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Encyclopedia > How the Grinch Stole Christmas (film)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Grinch movie poster
Directed by Ron Howard
Produced by Brian Grazer
Ron Howard
Written by Ted Geisel (book)
Jeffrey Price
Peter S. Seaman
Narrated by Anthony Hopkins
Starring Jim Carrey
Jeffrey Tambor
Christine Baranski
Molly Shannon
Bill Irwin
Clint Howard
Taylor Momsen
Music by James Horner
Cinematography Don Peterman
Editing by Dan Hanley
Mike Hill
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) November 17, 2000
Language English
Followed by The Cat in the Hat
IMDb profile

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (also known as The Grinch) is a 2000 Academy Award winning live-action film from Universal Pictures, based on the 1957 book by Dr. Seuss. Due to additions made to the storyline so that it could be brought up to feature-length, it was considerably less faithful to the original book and subsequent animated short, creating a new back-story to explain the Grinch's motivations and reasons behind his hatred of the Christmas season and its cheerful nature. The film was directed by Ron Howard, produced by Brian Grazer, and starred Jim Carrey in the title role of the Grinch. Taylor Momsen starred as Cindy Lou Who, who in this version seems to be about eight years old, where the character in the book and TV special was "no more than two". While this version is often referred to as simply The Grinch, the on-screen title is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with the words "The Grinch" written in much larger letters than the rest of the title, and the "!" isn't seen like it was in the book and TV special. The movie received mixed critical reaction but spent four weeks as the #1 film in the U.S. and eventually earning $260 million at the US box office. It has since been aired annually on ABC Family as part of The 25 Days of Christmas. This article is about the Dr. Seuss book. ... This article is about the animated special. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (505x755, 70 KB) It is believed Howthegrinchstolechristmasposter. ... Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954 in Duncan, Oklahoma) is an American actor, and an Academy Award winning film director, and producer, known for his roles on sitcoms, movies and television. ... Brian Grazer (born July 12, 1951, in Los Angeles, California) is a Jewish-American film and television producer who founded Imagine Entertainment with partner Ron Howard. ... Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954 in Duncan, Oklahoma) is an American actor, and an Academy Award winning film director, and producer, known for his roles on sitcoms, movies and television. ... Theodor Seuss Geisel (pronounced ; March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist, better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss (often pronounced , but he himself said [1]). He published over 48 childrens books, which were often characterized by his imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use... For the composer, see Antony Hopkins. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Jeffrey Michael Tambor (born July 8, 1944) is a six-time Emmy-nominated American actor most recently noted for his on role as George Bluth Sr. ... Christine Baranski Christine Baranski (born 2 May 1952) is an American actress. ... Molly Helen Shannon (born September 16, 1964) is an Emmy-nominated American actress and writer. ... Bill Irwin (born April 11, 1950, Santa Monica, California as William Irwin) is an American actor and clown noted for his contribution to the renaissance of American circus during the 1970s. ... Clinton E. Clint Howard (born April 20, 1959) is an American film and television actor. ... Taylor Michel Momsen[1] (born July 26, 1993) is an American teen actress. ... James Roy Horner (born August 14, 1953) is an American composer of orchestral and film music. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat is a 2003 live-action film, based on the 1957 book, produced by Universal Studios, DreamWorks Pictures, and Imagine Entertainment. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... This article is about the Dr. Seuss book. ... Theodor Seuss Geisel (pronounced ; March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist, better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss (often pronounced , but he himself said [1]). He published over 48 childrens books, which were often characterized by his imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Brian Grazer (born July 12, 1951, in Los Angeles, California) is a Jewish-American film and television producer who founded Imagine Entertainment with partner Ron Howard. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Taylor Michel Momsen[1] (born July 26, 1993) is an American teen actress. ... 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Other cast members include the late Josh Ryan Evans as the young Grinch, Bill Irwin as Lou Lou Who, Frank Welker as Max the Dog, Jeffrey Tambor as Mayor Augustus May Who, and Christine Baranski as Martha May Whovier. Josh Ryan Evans and Juliet Mills as Timmy and Tabitha Lenox on Passions (1999). ... Bill Irwin (born April 11, 1950, Santa Monica, California as William Irwin) is an American actor and clown noted for his contribution to the renaissance of American circus during the 1970s. ... Franklin W. Welker (born March 12, 1946) is an American voice actor. ... Jeffrey Michael Tambor (born July 8, 1944) is a six-time Emmy-nominated American actor most recently noted for his on role as George Bluth Sr. ... Christine Baranski Christine Baranski (born 2 May 1952) is an American actress. ...

Contents

Plot

Jim Carrey as The Grinch

Christmas is coming, and all of Whoville is rushing to get ready. In the middle of it all is Cindy Lou Who, a young Who who thinks that due to the Christmas rush and the hubbub, the true meaning of Christmas may have gotten lost. When she goes to the post office with her dad, she runs into the Grinch, who's come down from his cave on Mount Crumpit along with his dog, Max, to stir up some trouble. Spooked by his appearance, Cindy Lou falls into the mail-sorting machine. To her surprise, the Grinch rescues her, but he won't admit that he was "saving" her, instead noting that she was "improperly packaged." He wraps her up in wrapping paper, complete with stamps and a bow, and leaves. Image File history File links Thegrinchjimcarrey. ... Image File history File links Thegrinchjimcarrey. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... This article is about the character. ...


Cindy Lou begins to doubt the frightening rumors that she's heard about the Grinch. She does some research and discovers that the Grinch is an outcast, who was adopted by two old lady Whos. Growing up, Grinch was known for his bizarre, mischievous behavior and devilish personality, but he was never actually malicious. However, he was constantly bullied by Augustus May-Who, the future mayor of Whoville, and almost all his other classmates in the 1st grade. One Christmas, to impress his crush, Martha May Whovier (the only classmate of his who was ever nice to him), The Grinch made her an angel ornament out of an old trumpet, and some pilfered silverware and jewelry. He also decided to shave, after May-Who taunts "You're eight years old and you have a beard!" When he came to school the next day, the whole class (except for Martha) laughed at his gift and his many shaving cuts. The Grinch went berserk, smashing the gift and destroying all the Christmas decorations in the room. As he threw the tree across the room, he screamed, "I hate Christmas" Students in Rome, Italy. ...


After that, he ran away, making his way up Mount Crumpit, and has lived there ever since. His amazing engineering skills helped him turn a cave in the side of the mountain into a comfortable home; however, the Grinch falls into a depression due to the events of his school days, and he begins to hate the Whos who were so cruel to him (listed in a phone book).


Feeling sorry for the Grinch, and realizing that she may be the only one who understands his problem, Cindy Lou invites the Grinch to the one-thousandth Who-Bilation, to be the "Holiday Cheermeister" (a variation of Master of the Ceremony). Grinch grudgingly agrees to come, wins the title of Cheermeister to the dismay of the Mayor, and even begins to have fun. But the bitter Mayor May-Who finally manages to humiliate Grinch by giving him a razor "The Gift of a Christmas Shave" while at the same time proposes to Martha May, offering her "along with a lifetime supply of happiness," a brand-new car and a very large diamond ring. The Grinch finally makes his reasons for hating Christmas clear, stating, "That's what it's always been about! Gifts! Gifts! Gifts! Gifts! Gifts!!" He is also upset with the fact that during the Christmas season, all their unwanted Christmas gifts are thrown away and dumped on his mountain home. He denounces the Whos and their Christmas spirit, takes a piece of mistletoe from Martha's ring, and waggles it behind his rear. What results is an uproar of panic. In the chaos, the Grinch sets fire to the Whos' Christmas tree (luckily, they had a spare) and escapes the chaos of the ensuing riot by driving through the streets and escaping a small car which explodes. Embarrassed, he dives into a garbage chute back up to Mt. Crumpit. The Mayor then scolds Cindy for inviting him and takes the Cheermeister crown for himself. Once he returns to Mount Crumpit, Grinch plots to steal Christmas. He makes himself a Santa suit and builds a rocket sled using Max as a reindeer. He flies over Whoville, stealing anything that has to do with Christmas (and also goes into the Mayor's bedroom while he sleeps and rigs a trap to retaliate against his rival). Once he's finished, he takes his goods back up the mountain to dump it off the side.


Back in Whoville, the Whos are just waking up and seeing what the Grinch has been doing all night. The Mayor finally dismisses the Grinch as a selfish criminal in stating that the Grinch has destroyed Christmas. He proceeds to meanly berate Cindy Lou, but her father speaks up and says they've realized that the Grinch hasn't stolen the most important part of Christmas; the Christmas Spirit, the one thing that doesn't come from a store. The whole town begins to sing. Meanwhile, Cindy Lou sneaks away to see the Grinch.


Up on Mount Crumpet, the Grinch hears the Whos singing and realizes the true meaning of Christmas. He has a change of heart (plus three sizes, to be precise), and seeing the sleigh full of "Christmas stuff" about to go off the cliff, tries to save it. When he finds himself falling, he considers just letting it all go, saying "It's just toys, right?" But when he sees Cindy Lou hiding on the back of the sleigh, and hearing that she wanted to visit him because "no one should be sad and alone on Christmas." Touched by her kindness, he uses his vast, untapped, strength to save her and the presents. They sled back to Whoville, where the Grinch returns all the Christmas items to the Whos and both get a warm reception from everyone, except the Mayor, who attempts to have the Grinch arrested (and sprayed with pepper spray), but the apology from the Grinch proves enough to the police. Martha May digs into the sleigh to find the ring the Mayor proposed to her with, and she gives it back, saying her heart truly belongs to the Grinch. The whole town goes back to Grinch's cave on Mount Crumpit for Christmas dinner, where the Grinch himself carves the Roast Beast.


Reaction and criticism

The Grinch was a hit at the box office, opening at #1 with a weekend gross of $55,082,230, for an average of $17,615 from 3,127 theaters. It closed on March 1, 2001 after 15 weeks with a final domestic gross of $260,044,825 and an additional overseas gross of $85,096,578 for a total worldwide gross of $345,141,403.


The film received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes lists the film with a 53% rating, classifying it as "Rotten", and Metacritic listed the film with a 46% rating, indicating "mixed or average reviews". For its shortcomings, it was nominated for 2 Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Screenplay and Worst Remake or Sequel, but it did not "win" either. On the other hand, the film also garnered three Academy Award nominations, including Best Costume Design and Best Set Decoration, and won the award for Best Makeup. At the Golden Globes, Carrey was nominated for the Best Motion Picture Actor in a Musical or Comedy, losing the award to George Clooney of O Brother, Where Art Thou? This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Metacritic is a website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... George Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, who gained fame as one of the lead doctors in the long-running television drama, ER (1994–99), as Anthony Edwardss characters best friend and partner, Dr... For the film soundtrack, see O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack). ...


ABC Family Cut

This cut has added most of the deleted scenes from the movie. Strangely, some of these deleted scenes never made it onto the DVD releases.


Cast

James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Taylor Michel Momsen[1] (born July 26, 1993) is an American teen actress. ... How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is one of the best-known childrens books by Dr. Seuss. ... Jeffrey Michael Tambor (born July 8, 1944) is a six-time Emmy-nominated American actor most recently noted for his on role as George Bluth Sr. ... Christine Baranski Christine Baranski (born 2 May 1952) is an American actress. ... Bill Irwin (born April 11, 1950, Santa Monica, California as William Irwin) is an American actor and clown noted for his contribution to the renaissance of American circus during the 1970s. ... Molly Helen Shannon (born September 16, 1964) is an Emmy-nominated American actress and writer. ... Clinton E. Clint Howard (born April 20, 1959) is an American film and television actor. ... Josh Ryan Evans and Juliet Mills as Timmy and Tabitha Lenox on Passions (1999). ... Franklin W. Welker (born March 12, 1946) is an American voice actor. ... Mindy Sterling (born July 11, 1953 in Paterson, New Jersey) is an American actress. ... Rance Howard, born November 17, 1928 in Oklahoma, is an American actor who has starred in film and on television, appearing in over 100 films. ... Jeremy Patrick Howard (born June 12, 1981) is an American actor. ... T.J. Thyne is an American actor. ... For the composer, see Antony Hopkins. ...

Trivia

  • The Whoville set was built mostly on the backlot of Universal Studios behind the still-standing Bates Motel. 11 sound stages were used in total, 2 million linear feet of styrofoam was used for the houses and statues, and on the busiest days, 45 make-up artists spent hours on preparing the look for the characters before each take.
  • Anthony Hopkins recorded all the narration for the movie in one day.
  • The prosthetic make-up Jim Carrey wore took 3 hours to apply. Carrey felt so horribly confined and uncomfortable in the latex skin he needed counseling from a Navy SEAL who taught him torture-resistance techniques.
  • The line "6:30 - Dinner with me. I can't cancel that again." was improvised by Jim Carrey.
  • Many Cirque du Soleil performers were used for the more acrobatic tricks and stunts in the movie. They can be spotted in the beginning as some of the Whos in the parade.

This article is about the American media conglomerate. ... Styrofoam is a trademark name for polystyrene thermal insulation material, manufactured by Dow Chemical Company. ... For the composer, see Antony Hopkins. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Cirque du Soleil (French for Circus of the Sun, in English pronounced ) is an entertainment empire based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada located in Saint-Michel, and founded in Baie-Saint-Paul in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier. ...

References

See also

This article is about the character. ... Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat is a 2003 live-action film, based on the 1957 book, produced by Universal Studios, DreamWorks Pictures, and Imagine Entertainment. ... Horton Hears a Who! (also known as Dr. Seusss Horton Hears a Who!) is a 2008 computer-generated imagery (CGI) animated film based on the book of the same name, the fourth feature film from Blue Sky Studios, and the third Dr. Seuss-based feature film following How The...

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Preceded by
Charlie's Angels (film)
Box office number-one films of 2000 (USA)
November 19, 2000December 10, 2000
Succeeded by
What Women Want

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