How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) Poster


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The prosthetic make-up Jim Carrey wore took about 8 hours to apply. Carrey felt so horribly confined and uncomfortable in the latex skin he needed counseling from a CIA agent who taught him torture-resistance techniques.
The line "6:30 p.m. Dinner with me; I can't cancel that again." was improvised by Jim Carrey.
No movie has featured so many characters in heavy makeup since The Wizard of Oz (1939).
The Whoville set was built mostly on the backlot of Universal Studios behind the still-standing Bates Motel. During a break in filming Jim Carrey surprised and scared tourists on the Universal Backlot Tour by running out of the hotel wearing a dress and brandishing a knife. Nobody recognized him, and the tour guide at Universal Studios will tell you the story when you pass by the hotel on the Backlot Tour.
The scene where The Grinch is directing his dog, Max, before stealing Christmas, is Jim Carrey making fun of director Ron Howard, acting almost exactly like how he directs scenes. Howard found the scene hilarious, and decided to include it in the film.
Jim Carrey, with no accompaniment or anything to alter his voice, sang a few verses of the signature song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch".
One morning, director Ron Howard came in at 3:30 to put on the Grinch suit with full make-up and directed the entire day with the suit on.
Jim Carrey spent 92 days in the Grinch make-up spending 2.5 hours in the morning getting in, and 1 hour in the evening to get out. According to the actor, he became a "zen master" while sitting in the make-up chair.
Jim Carrey's Grinch suit is covered in yak hairs, which were dyed green and sewn one by one onto a spandex suit.
Ron Howard was so thankful for Jim Carrey putting up with the uncomfortable hours to apply his make-up, he had the same make-up put on himself to make Carrey feel better. However, when Carrey first saw Howard in full Grinch outfit, he was angered, mistaking the director for a stunt double who "looked nothing like him".
Josh Ryan Evans (Young Grinch) was 18 when shooting the movie; he was born with achondroplasia which is a form of dwarfism. He died 2 years after the movie was released; at the age of 20.
Jim Carrey's yellow contact lenses proved to be so uncomfortable that he was unable to wear them at times during filming. This required that some shots of his eyes be colored in post-production.
Everything in the film revolves around a swirl, the same as in the original drawings of the book. This includes the clouds. If you look closely at several scenes, several times the initials "C.H.", "J.C.," and "R.H." briefly form as the clouds move. This stands for actor Clint Howard (Whobris), actor Jim Carrey (The Grinch), and director Ron Howard.
Jim Carrey accepted the role of The Grinch when he heard a tape of a kid's choir singing the song "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch".
Audrey Geisel came to the set of Man on the Moon (1999) to see if Jim Carrey was right to play the Grinch. He was so deep into the character of Andy Kaufman, however he had to essentially do an impression of himself doing an impression of The Grinch, and that was what got him the gig.
The original Grinch was not green-like everything else in the book, he was black and white with some red and pink splotches, but Ron Howard wanted the film to also be an adaptation of the Chuck Jones cartoon.
Some statistics:
  • Make-up appliances used during production: approximately 8,000

  • Props created for the film: over 300 - Number of ornaments: 8,200

  • Number of candy canes: 1,938

  • Crushed marble used for snow on Who suburbs exterior sets: 152,000 lbs

  • Outfits created by wardrobe: 443

  • Number of sound stages used: 11

  • Make-up artists used on busiest days: 45

  • Styrofoam used to build sets: 2 million linear feet (or 6 miles, if it was cut into standard board length)

Actors went to Who-School with a choreographer, learning how to move and be comfortable being a Who.
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.
As of filming, this movie had the largest set at Universal.
In the final scene, Cindy Lou passes Max (the dog) a plate of "Green Eggs & Ham" in reference to Dr. Suess' other book.
The photo of The Grinch in the Whoville newspaper has The Grinch in the same pose as an infamous alleged photo taken of the "Yeti" or "Sasquatch."
Anthony Hopkins recorded all the narration for the movie in one day.
Many Cirque du Soleil performers were used for the more acrobatic tricks and stunts in the movie. They can be spotted in the beginning as some of the Whos in the parade.
Top-selling movie ticket of 2000 - 50 million sold.
After The Grinch leaves Whoville for the second time, the camera pans up and a statue of an Elephant can be seen, in reference to "Horton Hears a Who."
Jeremy Howard shaved off his eyebrows for the duration of production to help cut makeup time in half.
There are 40,000 computer generated trees in the opening shot sequence.
Author Dr. Seuss/Theodore Seuss Geisel and (after his death) his widow had been approached previously to authorize a live-action version of the story. After the success of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, Mrs. Geisel saw the potential of a live-action interpretation.
During shooting, more than 1000 man hours were used to apply the extensive makeup on the actors.
Approximately 600 visual effects were used in the film totaling 43 minutes of screen time.
The sound stage for the Whoville set measured around 30,000 square feet.
According to the set designers, Medieval, Moroccan, and Islamic influences were used as architectural references in the books.
Cinematographer Donald Peterman's final film before his death in 2011. He was unable to shoot any more, due to the injuries he sustained in an accident on the set of Mighty Joe Young (1998). He found it difficult working on this film due to the after-effects of his injuries, and by the end of shooting much of his work had been taken over by his son, second unit cinematographer Keith Peterman.
Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson were considered to play The Grinch.
When the Grinch drove the little car when he was destroying Christmas, Jim Carrey said that it was really hard to drive it and It took him forever to get the feel of the car.
Martha May Whovier, the rich and beautiful Who-lady, has the last name of "Whovier," which seems to be a play on the name "Bouvier." Jacqueline Bouvier was the symbol of beautiful and rich to many people, having married a Kennedy, become First Lady of the United States, and later married again to become Jackie Onassis.
For a while, Tim Burton was considering to direct, but could not due to a conflict with another movie.
The inscription on the coins in the store is "E Pluribus Whonum."
The costume designer had a bit of fun in designing different Whos, among them will be a Chanelle-Who, and Prada-Who.
The Grinch is the only character who breaks the fourth wall in the film. He actively tries to avoid speaking in rhyme and even interacts with the narrator.
Max the male dog is played by Kelley, a female dog.
Final film of Josh Ryan Evans.
In the original adaptation of the Grinch, the Grinch's main dislike of Christmas is due to the loud noise and extreme gluttony. However in the movie, that is just one of many reasons why Grinch dislikes Christmas.
The Navy cap the Grinch wears when pretending to be a director with Max reads "WSS Whoville WVN-70."
Max was originally going to be a CGI dog.
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Despite being portrayed as the same age seeing as they were in the same classroom as kids, Christine Baranski aka Martha May Whovier (the Grinch's love interest) is actually 10 years older than Jim Carrey in real life.
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Taylor Momsen, who played Cindi Lou Who, became one of the leading rock singer/songwriters of the 2010s, fronting the band The Pretty Reckless.
The Grinch's only real victim while he is stealing Christmas, is a fluffy white cat that he accidentally sucked up with vacuum while stealing presents from a house.
When the grinch is sucking up all the presents at the lou's house there is a goldfish in a bowl in reference to Dr Seuss' cat in the hat
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CASTLE THUNDER: Heard when the rocket-sleigh turns on for the first time.
The casting of Anthony Hopkins as the narrator mirrors the casting of the horror genre great Boris Karloff in the original animated movie as Hopkins had a career revival in the Hannibal horror franchise.
This movie makes the Grinch a more sympathetic character than the book and Chuck Jones special did.
Tim Burton's adaptation would've been darker, and the Grinch would've been a more despicable character.
Jeffrey Tambor who plays the Mayor in the film starred in a previous Brian Grazer production, Arrested Development originally and still to this day has been narrated by Ron Howard.
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It's possible that the Grinch pays taxes on his Mount Crumpit lair. In the movie, the Grinch states that he believes that Santa lives in the North Pole to avoid paying taxes.
Mount Crumpit is 3000 feet high.
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Despite living with the Grinch, Max has a lot of Christmas spirit. Max is shown secretly dancing to Christmas music while the Grinch is away.
The sets originally were going to be filmed on a green screen stage, with the sets added in post production.
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The Grinch's dog, Max, has the same name as Jim Carrey's son in Liar Liar (1997).
Max appears to understand the English language by being able to obey specific commands by the Grinch, like what size wrench to bring him.
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The words "Grinch" and "Christmas" are spoken by every major character in the movie, except Max.
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LOGO GIMMICK: There is snow falling on the ground in the "Imagine Entertainment" logo.
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The Grinch has sharp fingernails that can dent cars, and cut through thick glass.
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Ron Howard's brother, Clint Howard, is also in the movie as Whobris. When the mayor is asking for nominations for Holiday Cheermeister, Whobris is standing next to him assisting the mayor.
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Jim Carrey admitted to feeling ashamed for not trying to prevent some of the adult humor in this film. He then found out that director Ron Howard had actually removed many other jokes that were even more raunchy, but had to keep some of it due to what they both claim as "studio interference".
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Director Cameo 

Ron Howard: One of the startled Whos while the Grinch rants in the city square.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Ron Howard's family shows up in several spots in the movie: his father is the elder Who that shouts "Put him in the Chair of Cheer!"; his daughter shows up as the red-head Who in the quick shot after the Grinch turns the lights in Whoville back on; his wife can be seen holding hands with the Elder Who when all the Whos gather around the tree.
The real Santa Claus is shown for a total of five seconds in the film. The Grinch and Max are only ones who see him, since all the Whos are asleep.
When the Grinch's heart begins to grow, it hurts his chest and he falls to the ground and wounds his hand. He turns back and forth between his two injuries, mimicking a similar gag from Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) in which Ace takes a spear to each leg.
The Grinch doesn't conjure up the idea to steal Christmas until an hour into the film.

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