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Halloween Is Grinch Night (1977)

The evil Grinch who stole Christmas is back to steal Halloween! It's Grinch night and all over Whoville, a horrible storm has started which gives the Grinch a chance to have some fun. But ... See full summary »

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Gerard Baldwin

Writer:

Dr. Seuss (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Hans Conried ... The Grinch / Narrator (voice)
Hal Smith ... Josiah (voice)
Gary Shapiro Gary Shapiro ... Euchariah (voice)
Irene Tedrow ... Mariah (voice)
Jack DeLeon ... Sergeant Samuel McPherson (voice)
Henry Gibson ... Max (singing voice)
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Storyline

The evil Grinch who stole Christmas is back to steal Halloween! It's Grinch night and all over Whoville, a horrible storm has started which gives the Grinch a chance to have some fun. But he's soon foiled by a young boy who's on his way to the Uphamisim. Written by RobocopTNG986127

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grinch Night See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first Dr. Seuss special to not use "A Cat in the Hat Production". See more »

Quotes

Grinch: It's a wonderful night for eyebrows. It's a wonderful night for teeth! It's a wonderful night for Grinch Night! Their troubles will now commence, oh I wouldn't stay home on a night like this for sixty dollars and sixty cents!
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Connections

Follows The Cat in the Hat (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Wandering in the Wind
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Not a classic in the way How the Grinch Stole Christmas is, but it is still great
1 November 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Halloween is Grinch Night is not going to appeal to everybody, people will find it hugely entertaining and others will find it bizarre. I do belong in the former category, but I can certainly understand the latter opinion as well. It is not as good as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but is still very impressive. The animation is very good, it is full of colour and the Paraphanelia Wagon sequence is memorably trippy. The music is wonderful, I love the jauntiness of the incidental scoring and the songs are very catchy. Max also sings and his song I found touching as a child and still do at 20. There are more faithful Dr Seuss adaptations out there, but the rhymes that form the dialogue are witty and elegant at the same time, while the story is briskly paced and bewitchingly oddball. The characters are ones you engage with, The Grinch himself will live long in the memory, and the voice acting is superb especially the soothing then terrifying narrator/Grinch of Hans Conreid, a worthy successor to Boris Karloff. So all in all, a great and underrated special. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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