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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (TV Short 1966) Poster

Alternate Versions

American network TV prints often eliminate the verse from "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" that begins, "You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch." In addition, a sequence showing the Grinch leering at a little girl with an evil grin is usually deleted.
In 1994, "How The Grinch Stole Christmas!" was shown on TNT as an hour long special with a "behind-the-scenes" documentary that followed immediately after the end of the cartoon. This version was not available after the host, Phil Hartman, was murdered. The 30min documentary is available on the DVD.
In 2006, the TNT version began showing on ABC, with the Phil Hartman segments re-filmed with Tom Bergeron.
The version shown on CBS from, possibly, the 70's up to 1985 makes four changes:
  • The trip from the Grinch's cave to Whoville was cut, going from the Grinch saying "giddyap" to the shot of the sleigh arriving in Whoville.


  • The "You're a Rotter" verse of "You're a mean one, Mr Grinch" was cut.


  • The shot of the Grinch grinning at the foot of the Who children's bed was also cut.


Beginning in 1986, the full version was shown though it was time compressed.

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