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Disney's DOUG, 'Doug's Secret Christmas' SIGNED Children's Book (Jim Jinkins Private Collection)

The Cricket Gallery is proud to offer the opportunity for you to own this one of a kind piece from Disney's DOUG hand signed in person, and offered directly from DOUG creator, Jim Jinkins personal collection!!
  • 1999 'Doug's Secret Christmas' Children's Book
  • Includes Certificate of Authenticity (COA)
JIM JINKINS (President of Jumbo Pictures, Cartoon Pizza and Jumbo South)
It all started with a number two pencil. And a bad day. And a doodle. Because the doodle Jim Jinkins drew to cheer himself up on that bad day turned into Doug Funnie, a character who has touched the hearts and lifted the spirits of millions of children around the world. And incidentally, along the way, turned into a multi-million-dollar business enterprise. Jim Jinkins’ character hit a chord because lots of kids--and parents too--have bad days, and Doug became an inspiration to keep on trying and doing the right thing, no matter what.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Jim, as a youngster, did extensive research into early childhood behavior by riding bikes, building forts and being picked on by a big mean kid named Roger. His earliest career goals were either to be a forest ranger or to move to the Belgian Congo, grow massive muscles and become Tarzan. But, as with most best-laid plans, they went astray, and he ended up at Ohio State University instead, studying animation and filmmaking.

Next, all the times he got sent to stand in the corner for drawing in school paid off with a job as Graphics Director for Children’s Television Workshop’s Square One TV on PBS. Then came a stint as director and production designer on the Emmy award-winning special for HBO, Buy Me That! A Kids’ Survival Guide to Television Advertising.
Since his favorite subject in school was recess, Nickelodeon was a logical next stop. There he appeared as an on-camera performer and artist for Pinwheel and later co-created and produced the award-winning live action series, Allegra’s Window, for Nickelodeon. And then, in 1991 Jim and his partner David Campbell founded Jumbo Pictures to produce Doug, which became one of Nick Toons’ first big hits and an instant phenomenon with kids and critics alike. Doug and his friend Jim were no longer having a bad day.

In 1996, Jumbo Pictures was sold to The Walt Disney Company and a new show, Disney’s Doug was born. The show has consistently been one of the top-rated programs in Disney’s highly successful “One Saturday Morning” block and was instrumental in establishing ABC as a solid player in the Saturday Morning cartoon ratings race. Disney’s Doug received the Annenberg Public Policy Center Award for Most Outstanding Educational Program on a Commercial Broadcast Station for the year 2000. The award states that “Disney’s Doug is the exemplification of the marriage of good storytelling with enriching, thoughtful lessons for the school age audience.”

In 1999, Doug’s worldwide popularity led to the international release of Doug’s 1st Movie, the highly profitable first feature film for Doug and his pals. Doug Live!, played to overflow crowds at Disney-MGM Studios for two years starting in March of 1999. Jumbo also created and produced 65 episodes of the top-rated Disney Channel series PB&J Otter and 65 episodes of the animated series 101 Dalmatians for ABC.

In 2001, Jim and David co-founded a new independent company, Cartoon Pizza, where they produced 65 episodes of Stanley, one of the highest-rated pre-school programs for Playhouse Disney. Jim also co-created JoJo’s Circus, along with his partner David and his wife Lisa Jinkins. JoJo’s Circus currently airs on Playhouse Disney.

Jim is also the author/illustrator of Pinky Dinky Doo, a 8-book series distributed by Random House, begun in May, 2004. Pinky Dinky Doo was inspired by bedtime stories Jim made up for his 2 kids, Rose and Heath. Pinky Dinky Doo was part of Nick Jr. and currently airs on Amazon Prime and cable channels around the world.
Jim has served as honorary chairman of Prevent Child Abuse Virginia and was recipient of the Alumnus of the Year award from David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee and the National Eagle Scout of the Year.

He lives in Brevard, North Carolina with his wife Lisa, mountain bikes, hiking boots, bears, rabbits, deer, and a big ol’ box of number two pencils!




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Collections: Jim Jinkins, NICKELODEON

Type: Production Cel


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