The mean, green Grinch, whose "heart was two sizes too small," tries to stop Christmas from coming to Whoville.
Dr. Seuss's beloved holiday tale celebrates the 50th birthday of its translation to the small screen with the original animated special that made its TV debut in 1966 and aired every Christmas on CBS for 22 years. With legendary cartoonist Chuck Jones and Frankenstein actor Boris Karloff bringing Dr. Seuss's distinctive rhymes to life, this is the definitive version of the classic story. Its powerful message that "maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store" just may be diluted by the fact that this DVD from the video shop truly is a gift.
This movie is intended for older children.
Three-year-olds, who take everything literally, may be taken aback by the Grinch's attempt to get rid of Christmas and they may hide their eyes from some of his more frightening facial expressions like when "with a smile so unpleasant, he took every present." Older preschoolers, though, will probably be delighted to see one of their favorite stories onscreen and, at a short-but-sweet 26 minutes, should be able to make it all the way to the happy ending.
They'll love Max, the Grinch's expressive dog, who's forced to don antlers and become a reindeer to the Grinch's Santa disguise. Kids may make some scary faces of their own as they go around singing, "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch." They'll watch the Grinch's transition from grump to great one with fascination, and as "the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day," their own may grow as well.
This is one of those rare childhood traditions that viewers will want to keep up through their tweens, teens, and even into adulthood!
Another Dr. Seuss favorite, "Horton Hears a Who!" plus biographies of the principals, interviews with the composers, the TNT "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" Special Edition featurette with the late Phil Hartman and a segment on bringing the book to the screen.