuss, Chuck Jones, And The Grinch

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Dr. Seuss, Chuck Jones, And The Grinch

You can't escape The Grinch during the Christmas season-- he's become a Christmas legend! Hard to believe he started life as a simple children's book way back in 1957.

That book, of course, was "How The Grinch Stole Christmas," written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss ("Ted") Geisel.

The Grinch was only black and white back then, with just a bit of red for his Santa costume. He didn't become green (and a whole lot more menacing) until Chuck Jones developed the character for a half-hour animated short in 1966.

I always enjoy learning about an illustrator's process-- how he develops his final art. You can see one of Geisel's rough sketches for "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" by clicking the button below.