How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Director: Chuck Jones

Cast: Chuck Jones, Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft

     
 

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Chuck Jones' animated version of the classic Dr. Seuss book How the Grinch Stole Christmas originally aired on television in 1966 and has since become a holiday family favorite. Voiced by Boris Karloff (who also narrates), the Grinch lives on top of a hill overlooking Whoville with his dog, Max. Each year at Christmas time, the Grinch's hatred grows stronger

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Chuck Jones' animated version of the classic Dr. Seuss book How the Grinch Stole Christmas originally aired on television in 1966 and has since become a holiday family favorite. Voiced by Boris Karloff (who also narrates), the Grinch lives on top of a hill overlooking Whoville with his dog, Max. Each year at Christmas time, the Grinch's hatred grows stronger toward those insufferably cheerful Whos down in Whoville. Content to exchange presents, eat large banquets, and sing songs in the town square, the Whos live in a blissful ignorance of the Grinch's contempt. One year, he gets the idea to stop Christmas from coming by dressing up as Santa Claus. He cobbles together an outfit and makes his dog drag him around on a sleigh while sneaking into the Whos' homes and stealing their presents, food, and decorations. After he has stolen every last thing, the Whos wake up on Christmas morning to sing in the town square, causing the Grinch to question the basis of his nefarious plan. Thurl Ravenscroft (the voice of kid cereal mascot Tony the Tiger) provides the vocals for the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." This story was remade into a live-action movie in 2000 by director Ron Howard starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch.

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Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
For generations of children, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the Grinch -- the annual viewing of this animated favorite, based on Dr. Seuss's children's book and narrated in inimitable style by Boris Karloff, has become as much a part of the holidays as trimming the tree. The grumpy old Grinch, an anti-Santa with "a heart two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas from the cheerful little inhabitants of Whoville, but discovers to his surprise that to the Whos, Christmas means more than just presents and holiday trappings. Also included is Horton Hears a Who, in which Horton the elephant champions tolerance when he defends Whoville, the tiny, alternative universe he finds inside a daisy. Bringing Dr. Seuss's singular images to animated life is no mean feat. But Chuck Jones, animator of such cartoon legends as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the Road Runner, renders Dr. Seuss's eye-catching, tongue-twisting stories perfectly, creating a pair of animated classics with the visual and thematic depth to endure many joyful annual visits from children and adults alike.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/11/2009
UPC:
0883929042258
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
0:26:00
Sales rank:
5,365

Special Features

Making animation and bringing it to life: Audio commentary with animator Phil Roman and June Foray, the voice of Cindy Lou Who; Featurette dr. Seuss and the Grinch - from Whoville to Hollywood: A rapping, rhyming chronicle of the original book and this beloved animation adaptation; Songs in the key of Grinch: Interviews with composer Albert Hague and vocals Thurl Revenscroft; Who's who in Whoville: Biography gallery; Grinch song selections: Go right to your favorite songs; TNT's how the Grinch Stole Christmas: Special edition featurette with Phil Hartman ; Grinch pencil test

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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I love watching this during December. Christmas is the best holiday ever. This is a tradition for me to watch this every year. Already listening to Christmas music. Way better than that 2002 something version. Love this movie.
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This has to be the best Christmas movie ever! i don't know what it is the makes it so enjoyable, but it definatley has that something. is it the songs? i don't know, but this is definatley... um.. i am lost for words. no word is good enough to describe it! all i can say if you haven't seen it, wbere have you been?
Guest More than 1 year ago
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is a Christmas classic that usually receives repeated viewings in my household. The Grinch is a timeless tale of tolerance, discised as a fantasy. It's the perfect way to put your Little Cindy Lou Who to bed on Christmas Eve, or any night of the year. "Hurton Hears A Who" is another delightful story, which will be especially popular with animal lovers. The animated adaptations of these two stories are a "hateful" of fun! Here's more on each of the shorts, because a person is a person no matter how small and you deserve some good protect information. You can keep your Frosty the Snowman, Rudoplh the Red Nosed Reindeer, Muppet Christmas, and all the rest. Just let me have my Grinch. Quite simply, this is the best movie that money can buy- a wonderful gift and you never can have too many Grinch movies. Any family should own this movie. After all, who can resist this tale of selfishness conquered by love? Not me, that's for sure. I refuse to see the Jim Carrey version nothing can top this Dr. Seuss masterpiece. Not even Hollywood. The Grinch is a mean one, and your kids will think YOU'RE mean if you don't stuff their stocking with this. It's collectively a perfect disc, and kids will be excited to hear that the soundtracks to both films appear unabridged on a single disc. This is a very special DVD release sure to satisfy the ones who aren't getting a lump of coal this year....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wouldn't be Christmas without watching the "Grinch" every year. My family loves this movie.
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