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How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

USA 1966
produced by
Chuck Jones, Ted Geisel (= Dr. Seuss) for Cat in the Hat Productions, MGM
directed by Chuck Jones
starring the voice of Boris Karloff
based on the book by Dr. Seuss, additional story by Irv Spector, Bob Ogle, songs by Albert Hague (music), Dr. Seuss (lyrics), incidental music by Eugene Poddany

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Everybody in all Whoville loves Christmas ... well, everybody but the Grinch, who can't stand it, can't stand the noise that comes with it, can't stand the happiness. Why? Well, because he has a heart, two sizes too small.

To avoid Christmas from happening this year, the Grinch decides to steal all the presents, all the Christmas decoration and all the Christmas trees. So dressed as Santa Claus with his dog in a reindeer disguise, the Grinch sneaks into Whoville the night before Christmas and does just that, then hides all the trees and presents and whatnot on a big sleigh on a mountaintop.

The next morning though, when listening in what's going on in Whoville, the Grinch hears the Whos still singing in joy in spite of everything, and this very instance he understands the true meaning of Christmas, and his heart grows three sizes - but alas too late, the sleigh already commences to fall off the mountaintop and crash into Whoville ... but with the strength of ten man and two, the Grinch saves the sleigh and in the process saves Christmas.


It's safe to say, if you at all like Dr. Seuss, you will not hate this film: The drawings stay very close to Seuss's original pictures, Chuck Jones is an expert in animating facial expressions, and having Boris Karloff as narrator is almost worth the price of admission (figuratively speaking of course, this one was made for TV) alone.

That said, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is anything but flawless: The more surreal aspects of Dr. Seuss's book are gone, the wordplays Seuss has become famous for are put on the backburner in favour of the story's slightly cheesy message, the songs are godawful and unnecessary, and some of the animation-typical humour seems slightly out of place (rather ironically, since Dr. Seuss has started his career in animation, actually working together with director Chuck Jones).

That all said, it's still a cute film, and definitely something kids will want to watch, it just could ahve been a really good film, too ...


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
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shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

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Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
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Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
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produced by and starring
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directed by
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written by
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Ryan Hunter and
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