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
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
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 ...