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Release Date:
20 May 1982 (USA) See more »
The Cat in the Hat is all set for a lovely picnic, but the evil Grinch changes his plans by inventing... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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  (in credits order)

Mason Adams ... The Cat in the Hat / Narrator (voice)

Bob Holt ... The Grinch (voice)

Frank Welker ... Max / Waiter / Additional Voices (voice)
Joe Eich ... Chef (voice)

Directed by
Bill Perez 
Writing credits
Dr. Seuss (written by)

Dr. Seuss (teleplay) (as Ted Geisel)

Produced by
David H. DePatie .... executive producer
Friz Freleng .... producer
Dr. Seuss .... producer (as Ted Geisel)
Original Music by
Joe Raposo 
Film Editing by
Jim Blodgett 
Richard S. Gannon  (as Richard Gannon)
Robert T. Gillis 
Production Management
Kathy Condon .... production manager
Lee Gunther .... in charge of production
Art Department
Roy Morita .... graphic designer
Ira Turek .... graphic designer
Camera and Electrical Department
John Burton Jr. .... camera effects
Animation Department
Jan Adams .... checking
Warren Batchelder .... animator
Dorris Bergstrom .... assistant animator
Oliver Callahan .... animator
Holly Forsyth .... assistant animator
John Gibbs .... animator
Lee Halpern .... animator
Alison Julian .... background artist (as Allison Julian)
Bob Kirk .... animator
Bob Matz .... animator
Norm McCabe .... animator
Burt Medall .... assistant animator
Ginny Parmele .... assistant animator
Andrew Phillipson .... background artist
Tom Ray .... animator
Morey Reden .... animator
Bob Richardson .... animator
Virgil Ross .... animator
Raul Salaiz .... assistant animator
Armand Shaw .... checking
Natalie Shirpser .... checking
Dennis Venizelos .... background artist
Ken Walker .... animator
Don Williams .... animator
Music Department
Dr. Seuss .... lyrics (as Ted Geisel)
Joe Siracusa .... composer: special music
Joe Siracusa .... music editor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Cat in the Hat Gets Grinched" - USA (video title)
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25 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »

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This is the last Dr. Seuss ABC television special produced by Marvel Productions & DePatie-Freleng Productions.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the Cat says, "I'd find out what's wrong with that Grinchy grouch," his lip movements are off.See more »
The Cat in the Hat:That Grinch. That Grinch! That psychopathic Grinch!
[pacing back and forth]
The Cat in the Hat:Why is a Grinch? What makes him tick? Why is his Grinch brain sick, sick, sick? Oh boy, if I had a psychiatrist couch, I'd find out what's wrong with that Grinchy grouch.
[a thought bubble appears above the Cat. Inside the bubble, the Grinch is seen reclining on a psychiatrist couch]
The Grinch:[in bubble] That's a lot of rot.
The Cat in the Hat:[talking to Grinch in bubble; singsong voice] Is there something in your family tree that causes Grinch a leg onesy?
The Grinch:Absolutely not.
The Cat in the Hat:As a boy, were you never a good Boy Scout? Did you ever eat too much sauerkraut? Did your schoolteacher say that you were a fool? Did you dive in an empty swimming pool?
The Grinch:Positively not!
The Cat in the Hat:Did you fight a lot with your older sisters? Did you suffer from poison ivy blisters? The shoes that you wore, were they too tight? Were you afraid to go out in the dark at night? Did some big bully steal your kite? Your teeth, was there something wrong with your bite? Or maybe your mother didn't treat you right?
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A clever partnership of two classic Dr Seuss characters, 29 March 2011
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I love the writing and stories of Dr Seuss, they are funny, witty, colourful and charming with great characters and amusing plots. The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are Dr Seuss at his best. The cartoon versions are timeless classics, and when it comes to the live-action versions Grinch is inferior but not as bad as it is made out to be in my opinion but Cat in the Hat is an abomination and the anti-thesis of the story it is based upon.

So what is this special? Well it is classic Dr Seuss, with not one but two classic Dr Who characters, The Grinch and Cat in the Hat. These two are great and iconic on their own, just imagine them together, for me it was a wonderful treat and so much fun. The story of The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat is simple, but has all the charm and fun of Dr Seuss's work. The dialogue is also very funny and witty.

The animation also impresses, it is very colourful and vibrant and sticks true to the style of the illustrations, while the music is equally energetic and playful. The pace is spot on, brisk and with seldom a dull moment, and both characters are wonderful to watch and exude an entertaining chemistry. The voice work is faultless, of course there will be inevitable comparisons with the original voice actors, but these voice actors are just as worthy and do a terrific job.

In conclusion, clever and entertaining special. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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