How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) Poster


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.
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According to the dvd special features, the prosthetic make-up Jim Carrey wore took about three hours to apply and one hour to remove. It is rumored that Carrey felt so confined and uncomfortable in the latex skin that he sought 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.
The scene where The Grinch is directing his dog, Max, before stealing Christmas, is Jim Carrey making fun of director Ron Howard, imitating his style of directing. Howard found the scene hilarious, and decided to include it in the film.
No movie other than this has featured so many characters in heavy makeup and/or costumes since The Wizard of Oz (1939).
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.
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.
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".
Jim Carrey's Grinch suit is covered in yak hair, which was dyed green and sewn onto a spandex suit.
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.
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, with no accompaniment or anything to alter his voice, sang a few verses of the signature song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch".
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.
Actors went to Who-School with a choreographer, learning how to move and be comfortable being a Who.
In the final scene, Cindy Lou passes Max (the dog) a plate of "Green Eggs & Ham" in reference to Dr. Suess' other book.
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)
As of filming, this movie had the largest set at Universal.
The photo of The Grinch in the Whoville newspaper has The Grinch in the same pose as an infamous alleged photo taken of the "Bigfoot" or "Sasquatch."
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.
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.
Jeremy Howard shaved off his eyebrows for the duration of production to help cut makeup time in half.
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.
There are 40,000 computer generated trees in the opening shot sequence.
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."
During shooting, more than 1000 man hours were used to apply the extensive makeup on the actors.
According to the set designers, Medieval, Moroccan, and Islamic influences were used as architectural references in the books.
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.
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. But Seuss was unhappy with his previous live-action effort, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr T, and turned down any such proposals. But then, 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.
Max was originally going to be a CGI dog.
In the original adaptation of the Grinch, the Grinch's main dislike of Christmas is due to the loud noise and extreme gluttony. However, for the movie, an extensive backstory was created to explain why the Grinch dislikes Christmas.
Approximately 600 visual effects were used in the film totaling 43 minutes of screen time.
The inscription on the coins in the store is "E Pluribus Whonum."
Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson were considered to play The Grinch.
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.
For a while, Tim Burton was considering to direct, but could not due to a conflict with another movie.
Max the male dog is played by Kelley, a female dog.
Jim Carrey admitted to feeling ashamed for not trying to prevent some of the adult humor in this film, and has repeatedly stated that all of the jokes he ad-libbed were age appropriate. 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".
The costume designer had a bit of fun in designing different Whos, among them will be a Chanelle-Who, and Prada-Who.
The sound stage for the Whoville set measured around 30,000 square feet.
Final film of Josh Ryan Evans.
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.
The Navy cap the Grinch wears when pretending to be a director with Max reads "WSS Whoville WVN-70."
When the grinch is sucking up all the presents at the Lou's house, there is a goldfish in a bowl -- a reference to Dr Seuss' The Cat in the Hat.
Jeffrey Tambor, who plays the Mayor in this film, later starred in the Brian Grazer production, "Arrested Development", narrated by Ron Howard.
The casting of Anthony Hopkins as the narrator mirrors the casting of the horror genre great Boris Karloff in the original animated movie, in that Hopkins had a career revival in the Hannibal horror franchise.
By virtue of a sad backstory, the movie makes the Grinch a more sympathetic character than he was in the book or the Chuck Jones special.
As usual, Ron Howard gave a role to his brother, Clint Howard, as Whobris, the mayor's assistant.
The movie was originally going to be shot on a green screen stage, with CG sets added in post production.
Despite the fact that their characters 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.
CASTLE THUNDER: Heard when the rocket-sleigh turns on for the first time.
Taylor Momsen, who played Cindi Lou Who, became one of the leading rock singer/songwriters of the 2010s, fronting the band The Pretty Reckless.
Mount Crumpit is 3000 feet high.
LOGO GIMMICK: There is snow falling on the ground in the "Imagine Entertainment" logo.
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Jim Carrey, who plays the Grinch, would go on to play another Christmas-hating character, Ebenezer Scrooge, in the 2009 Disney version of A Christmas Carol (2009). Happily, both characters become kind and generous at the end of their respective films.
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Tim Burton's adaptation would've been darker, and the Grinch would've been a more despicable character.
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.
In this movie, when the Grinch is trying to drown out the noise of the Who's singing, he hits his head, right before using the giant monkey bashing the cymbals, and Jim Carrey says, "Owie!" He says the same thing, in the same tone, as he says it in the Jim Carrey movie Liar Liar (1997), when he bangs hit head against the bathroom wall while standing at the urinal, trying to think of way to get the case postponed.
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The words "Grinch" and "Christmas" are spoken by every major character in the movie, except Max.
Cindy Lou Who and the children in the Grinch's class don't have the same nose as the adult Whos.
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Max appears to understand the English language by being able to obey specific commands by the Grinch, like what size wrench to bring him.
The Grinch's dog, Max, has the same name as Jim Carrey's son in Liar Liar (1997).
The Grinch has sharp fingernails that can dent cars, and cut through thick glass.
The Grinch has two similarities to Jim Carrey's other character Stanley Ipkiss/Mask in the 1994 film The Mask. Both the Grinch and Mask are green in appearance (although the Mask is only green in the face), and the Grinch and Stanley both have dogs, named Max and Milo, respectively.
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Mount Crumpit and Whoville are based on two real-life locations just north of Dr. Suess's hometown of Springfield, Mass. Mount Crumpit is based on Mount Tom, a 1,202-foot peak that overlooks the town of Easthampton just as the Grinch's mountain overlooks Whoville.
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American Humane Association monitored the animal action. No animals were harmed. Scenes appearing to place animals in jeopardy were stimulated. (AHA 00020)
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Jeremy Howard: Drew Lou Who, one of the children of Lou and Betty Lou Who.
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Rance Howard: An old timekeeper who gets his liquor taken by the Grinch, who uses it to burn the town's giant Christmas tree.
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John Alexander: One of the shopping Whos during the opening scene.
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Clayton Martinez: A cook Who during the Cheermister celebration.
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Gavin Grazer: The yodeler who gets nabbed and clothes stolen by the Grinch.
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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, a young Bryce Dallas Howard, shows up as the red-headed 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.
The word "grinch" is said 67 times
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When The Grinch first arrives to Whoville as a baby, he looks through the window at a party. Some Whos are seen dropping keys in a bowl. This is a swinger party tradition. An adult theme that ultimately stayed in the movie.
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There's a serious alteration from the source materials, which loses some of the original spirit. In the book and the cartoon, when the Whos wake up and find their presents stolen, they don't care, and sing to welcome Christmas anyway. In this version, they are upset and angry, and need to be convinced to appreciate Christmas.
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