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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

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A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors:

Chuck Jones, Ben Washam (co-director)

Writers:

Dr. Seuss (book), Irv Spector (additional story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Narrator / The Grinch (voice)
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Storyline

Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of the nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. So disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he raids the village to steal all the Christmas things. The village is sure to have a sad Christmas this year. Written by Anonymous

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The fabled story world of DR. SEUSS comes to television for the first time in this colorful special for the whole family!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Boris Karloff would be the only British voice actor for the character of the Grinch until Benedict Cumberbatch took up the role in The Grinch (2018) fifty-two years later. See more »

Goofs

When Max clings to the Grinch, the Grinch lowers Max to his feet and makes him keep running. There is a sound effect when the Grinch removes his 1st foot, but not his 2nd. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville - did not. The Grinch hated Christmas - the whole Christmas season. Now, please don't ask why; no one quite knows the reason. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. Or it could be that his head wasn't screwed on just right. But I think that the most likely reason of all... may have been that his heart was two sizes too small. But, whatever the reason, his heart or his ...
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Crazy Credits

Thurl Ravenscroft received no screen credit for his singing, an oversight Dr. Seuss attempted to rectify by sending letters to every major columnist in America identifying Ravenscroft as the singer on "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch". He is also part of the chorus on the other two songs. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2006, the TNT version began showing on ABC, with the Phil Hartman segments re-filmed with Tom Bergeron. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Freakazoid!: The Freakazoid (1996) See more »

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Written by Dr. Seuss and Albert Hague
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The Best Christmas Story Ever.
19 December 2001 | by movies2uSee all my reviews

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) is the best Christmas movie ever. Christmas is my favorite holiday, so I really love Christmas movies. The 2000 version of The Grinch can't beat this classic original one. The new Grinch with Jim Carrey is really great, but the original is even better. I give How the Grinch Stole Christmas a 10 out of 10!!! :)


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