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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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TV-G | See all certifications »

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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 »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dr. Seuss was initially uninterested in animating this or any of his books, but Chuck Jones managed to persuade him. See more »

Goofs

When the camera pans away from the Grinch and the Whos at the dinner table, one of the diners' pink beard switches to brown, and then back again. 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

American network TV prints often eliminate the verse from "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" that begins, "You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch." In addition, a sequence showing the Grinch leering at a little girl with an evil grin is usually deleted. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
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Written by Dr. Seuss and Albert Hague
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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