The Grinch has found his way to the Franklin Park Conservatory.

The Grinch has found his way to the Franklin Park Conservatory.

More than 40 original animation cells from Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” which made its television debut 45 years ago, will be on display through Jan. 4 at the conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. in Columbus.

Lori Kingston, marketing director for the conservatory, said the exhibit is a celebration of the movie and work of prolific animator Chuck Jones, who wrote, produced and directed the screenplay.

“Young children who have seen the broadcast and their grandparents who remember seeing it for the first time when it debuted in 1966 are seeing how their favorite Whoville characters came to life, from sketches to production drawings to the final full-color images,” she said.

Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and students with valid ID, $6 for children 3 to 17 and free for children 2 and under.

On Monday, Dec. 5, six local professional bakers will display their gingerbread creations in honor of characters created by Jones, including Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig.

Then, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, the conservatory will recreate the Whoville Post Office, where children can make their own holiday cards, join in a singalong and sample Who pudding and “roast beast.” Cost is $1 per sample.

Curatorial assistant Bonnie Roche helped bring the display to the conservatory. She said officials were looking for something that would complement the candlelight dinners and the Whoville Post Office, which already were planned.

She said the display commemorates a fun holiday tradition.

“I think it’s a wonderful exhibit for both kids and adults,” she said.

The Grinch exhibit is part of the conservatory’s “Merry & Bright” holiday theme, with attractions slated throughout the next month, including concerts, the model garden railway and the candlelight dinners.

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