How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of a nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. Disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he decides to raid the village to steal all the Christmas things.
That was an excellent one.
Redundant and unnecessary.
The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.
Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable
If you only have the time (or the inclination) to watch just one "Holiday" presentation, this is THE one to watch. If you've never seen it, you are in for a treat. If you have seen it, you know what I'm talking' 'bout ! It is pure perfection. It's not sticky. It's not sweet. The animation is pure delight. The narrator and the voice of the Grinch were cast by a total genius. It is impossible to imagine anyone else doing the job better. Karloff IS The Grinch. Case closed, end of discussion. It would be great if there were a "making-of" film showing Karloff recording the entire reading. Speaking of "grrrreat" ...it's interesting reading the other reviews and seeing that it was thought by many that the singing was also done by Karloff. Not so. 'Twas Tony the Tiger moonlighting for this job. Yay ! Wonderous lyrics wonderfully presented.OK, bottom line. Sick of the "only a little kid could like this" animated shows ? Check out the Grinch, you won't regret it.>Edit: Get your own copy. Do not watch it with commercial breaks.
This is what most people think of when Christmas specials come to mind. There's just something about how simple the story is, how great the animation is, and how perfect the message is. For me, Christmas has never been about celebrating the birth of Jesus, and it hasn't been about presents either, Christmas has always been about spending time with people you love. The gifts are nice, but at the end of the day, family is the most important thing, and Dr. Seuss knew this. The movie doesn't have a religious agenda, or a capitalist agenda, the message is that Christmas is about celebrating what we have and loving who we have with us. The songs are classic, the animation still holds up, the message is great, and it's all wrapped up in half an hour, what's better than that?
"Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas means just a little bit more..." that line sums up the film.Funny how some people do not actually pay attention to this films ending - they only remember him stealing all the Christmas away from everyone but they fail to remember the lesson of the tale which is the ending of the film: the Grinch's heart grew 3 times that day and he brought back all the Christmas items to the Whos. Don't forget who carved the roast beast! The Grinch learned the real meaning of Christmas.A wonderful Christmas story for the whole family. A timeless classic.10/10
OK, this is one of the best films out there. A 22 minute TV special directed by Chuck Jones for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Jones worked at MGM after being fired by WB in 1963. He worked at MGM to produce 34 Tom and Jerry shorts, The Dot and the Line, 2 Dr. Seuss specials and a ton of other stuff. When the MGM cartoon studio shut down in 1967, he had to find work and joined DePatie-Freleng for a while. He helped Friz Freleng in his Dr. Seuss specials.Anyways, the Grinch, with a size two hearts, too small, tries to ruin Christmas for the town of Whoville. He gets his dog and they go down the mountain. At night, he reaches the first house, but a girl sees him, so he lies and escorts her to bed. He then steals a bunch of stuff. In the morning, he goes up the mountain but he realizes that all this stuff would fall down. His heart then grows and brings the stuff back to the people of Whoville. They have dinner as the movie ends.A timeless classic. This comes around CN and Boomerang over the Christmas holidays as Turner acquired copyrights to the film in 1986.10/10