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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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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Thurl Ravenscroft, who sang the song, is perhaps better known as the voice of Tony the Tiger in TV commercials. See more »


The antlers on Max's head keep changing shape during the movie. In particular the number of branches keeps changing from three to two and back. 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 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Swamp Diamonds (1993) See more »


You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Written by Dr. Seuss and Albert Hague
Performed by Thurl Ravenscroft
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7 December 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

It doesn't get any better than this.

This is, quite possibly, the one perfect Holiday movie. There has never ever been a more wonderful combination of talent than Chuck Jones and Dr. Suess. Only a quick tug on my brow hairs can bring me quicker to tears than the scene where the Grinch learns the truth about Christmas.

Pure perfection.

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