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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

The only actor who was credited was Boris Karloff. See more »

Goofs

When the Grinch is cutting Max's antler, the pieces that have fallen on the floor suddenly jump several inches closer to Max. 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

The version shown on CBS from, possibly, the 70's up to 1985 eliminates the verses and segments "You're a vile one" and "You're a rotter" of the Mr. Grinch segment/montage. It cuts from the segment where the Grinch stuffs the items from the Christmas tree in bags up the chimney to the scene where he appears, grinning, at the Who children sleeping in bed with their candy canes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Up All Night: First Christmas (2011) 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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The True, Original Classic!
20 November 2001 | by shark-43See all my reviews

There is only one TRUE version of the GRINCH and this is it. Practically perfect, this little cartoon has all the heart andbite and sweetness of the classic book. Between Karloff's wonderful reading and Chuck Jones' spirited animation and direction, this is a Christmas masterpiece. I cant begin to hide my contempt for the mega-budgeted, bloated, all flash disaster that Ron Howard made recently. Hey, fine, go crazy, what worries me is that small kids will ONLY see the Jim Carrey's latex puppet mess andnot the original. PLEASE seek this out for your kids. It is beautiful.


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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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