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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

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A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors:

Chuck Jones, Ben Washam (co-director)

Writers:

Dr. Seuss (book), Irv Spector (additional story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Narrator / The Grinch (voice)
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Storyline

Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of the nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. So disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he raids the village to steal all the Christmas things. The village is sure to have a sad Christmas this year. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The fabled story world of DR. SEUSS comes to television for the first time in this colorful special for the whole family!


Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Grinch's green color was decided by director Chuck Jones' experiences renting cars in the Washington-Baltimore area which he claimed always turned out to be the exact shade. See more »

Goofs

The white stuffing on the Grinch's Santa suit is on when he and Max have started preventing the sleigh from falling off the cliff. As the camera pans away in the next shot, the stuffing is gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville - did not. The Grinch hated Christmas - the whole Christmas season. Now, please don't ask why; no one quite knows the reason. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. Or it could be that his head wasn't screwed on just right. But I think that the most likely reason of all... may have been that his heart was two sizes too small. But, whatever the reason, his heart or his ...
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Crazy Credits

The complete credit for Boris Karloff in the opening credits reads as follows: "the sounds of the Grinch are by Boris Karloff... and read by Boris Karloff too!" See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1994, "How The Grinch Stole Christmas!" was shown on TNT as an hour long special with a "behind-the-scenes" documentary that followed immediately after the end of the cartoon. This version was not available after the host, Phil Hartman, was murdered. The 30min documentary is available on the DVD. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

You're the Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Part 2
(1966) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Dr. Seuss
Music by Albert Hague
Conducted by Eugene Poddany
Performed by Thurl Ravenscroft
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User Reviews

Wonderful!
23 September 1999 | by JynneSee all my reviews

I love watching this movie, and recently bought it on VHS. Even though it was Summertime, I still loved it--the songs, the great narration by Boris Karloff (also the Grinch). It will hold up against any piece of animation made in the last 20 years, in my opinion--another example of quality that just doesn't exist anymore.


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