How the Grinch Stole Christmas Reviews
For Christmas, I wanted to review a Christmas movie. There were many I could choose from ranging from classics like It's a Wonderful Life to comedies like Elf to specials like A Charlie Brown Christmas to those movies that just happen to take place during Christmas like Die Hard. However, I decided to review possibly my favorite Christmas special of all-time which is also one of the best of all-time: the classic animated special Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The story, for the extreme few of you that do not know it, tells how the Grinch who, after years of suffering from the extremely annoying happiness of Christmas from the Whos of Whoville, decides to ruin their Christmas by, with the help of his berated dog Max, stealing anything Christmas related from their town and destroying it. This animated Christmas special is possibly one of the best Christmas-related entertainments I have ever seen. It is a near perfect animated feature despite only being a half hour long and being made for television. This special has some amazing animation. The landscapes and the attention to detail to the Christmas decorations are all beautiful and cinematic. Similarly, in addition to the comedic actions of the characters, the emotions and feelings of the characters are expressed efficiently in cartoony fashions, like the infamous "wonderful, awful idea" Grinch smile. Similarly, the slapstick and situations that the characters go through are represented hilariously through the animation. This attention to character emotion, detail, and slapstick is expected when one of the great Looney Tunes animators Chuck Jones was the director. In addition to the great director and animation, the special has interesting and engaging characters. The Grinch is one of the great Christmas characters of all-time. He is animated with funny expressions. The audience is able to connect with him despite technically being a villain because we understand his annoyance, are impressed by his creativity and dedication, and delight in the wickedness of his actions. The great Boris Karloff lends his voice to the Grinch as well as the narrator. His voice has a combination of intimidation and evil as the Grinch and a commanding intelligence and kindness as the narrator. Thus, the viewer wants to listen to him despite which character he is voicing. Similarly, the silent character of Max the dog is equally funny in his slapstick and exaggerated expressions and sympathetic in his loyalty to the Grinch. The story of the special is also memorable and engaging. It is nearly word for word from the book. However, it builds upon the book with silent moments that are not in the book but are still in the same spirit of the book. These silent montages and scenes have funny slapstick and display the Grinch's dedication and complexity of his plan. This adherence to the book and the addition of other scenes make the special have nearly perfect pacing. Also, the book's story and pacing are added to by the addition of numerous memorable songs. The Who's songs are able to convey their views on Christmas in a catchy tune. However, the song that steals the special is "You're a Mean One, Mister Grinch." Sung by Tony the Tiger himself Thurl Ravenscroft, the song encapsulates the wickedness of the Grinch and his actions in a creative and dark yet goofy and humorous fashion. The lyrics of the song are incredibly imaginative with strange combinations and comparisons that only the mind of Dr. Seuss could envision. It is a testimony to the greatness of the song when it is played three times throughout the special, yet it is never repetitive or boring. This lack of repetitiveness is also thanks to the hilarious and creative montages that are seen while the song is heard. The message of the special is unique and still pertinent to the Christmas season today. Summed up in the final lines of the narrator, the special delivers the message that how the commercialism and materialism of Christmas can distract from the happiness of Christmas from the joy and togetherness of people. While the message may have been in other Christmas specials or movies, I believe it has not been conveyed as simply or as efficiently as this special does. It is impressive that this animated special from the 1960s is able to hold up to modern animated films and specials. This feat is accomplished through its incredible story, characters, animation, voice acting, songs, and humor. I would definitely recommend Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas animated special to everyone this Christmas season. Personally, I think Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of the greatest animated specials, Christmas or otherwise of all time, and is my favorite Christmas movie or special of all-time. Merry Christmas to everyone and thank you for reading my reviews.
Instantly recognizable characters,story,design,moments,etc. I personally watch this whenever I feel down and it always cheer me up,even if I watch it more than once in one sitting.