dr. seuss' horton hears a who

When we next see the Whos two years later in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, they’re immediately described as incredibly noisy people. And they aren’t just noisy at Christmas. It’s not like they sing carols for a few minutes and then go back to being quiet. If they did that, The Grinch probably could’ve just put in a few earplugs and moved on with his life, instead of slowly descending into insanity like he’s Dr. Seuss’ version of Gollum.

They’re noisy all the time. Every single present that kids in Whoville get is some type of noisemaker. They have tubas so massive that they take six people to play, elaborate drums that play an entire kit at once, and even play a version of lacrosse that has been inexplicably modified to involve as much screaming as possible. You earn points when your opponents’ inner ears start to bleed.

The Grinch hates Christmas, but that’s just because it’s a little bit worse than usual. The Whos are like this all year-round, which is probably why he lives on a mountain outside of town.

This is a huge cultural shift. These people were once so quiet that if one person shouted, they could overpower the entire planet. But a near-genocide has turned these quiet, modest people into terrible neighbors who can’t go three seconds without banging a drum.

The Genocide Plot You Never Noticed In The Grinch

Original production drawing, graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper for the 1966 Chuck Jones-directed, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” 

“We completed our film. Gestation period eleven to fourteen months. 15,000 usable drawings, 40,000-50,000 discards, 15,000 cels. Is it happenstance that animated life and huan life are both composed of cel(l)s? Two hundred and fifty backgrounds, 250 background layout drawings, 1,200 character layout drawings, 4,500 unusable and dispensable character layout drawings, sixty musicians for eight hours, a composer for six months, a sound editor for four weeks. Eight hours of dubbing in the it where the pendulum never asks for whom it swings, it swings for thee.” –Chuck Jones, Chuck Reducks, 1991

Much of the production art from this film was destroyed (as well as that of Jones’s “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” and “The Dot and the Line”) when a water main burst in the storage room where it was kept in the early 1980s. 


The UK isn’t just England, Scotland and Northern Ireland believe it or not there’s actually another country involved calLED WALES AND I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF PEOPLE WOULD STOP LEAVING US OUT BC IT’S STARTING TO FEEL LIKE HORTON HEAR’S A FUCKING WHO UP IN HERE!!!

This has been a public service announcement, Thank you.


Five background layouts by the endlessly inventive Maurice Noble for the Chuck Jones-directed “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”, 1970. Colored pencil, graphite, marking pen, and gouache on 12 field MGM animation paper. The half-hour animated television* special won a Peabody Award for excellence in children’s programming. 

*Please note the shape of the television screen in drawings 1 and 3. 

P.S. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

elizabitchtaylor  asked:

4, 15

do you like your name? is there another name you think would fit you better?

My mom almost named me Joaquin and I just like that name better. My family calls me that from time to time and I’m trying to see how to get it to stick. I just like it better than Jack.

15. five most influential books over your lifetime.

• Horton Hears a Who - Dr Seuss
• Shock Value - John Waters
• The White Album - Joan Didion
• In Youth Is Pleasure - Denton Welch
• Let’s Talk About Love - Carl Wilson

secretlystephaniebrown  asked:

1, 15 , 30?

1. If someone wanted to really understand you, what would they read, watch, and listen to?

Gosh. This is deeeeep. Deeper than me honestly lol. I suppose if someone really wanted to understand me, they’d have to read Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech then Batgirl (2000-2006) #2 & 16 & 47. To watch, probably either To Kill a Mockingbird or O Brother, Where Art Thou? And listen to a whole lot of Nightwish lol

15. five most influential books over your lifetime.

Influential hm. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss, and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

30. pick one of your favorite quotes.

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” – Elanor Roosevelt


Dr. Whovee races with little JoJo to the highest point in Whoville. Original production background with matching production cels from “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”, 1970, directed by Chuck Jones. Background, 60″ x 10.5″, designed by Maurice Noble, gouache on art board; cels are cel vinyl and Xerox on acetate.