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—Spanish Proverb
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas [1970]

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Director:Ben Washam
Chuck Jones
Writer:Bob Ogle
Irv Spector
Composer:Albert Hague
Songs:Albert Hague
Dr. Seuss
Length:26 minutes
MPAA Rating:TV-G
Suggested Event Use:Christmas
Sorting Category:Holiday
IMDB Rating:8.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:100%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
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  • Family
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Synopsis: The Grinch is determined to ruin a joyous holiday for the Whos.


Reaction: This is a classic Christmas film for all.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Ben Washam => Director
Chuck Jones => Director
Bob Ogle => Writer
Irv Spector => Writer
Albert Hague => Composer / Songs
Dr. Seuss => Songs / Original Children's Book
Boris Karloff => Narrator / The Grinch
June Foray => Cindy Lou Who (uncredited)
Thurl Ravenscroft => Singer (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Thurl Ravenscroft is perhaps better known as the voice of Tony the Tiger in TV commercials.
  • Dr. Seuss was initially uninterested in animating this or any of his books, but Chuck Jones managed to persuade him.
  • Dr. Seuss disputed casting Boris Karloff for fear that he would make the Grinch too scary.
  • Dr. Seuss wrote the lyrics to all the songs.
  • Boris Karloff's voice changes when he speaks for the Grinch. Originally he spoke in his "Narrator" voice throughout. After recording was complete, the highs in his voice were mechanically removed for the Grinch, giving him the gravelly voice heard in the finished version.
  • The lyrics to the song {Fahoo Forays} were made to imitate classical Latin. After the special aired, the studio received letters asking for a translation from people who believed them to be real Latin.
  • 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.
  • After the Grinch's "change of heart", his pupils change from red to blue.
  • Though all of the production and character designs were based upon original artwork from the book, Dr. Seuss thought that the Grinch more closely resembled Chuck Jones rather than the original Grinch drawings.
  • Dr. Seuss's wife was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, and Seuss included nods to the sorority in various parts of this film.