DR. SEUSS DRAWINGS
Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
1904 - 1991
``I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.''
The influence of Ted's memories of Springfield can be seen throughout his work. Drawings of Horton the Elephant meandering along streams in the Jungle of Nool, for example, mirror the watercourses in Springfield's Forest Park from the period. The fanciful truck driven by Sylvester McMonkey McBean in The Sneetches could well be the Knox tractor that young Ted saw on the streets of Springfield. In addition to its name, Ted's first children's book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, is filled with Springfield imagery, including a look-alike of Mayor Fordis Parker on the reviewing stand, and police officers riding red motorcycles, the traditional color of Springfield's famed Indian Motocycles.
The Cat in the Hat, perhaps the defining book of Ted's career (Dr Seuss), developed as part of a unique joint venture between Houghton Mifflin (Vanguard Press) and Random House. Houghton Mifflin asked Ted to write and illustrate a children's primer using only 225 'new-reader' vocabulary words. Because he was under contract to Random House, Random House obtained the trade publication rights, and Houghton Mifflin kept the school rights. With the release of The Cat in the Hat, Ted became the definitive children's book author and illustrator.
At the time of his death on September 24, 1991, Ted had written and illustrated 44 children's books, including such all-time favorites as Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You'll Go, Fox in Socks, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. His books had been translated into more than 15 languages. Over 200 million copies had found their way into homes and hearts around the world.
Besides the books, his works have provided the source for eleven children's television specials, a Broadway musical and a feature-length motion picture. Other major motion pictures are on the way.
His honors included two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award and the Pulitzer Prize.
All artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity
S11 - MGM - Chuck Jones & Dr. Seuss, 'HORTON' Circa 1970. This one of a kind original production cel from 'HORTON HEARS A WHO', a Dr. Seuss & Chuck Jones TV Special, measures 12.50 X 10.50, bearing three hole production punch. The image area measures 10.00' X 3.25', bearing A14 in right corner.
S12 - MGM - Chuck Jones & Dr. Seuss, 'HORTON' Circa 1970. This original one of a kind 'HORTON HEARS A WHO' graphite Drawing measures 12.50 X 10.50. The image area measures 10.00' X 3.25', bearing EG in center of sheet and A14 in right corner and three hole production punch. The Backside of drawing bears the Official 'MGM ANIMATION/GRAPHICS' paper seal.
#S3 - The Cat In The Hat, 'Thing One & Thing Two', (1971).Price: $930
#S3 - Fritz Freleng - 'Thing One & Thing Two', 1971. The drawing from 'The Cat In The Hat' was rendered in graphite and blue pencil on a full 14 field animation sheet. The image area measures 4.00' X 5.00' with blue animator notes, bearing number #T-15. COA is provided.
#S4 - Dr. Seuss 'Horton Hears a Who', (1970).Price: $340
#S4 - Chuck Jones Enterprises - Dr. Seuss 'Horton Hears a Who', 1970. Figure is rendered in graphite, and blue pencil on a full, untrimmed 12-field animation sheet. Overall image measures 5.00' X 3.50'. Excellent condition, w/1" tear on left side of sheet (Done by me) does not effect image. Animators notes on rightside. MGM Animation / Graphics printed on bottom of sheet. COA is provided. A cartoon adaptation of Dr. Seuss' children's book 'Horton Hears a Who'. Horton, an elephant, hears a small voice and searches everywhere for it until he finds that it is coming from a piece of dust. The voice was from Dr. Whoovy, a microscopic being who is trying to prove to his people that there is life outside of their world. In the end, Dr. Whoovy hears a voice from a piece of dust smaller then himself.
#S10 - Dr. Seuss On The Loose, 'Zax' (1973).Price: $600
#S10 - DePatie Freleng Studio, DR. SEUSS ON THE LOOSE, 1973. Expressive animation cel of one of the two Zax, created by Theodore Geisel in his original story for children and included in this TV special of three animated Seuss tales. An actual production cel, it was created in the DePatie-Freleng ink-and-paint department and photographed during production of the animated special. The painted cel image measures 6.00' x 4.50', cel sheet is full and untrimmed. Studio notation '2022 Z8 A64' appears along the bottom. In excellent condition with all original paint. COA provided by Howard Lowery Gallery. A classic Dr. Seuss special featuring three Seuss stories, 'The Sneetches,' 'The Zax' and 'Green Eggs and Ham.'
S13 - 'Horton Hears A Who', 'Bird' (1970).Price: $2800
S13 - Chuck Jones & Dr. Seuss, 'BIRD' 1970. This original one of a kind 'HORTON HEARS A WHO' 'BIRD' production Cel measures 12.50 X 10.50, bearing three hole production punch. The image area measures 4.00' X 5.00', bearing F4 in center of sheet and B3 in right corner.
#S5 - 'The Cat in the Hat', (1971). (Matted)Price: $2260
#S5 - DePatie-Freleng - 'The Cat in the Hat', 1971. The painted Dr. Seuss image measures 4.50 X 7.00, bearing production number C46. Authenticated by Museum Graphics of Costa Mesa, CA. This full-figure hand-inked and -painted animation cel of Dr. Seuss' famous Cat in the Hat was created in the DePatie-Freleng ink-and-paint department and photographed during the making of the animated television special. The Cat in the Hat was the first in a series of animated films produced by DePatie-Freleng based on the work of Theodor Seuss Geisel, America's greatest 20th century writer of books for children. A talented team of American animated filmmakers worked with Mr. Geisel (producer, writer and lyricist): Chuck Jones, co-producer; Hawley Pratt, director; Maurice Noble, production design; and animators Hal Ambro, Warren Batchelder, Manny Gould, George Nicholas, Manny Perez, Phil Roman, Robert Taylor, and Don Williams.
S14 - Dr. Seuss On The Loose, (1973). (Opening Title Cel)Price: $720
S14 - DePatie-Freleng - DR. SEUSS ON THE LOOSE, 1973. The Opening Title animation cel is handpainted on an 11.50' X 11.00' Full sheet. The image area measures 4.50' X 4.50', bearing 2022 Title at top. This is the opening title to the CBS special, which has 3 segments. The special tells the stories of 'The Zax', 'The Sneetches', and 'Green Eggs and Ham'. Music by Dean Elliott ; directed by Hawley Pratt ; produced by Friz Freleng and Ted Geisel ; executive producer, David H. DePatie. Voices: Allan Sherman, Hans Conried, Paul Winchell, Bob Holt. The Sneetches: are ostrich-like creatures who live on the beaches. Some have stars on their bellies and think they're superior to their star-less cousins, until a stranger turns the Sneetch community topsy-turvy and makes everyone truly equal. The Zax: are two stubborn creatures who absolutely refuse to step aside for each other when they cross paths. Green eggs and ham: the Seuss classic about the wiley Sam-I-Am whose favorite dish is an abomination. Until it's finally tasted, and savored!
S11 - Chuck Jones & Dr. Seuss, 'Horton' (c1970). (Includes #S11 and #S12).