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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!


Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the 1980's, some TV broadcasts of this special were edited down slightly. The second singing of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", as well as half of the third singing of the song were cut from those broadcasts. See more »

Goofs

The slice of roast beast that the Grinch carves changes color as he passes it to the plate. 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

The complete credit for Boris Karloff in the opening credits reads as follows: "the sounds of the Grinch are by Boris Karloff... and read by Boris Karloff too!" 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 Family Ties: Starting Over (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Part 1
(1966) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Dr. Seuss
Music by Albert Hague
Conducted by Eugene Poddany
Performed by Thurl Ravenscroft
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Perfection.
7 December 2001 | by La GremlinSee all my reviews

It doesn't get any better than this.

This is, quite possibly, the one perfect Holiday movie. There has never ever been a more wonderful combination of talent than Chuck Jones and Dr. Suess. Only a quick tug on my brow hairs can bring me quicker to tears than the scene where the Grinch learns the truth about Christmas.

Pure perfection.


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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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