How the Grinch Stole Christmas

1967

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1967)

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Critic Consensus: How the Grinch Stole Christmas 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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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. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for How the Grinch Stole Christmas

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5)

The story might be familiar, but watching The Grinch tiptoe around to "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" always brings a surge of fuzzy nostalgia every Christmas season that never seems to get old.

Nov 30, 2018 | Full Review…

The special works because of its surprisingly sentimental climax, one that comes by its emotion honestly, as the Grinch realizes the Christmas spirit is indomitable, no matter what he does to stop it.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…
AV Club
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This lusty, garishly colored, good-hearted cartoon was a wonderful, awful idea.

Aug 31, 2008 | Full Review…
TIME Magazine
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I've always thought Boris Karloff's last great role was as the snarling, malevolent voice of the Grinch in this 1966 television cartoon.

Mar 10, 2008 | Full Review…

A seasonal classic.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Its brightness, cleanness, tightness, and wit all go in to making it feel as fresh and alive as any other piece of animation from its generation.

Nov 19, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for How the Grinch Stole Christmas

A Christmas classic wonderfully narrated by Boris Karloff (!!!) Having seen it again as an adult, it did not impress me as magically superb as it did as a child. But then again, what does?

Christian C
Christian C

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One of my all-time favorite Christmas films. This is an absolute classic. Like the story it's based on, it's short, sweet, and to the point. Yeah, the scenario is quite typical, with a curmudgeon learning to love instead of hate, but hot damn it is done so well here. Chuck Jones knocks it out of the park with his crisp animation, the art direction, set design, and style are pure, wonderful, Suess, and they got Boris Karloff to narrate and voice the Grinch, and that's just perfect. If you have managed to not see this yet, you really must.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

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Simply a christmas classic.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

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I watc this every year, it fun and great.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

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