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How the Grinch Stole Christmas [2000] (1 disc)

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Director:Ron Howard
Writer:Jeffrey Price
Peter S. Seaman
Composer:James Horner
Songs:Cynthia Weil
Dr. Seuss
Mariah Carey
Length:104 minutes
(1 hour 44 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Christmas
Sorting Category:Holiday
IMDB Rating:5.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:53%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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  • Kids
  • Comedy
  • Family
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Synopsis: The Grinch ... steals ... something. And he has a past ... of some sort.


Reaction: This is a reasonable interpretation. It's hard to take the short story from the book and make a full-length movie out of it, but this one works.


Personal Rating: 8/10

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Ron Howard => Director / Whoville Townsperson (uncredited)
Jeffrey Price => Writer
Peter S. Seaman => Writer
James Horner => Composer
Cynthia Weil => Songs
Dr. Seuss => Songs / Original Children's Book
Mariah Carey => Songs
Anthony Hopkins => Narrator (voice)
Bill Irwin => Lou Lou Who
Bryce Dallas Howard => Surprised Who (as Bryce Howard)
Christine Baranski => Martha May Whovier
Clint Howard => Whobris
Deep Roy => Post Office Clerk
Frank Welker => Max the Dog (voice)
Jeffrey Tambor => Mayor Augustus Maywho
Jeremy Howard => Drew Lou Who
Jim Carrey => Grinch
Josh Ryan Evans => 8-Year-Old Grinch
Mary Stein => Miss Rue Who
Mindy Sterling => Clarnella
Molly Shannon => Betty Lou Who
Rachel Winfree => Rose
Rance Howard => Elderly Timekeeper
Rick Baker => Puppeteer
T.J. Thyne => Stu Lou Who
Taylor Momsen => Cindy Lou Who
Tim Blaney => Puppeteer
Verne Troyer => Band Member (as Verne J. Troyer)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • No movie has featured so many characters in heavy makeup since The Wizard of Oz.
  • The scene where The Grinch is directing his dog, Max, before stealing Christmas, is Jim Carrey doing a parody of director Ron Howard.
  • Anthony Hopkins recorded all the narration for the movie in one day.
  • Jim Carrey's Grinch suit is covered in yak hairs, which were dyed green and sewn one by one onto a spandex suit.
  • Jim Carrey's yellow contact lenses proved to be so uncomfortable that he was unable to wear them at times during filming. This required that some shots of his eyes be colored in post-production.
  • For a while, Tim Burton was considering to direct, but could not due to a conflict with another movie.
  • The line "6:30 p.m. "Dinner with me" I can't cancel that again." was improvised by Jim Carrey.
  • Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson were considered to play The Grinch.
  • One morning, director Ron Howard came in at 3:30 to put on the Grinch suit with full make-up and directed the entire day with the suit on. Jim Carrey said that when he first saw Howard in full Grinch outfit, he was angered, mistaking the director for a stunt double who looked nothing like him.
  • The Whoville set was built mostly on the backlot of Universal Studios behind the still-standing Bates Motel. During a break in filming Jim Carrey surprised and scared tourists on the Universal Backlot Tour by running out of the hotel wearing a dress and brandishing a knife. Nobody recognized him, and the tour guide at Universal Studios will tell you the story when you pass by the hotel on the Backlot Tour.