How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

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A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

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Storyline

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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18 December 1966 (USA)  »

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  »

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The lyrics to the song "Fahoo Foraze" were made to imitate classical Latin. After the special aired, the studio received letters asking for a translation from people who believed them to be real Latin. See more »

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In the last scene of the Grinch carving Roast Beast, as he passes the plate to Cindy-Lou Who, and she hands the plate to Max the dog, the Grinch's eyes turn from blue to red (for a split second) and then return the blue. See more »

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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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You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
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Written by Dr. Seuss and Albert Hague
Performed by Thurl Ravenscroft
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One of the best Christmas cartoons
19 November 2000 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the few Christmas shows that deserves its reputation. It never dips into mawkishness and yet makes its point. Chuck Jones gives us a Grinch who has the madcap qualities of Bugs Bunny (and even looks a bit like the waskely wabbit).

The narration and voice of the Grinch are by Boris Karloff, a wonderful choice. The music is clever, and the animation is excellent.

This classic certainly will withstand not only the test of time but also the competition of the live-action version which is unfortunately an example of a big budget and tons of FX burying a sweet, touching, and simple story. Go ahead and see the live-action version -- it has its moments. But definitely see this cartoon version.


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