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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 1966 American Christmas animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is based on the eponymous children's book by Dr. Seuss, the story of the Grinch trying to take away Christmas from the townsfolk of Whoville below his mountain hideaway. Originally telecast in the United States on CBS on December 18, 1966, it went on to become a perennial holiday special. Directed by Chuck Jones, it features the voice of Boris Karloff.

Plot: 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.

Why It Rocks[]

  1. It's 100% faithful to the original book of the same name.
  2. It has the glorious traditional cel animation that fits the Dr. Seuss tone very well.
  3. It has some decent vocal performances; Boris Karloff was great as the Grinch.
  4. Memorable and catchy songs such as "Welcome Christmas" and "You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch".
  5. The message is important. "Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more." Although the principles are Christian, at least the themes here are broader and could be applied to material culture and religion in general.
  6. Uplifting and emotional moments such as the Grinch learning the true meaning of Christmas and gives all the presents back to the Whos.
  7. Dr. Seuss was involved in making the film.
  8. Chuck Jones's astounding direction of the film.
  9. The added rhymes written exclusively for the special are perfect ad-libs.

Bad Qualities[]

  1. Like the other four specials that come later, the narrator (including the Grinch) doesn't follow what was written in the original book word-for-word.
  2. Even though it’s explained why the Grinch hates Christmas, it makes no sense for him to see or hear what is happening when he lives far away from them.
  3. Occasional animation errors. For example, when the Grinch sneaks down the chimney, his hat turns green for a few frames.

External links[]

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Internet Movie Database
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Rotten Tomatoes
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Metacritic
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Letterboxd


  • 1960s films
  • Christmas films
  • Musical films
  • Animation films
  • TV Movies
  • Classics
  • Based on book or novel
  • Warner Bros. films
  • Dr. Seuss films
  • American films
  • Films with a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes
  • MGM films