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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

TV Short  |  Unrated  |   |  Animation, Short, Comedy
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A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.




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Narrator / The Grinch (voice)


Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of the nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. So disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he raids the village to steal all the Christmas things. The village is sure to have a sad Christmas this year. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

18 December 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Though all of the production and character designs were based upon original artwork from the book, Dr. Seuss thought that the Grinch more closely resembled Chuck Jones rather than the original Grinch drawings. See more »


When the three chefs are bringing the meal to the table one of their hats keeps switching between white and blue. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville - did not. The Grinch hated Christmas - the whole Christmas season. Now, please don't ask why; no one quite knows the reason. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. Or it could be that his head wasn't screwed on just right. But I think that the most likely reason of all... may have been that his heart was two sizes too small. But, whatever the reason, his heart or his ...
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Referenced in RiffTrax Live: Jack the Giant Killer (2011) See more »


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Written by Dr. Seuss and Albert Hague
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An absolute classic, not to be missed !
23 June 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Our family has had a tradition for many years each Christmas -- we watch this short animated film some time on Christmas Day. We still enjoy it after all these years. Poor, loyal Max, always trying to please his two-sizes-too-small-hearted master. The silly toys and instruments that the kids play with. And of course little Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two, who manages to get through to, the Grinch.

The anti-commercialism messages are simply wonderful. All the more-so now in the 2000s with corporate globalisation taking over the bodies and minds of the majority of the human population of Earth.

A simple, funny and beautiful message of compassion and caring. A message of family and community being more important than wealth and possessions.

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