How the Grinch Stole Christmas (lost Foundation For Full-Service Banks sponsorship ads for Christmas special; 1966)

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An image from the original print.

Status: Lost

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 a advertising agency to back the film. Most backed down, but Chuck found a "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 have been lost, and have been not seen since 1966.[1][2]


Due to the success, the bankers were impressed. Dr. Seuss even had a interview for TV Guide by Chuck's childhood friend and future wife, Marian.[3]


The opening title score with the sponsor plug music intact (0:04-0:09).
The closing score with the sponsor plug music intact (1:52-2:33).