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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (TV Movie 1966) Poster

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Thurl Ravenscroft, who sang the song, is best known as the voice of Tony the Tiger in numerous Frosted Flakes' TV commercials. Thurl was picked to sing these songs, because his voice was like an extremely deep bass or baritone voice.
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Dr. Seuss disputed casting Boris Karloff for fear that he would make the Grinch too scary.
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Boris Karloff's voice changes when he speaks for the Grinch. Originally he spoke in his "Narrator" voice throughout. After recording was complete, the highs in his voice were mechanically removed for the Grinch, giving him the gravelly voice heard in the finished version.
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Dr. Seuss was initially uninterested in animating this or any of his books, but Chuck Jones managed to persuade him.
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The lyrics to the song "Fahoo Foraze" were made to imitate classical Latin. After the special aired, the studio received letters asking for a translation from people who believed them to be real Latin.
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Dr. Seuss wrote the lyrics to all the songs.
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Though all of the production and character designs were based upon original artwork from the book, Dr. Seuss thought that the Grinch more closely resembled Chuck Jones rather than the original Grinch drawings.
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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.
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Throughout the movie, the Grinch's eye color is red, indicting his bitter, misanthropic and sneaky personality. But towards the end, where he discovers the true meaning of Christmas by the sight of the still happy rejoicing Whos in the deprived town of Whoville, his eyes turn blue; meaning that he has a change of heart.
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Chuck Jones, a lifelong lover of Rudyard Kipling, was inspired to cast Boris Karloff as the Grinch after hearing a recording of Karloff reading Kipling's Jungle Book stories.
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Dr. Seuss's wife was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, and Seuss included nods to the sorority in various parts of this film.
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The Grinch's green color was decided by director Chuck Jones' experiences renting cars in the Washington-Baltimore area which he claimed always turned out to be the exact shade.
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This film came out 3 days after Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966.
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The animated short sits at a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, its Critics Consensus states that the movie "brings an impressive array of talent to bear on an adaptation that honors a classic holiday story - and has rightfully become a yuletide tradition of its own."
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