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Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of munchkinlike people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates Christmas, and plots to steal it away from the Whos which he equally abhors. Yet a small child, Cindy Lou Who, decides to try befriend the Grinch. Written by Filmfreak <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

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Rated PG for some crude humor | See all certifications »

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17 November 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas  »

Box Office

Budget:

$123,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$175,000 (Belgium) (8 December 2000)

Gross:

ESP 710,576,961 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Trivia

Suss Cousins, an L.A. based sweater designer (whose first name is pronounced just like Dr. Seuss), along with two other knitters, produced 250 pieces of original knitwear for this movie (including 8 identical red-striped sweaters for Jim Carrey) in four months. That works out to 83.3 sweaters a person in just 120 days which is quite amazing as all were hand-knit. See more »

Goofs

When the Grinch finished loading his sled, he had turned all the Christmas lights off. As he was trying to take off, all the lights were on, but his sled stalled. His second attempt of taking off all the lights were off again. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Inside a snowflake like the one on your sleeve, there happened a story you must see to believe.
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Referenced in Home and Away: Episode #1.5175 (2010) See more »

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Come, Come All Ye Whos
Music by James Horner
Lyrics by Cynthia Weil
Performed by chorus
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Giggling With Jim Carrey's 'Grinch'.
30 January 2009 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Howard's 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' is a delightful family flick that both adults and children can enjoy (mostly with each other). It is basically an adaptation of the famous children's books and what the audience gets is a pleasant Christmas treat. Price's screenplay is brilliant as he cleverly manages to include some adult humour.

The world of Whoville is beautifully constructed and created, full of colour, life, energy and spirit. The vivacious characters are full of positive energy and while it is over the top, it is all done within the context and none of it appears out of place. The CGI team and makeup crew deserve full credit for making the characters and settings so lifelike, bringing out a lot of detail and appearing authentic. The set designs are stunning and the cinematography is just as energetic as the characters.

Child actress Taylor Momsen is absolutely. The cute dog also turns in a fine performance. Jeffrey Tambor, a very sexy Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin and Molly Shannon are first rate. However, what would 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' be without Jim Carrey? Carrey is simply fantastic as he immerses himself entirely into the character. It's a role that has Jim Carrey written all over it. The actor has immortalized the Grinch on screen.

The movie itself is not an exact 100% adaptation of the book as there are a few changes. The romance between the Grinch and Martha May could have been better developed. Other than the actors mentioned above, the rest of the cast hardly have anything to do than make fleeting appearances. Yet, 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' is a charming little Christmas family film that is dazzling to look at and hugely enjoyable with the whole family.


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