It'd be insane to do this kind of list for the show's entire run, so I'm sticking with the golden…
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch
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.
The Good: Fahoo forays, dahoo dorays, fahoo ramus, dahoo damus, bingle balls, whofoo fluff, googoo gums, bizilbigs, wums, whoboohoo bricks, pantookas, panpoonas, fuzzle fuzz, fliffer bloofs, wuzzle wuzz, whoflut flay, jingtinglers, floofloovers, tartookas, whohoopers, gardookas, trumtookas, slooslunkas, blumbloopas, whowonkas, zoozittacarzay, galooks, whocarnio flooks, snoof, fuzzles, tringlers, dafflers, and wuzzles. Oh, that Dr. Seuss!
The Bad: Nothing major.
The Bottom Line: Still the best animated Christmas movie there is. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is highly recommended.
Every year I find the animation to be even more brilliant, and every year I laugh uncontrollably at everything with the dog.
I'd say this is Chuck Jones' crowning achievement, but we all know that What's Opera, Doc? is the greatest cartoon ever made.
One of my favorite Christmas films (and stories) of all time. As a child I loved Dr. Seuss' books and loving Christmas as well this was always a favorite.
It's curious as to whether or not my love of this story turned me into a grumpy hermit as an adult?
The use of Boris Karloff's voice to bring the Grinch to life in animation was such a perfect choice, (to narrate the story as well).
I have never seen Ron Howard's version of The Grinch, I plan to watch it this year. I am not sure how I am going to feel about it being such a fan of this version and the story, I will try ever so hard not to go in with the certainty of a fool who thinks she knows everything.
The only film out there that makes my cynical black heart grow two sizes bigger.
Christmas Short Films Marathon - #3
A majority of us are familiar with the iconic image of a green-haired menacing figure of Grinch simply standing in deep thought trying to plan his next mischievous move. It's really sad that it took me so long to watch this beautiful poetic classic which easily surpasses the atrocious Jim Carrey movie. This short captures the essence of the original story far better than the feature film. It proves how irrelevant length of a film is while capturing a story on celluloid.
If we try to look into what this film signifies, it tells us that the spirit and essence of a festival does not entirely lie in materialistic things. Gifts, Christmas trees, Santa…
Often during the Christmas season, you'll hear about how certain Christmas classics only get played because of nostalgia. And for some Christmas programming, that is true. But 1966's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is definitely not one of those.
First off, the animation is excellent. Boris Karloff's narration and voice acting is just great.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is probably the epitome of the phrase "Christmas classic" and something that can be watched year after year with the same amount of enjoyment.
Or How Chuck Jones Saved Christmas!
Reviewed December 2008 at Everyonesacritic.net:
Freakin' perfect. In the top of Jones' filmography, and that's saying something... Limitless in its re-watchability.
Has anyone else ever noticed that Boris Karloff sounds like he recorded his part through a tin can? Did the Grinch steal his microphone?
Not that it's super surprising Chuck Jones tells fantastic animated stories, but damn, How The Grinch Stole Christmas nails the tone and the curlicue oddity of the Dr. Seuss story. It also works as a movie in its own right. At only 26 minutes, it has no pretension, no urge to go bigger or louder or to bangbonzle than the source material. All the sight-gags and Rube Goldberg complexity inherent in the design of Whoville, and the designs the Grinch has towards Christmas, are wonderful enough. They become even more magical in motion, leave alone Boris Karloff's booby-trap baritone, leave alone the glorious wordplay in "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch." Given the choice, I wouldn't touch any other animated Christmas special with a 39 1/2 foot pole.
This is a huge tradition with my family. Every year on Christmas Eve, once the whole group is together (there are usually between 8-12 of us) we watch it. I use the term 'watch' pretty loosely — it's more like we put the movie on and heckle it like crazy, pointing out bits of weird animation, continuity errors, things that make no sense, and recite our favourite bits along with Boris Karloff. It's essentially like the Rocky Horror Picture Show for us. If you want to actually see this movie, never watch it with us, because you'll be lucky to have more than 20 seconds of silence.
Part of my Christmas 2013 watchlist!
Essential Christmas viewing perfection.
Part of the Christmas Spirit Movie Month!
You can't go wrong here, a great Christmas short with a amazing narrator: Boris Karlhoff. Lovely animated and a all time classic story.
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