I am a big fan of Chuck Jones’ work and How the Grinch Stole Christmas is my favorite TV fare at Christmastime. Here’s a special that aired on TNT in 1994, telling how this classic cartoon came together. Phil Hartman hosted it and various talents and directors are featured in it.
I made a playlist on YouTube so parts 1 & 2 can be played in succession. Also on that playlist is a special reading of Seuss’ original story, read by Walter Matthau. It is a treat!
Included on the special: Phil Hartman, Tim Burton, Danny Elfman, June Foray (voice of Cindy Lou Who), Audrey Geisel, Albert Hague (composer & lyricist), Chuck Jones, Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft (singer of You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch). It’s neat seeing behind the scenes stuff like this!
You’ll also want to check out the Chuck Jones site, Chuck Redux, where his grandson posts all kinds of things from his grandfather, including pencil sketches, photos, and letters from Chuck to his daughter. It’s a fascinating website.