How the Grinch Stole Christmas (found Foundation For Full-Service Banks sponsorship ads for Christmas special; 1966)
Date found: 06 Jan 2021
Found by: Will C Wilson
How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a 1966 television special directed by Chuck Jones based on the book on the same name. While the rest of the special can be easily found, promotions from the sponsor were cut from subsequent airings.
Promotion in Question
During the production, Chuck was finding an advertising agency to back the film. Most backed down, but Chuck found an "unlikely source," the Foundation of Commercial Banks, which is ironic since the message is Christmas doesn't come from a store, and even Chuck thought it was ironic, and in his own words:
"You got to be kidding! The bankers bought a story in which the Grinch says Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store??!!, Well, bless those bankers hearts. And I didn't even often collateral."
Due to this, the promotional commercials were lost for almost 55 years.
Due to the success, the bankers were impressed. Dr. Seuss even had an interview for TV Guide by Chuck's childhood friend and future wife, Marian.
On January 6th, 2021 YouTuber "Will C Wilson" uploaded the sponsor tags from the special's original 1966 airing onto his account.
- ↑ Chuck Reducks: Drawing from the Fun Side of Life (1996) pg. 276 Retrieved 26 Sep '20
- ↑ Life (24 Nov 1967) pg. 100 Retrieved 27 Sep '20
- ↑ Chuck Reducks: Drawing from the Fun Side of Life (1996) pg. 281-283 Retrieved 26 Sep '20