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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.

Also Known As: Cum a furat Grinch Craciunul, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Як Грiнч украв Рiздво!, När Grunken knyckte julen, Kako je Grinč ukrao Božić!, Как Гринч украл Рождество! Soviet, Docteur Seuss Comment le Grinch à volé Noël, Como o Grinch Roubou o Natal!, Le grincheux qui voulait gâcher Noël!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Grincs, Come il Grinch rubò il Natale, Die gestohlenen Weihnachtsgeschenke

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  • klara-ochnik
    klara ochnik

    I love this movie, and have since i was around 4 years old. The only reason why i don’t give this movie a 10/10 is because his smile, mainly in the beginning. it creeps me out to this day, and when i was little i remember i hallucinated from fear and paranoia. Otherwise, it is an absolute classic and highly recommend it or everyone that knows when to look away at the right time or isn’t too afraid if that freaking smile! The movie has a good plot line and i have been watching it everyday since i found out about the remake with Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch. Personally, i prefer the 1966 version, over that piece of crap that Universal spat out in 2000.The first thing i do on the first day of December is watch this movie with my family. Overall, i would highly recommend this movie.

  • anne-johnsen
    anne johnsen

    Maybe not the first Christmas Holiday Classic but it is one of the best beloved Holiday Specials of all time. This special was the perfect combination of animators and storytellers. Chuck Jones who gave us the “Bugs Bunny” cartoons and Dr. Seuss who has written some of the most beloved Children’s books of all time. They joined forces and gave us what is most likely one of the most iconic Christmas Special ever produced. Now I have a soft Spot for “Rudolf” and “Charlie Brown” however when it comes to pure imagination “The Grinch is #1″In case you didn’t the storyThis is about the Grinch who dislikes people and Christmas. HE hates everyone and everything so much that on Christmas Eve he decides to steel everything in everyone home so “Christmas won’t come”. If you have not seen this in years do yourself a favor WATCH IT. You might be surprised how great this special truly is. In fact you might even enjoy it more as an adult. This was so popular as annual Holiday Special that Hollywood made a live action version in 2000. In 2018 a feature length animated film will be released.

  • crystal-williams
    crystal williams

    My mom and dad were raised on the How Grinch Stole Christmas. They raised their children to every year enjoy the Grinch and the other classics like Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Merry X-mas Charlie Brown, Rudolph, Frosty, The Little Drummer Boy, etc. Now with the grandchildren coming along they are loving the holiday specials that makes the family come together during this wonderful season. It wouldn’t be the Holidays without them!! These movies will always be timeless with each generation.

  • pedro-simpson
    pedro simpson

    Very lovely movie. Perfect for the Christmas time.

  • melinda-delgado
    melinda delgado

    I’ve watched this special every year since it first aired back in 1966. It’s touching, amusing and poignant. The music is a delight; and the voice of Boris Karloff is alternately charming and evil. A definite treat each and every Christmas season. Truly a classic!

  • callum-smith
    callum smith

    This is a staple of the holiday X-mas season, one of those cartoons I watched every year as a child and one of the best. By now, most know the story as the mean old Grinch who lives in a cave simply hates Christmas. He hates all the noise from the presents, hates the singing, and hates the feast. Well this year things are going to be different as he is going to steal Christmas! He is going to take all the toys so he will not have to listen to the racket they make and he is going to take the food as well. When the inhabitants of Whoville awake they are going to encounter a sad scene and the Grinch for once will be happy. This one is rather funny as the Grinch puts antlers on his dog and makes himself a cheap Santa costume to sneak into town and loot the presents. They would make a live action version starring Jim Carey, but I have never seen it and have no real urge to. This little cartoon is short and sweet and to the point and I do not see this one needing any extending. In fact, you extend it and I am sure what you have is the same film only with a lot of pointless padding. Of course, the cynical side of me does not think this one would end as happily in the world today as if someone stole the gifts he would probably be dragged out of his home and beaten to death because these days it is pretty much all about the presents.

  • ludia-alusandratou
    ludia alusandratou

    Meet Mr. Grinch – He’s the meanest (and the greenest) meanie of them all!What would this happy “Holiday Season” be without at least one viewing of this thoroughly delightful, animated, feature film from 1966? Based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved book, and featuring the voice of Boris Karloff, this absolutely endearing picture has been bringing joy to delighted viewers for over 45 years now.The fun all begins when the mean, old Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the Whos down in Whoville by stealing all of their holiday treats from them.Without a doubt, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a true classic that can easily be appreciated by the young and old, alike.

  • viljem-fras
    viljem fras

    I love the story of the Grinch. The animation was perfect for the story. My only qualm with any Suess movie is that the he never really wanted movies made from his books so that children would both gain the entertainment of the story and the knowledge from reading a book. I agree with this idea, though busy parents could let their children read along with the movie. Just don’t forget the importance of learning to read over the hustle and bustle of life

  • reijo-heikkinen
    reijo heikkinen

    With the advent of DVD, a lot of my favorite Christmas specials are getting the right treatment. One of these is How The Grinch Stole Christmas, a special I have watched every year since I was born. Being 1 year younger than the special (1964) brings to mind just how endearing it is. From the songs, to the story, to the animation, and to the voices, it will remain a tradition for me (and my soon-to-be-created family next year) for all time.

  • aytek-akcay
    aytek akcay

    Fifty years ago in 1966, there was a television special that was released in a midst of a wave of animated holiday specials and it is right up there with “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer”(1964), and “A Charlie Brown Christmas”(1965) that went on become as classics. “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” was originally intended to be released as a theatrical short ended up going to television under the direction of legendary animator Chuck Jones(who was also the producer along with Ted Geisel)along with assistant director Ben Washam. It was based on the eponymous 1957 famous children’s book by Ted Geisel(aka Dr. Seuss) about a mean spirit Grinch who wrecks havoc of the Who’s of Whoville as he tries to take Christmas away from them is a must see from beginning to end. But also finds a way to return the kindness to the people he stole from. Featuring the voice of the great Boris Karloff as The Grinch(who also serves as the narrator)along with the additional voices of June Foray and Thurl Ravenscroft(who was also the voice of Tony The Tiger for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Cereals) with music and lyrics by Albert Hague and Eugene Poddany. So successful that the animated special in 1967 won the Grammy Award for Best Children’s Recording In The Spoken Word to Boris Karloff-the only major award of his astounding long career in film and television. Thurl Ravenscroft also received Grammy nominations for his work.The half-hour television special “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” was originally telecast as “A CBS Special Presentation In Color” airing on Sunday December 18,1966 where it aired in prime time at the 7:00 eastern/6:00 central time slot where the special preempted “Lassie” in its regular time slot and faced strong competition it faced when it aired during the first half of “Voyage of the Bottom of the Sea”,and the second half of “The Bell Telephone Hour” and from the ratings it received from it’s original telecast “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” was a colossal hit…becoming the most watched television special in its time slot. The original sponsors during its initial telecast were The Coca-Cola Bottling Company and the Foundation for Commercial Banks. So successful that CBS aired the special annually ever December until 1987. After it’s initial network run on CBS,the animated special moved over to Ted Turner’s Turner Network Television(TNT) and Superstation WTBS which was also TBS(Turner Broadcasting System) where it was shown annually from 1988-1995. Then in 1995 it was moved again over to the WB Television Network where it shown annually twice from 1995-2006. From 2006-2014 it came back to network television this time over to ABC where it aired twice annually on that network until 2014. As of August 13,2015 it moved over to NBC where it would be shown twice annually during the Christmas season. As of December 18,2016 NBC will air the special in honor of its 50th anniversary.The phenomenal success of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” spawned two animated specials that were telecast between 1977 and 1982. On October 29,1977, ABC aired the television special titled “Halloween Is Grinch Night” that was a prequel to the classic holiday season that was produced by Ted Geisel along with executive producers David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng under there production company DePatie-Freleng Enterprises that won the Prime Time Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Special in 1977. On May 20,1982 ABC aired another animated television special titled “The Grinch Grinches The Cat In The Hat” that was also produced and created by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and produced by Ted Geisel(featured the voices of Mason Adams and Bob Holt). A feature- length live theatrical feature “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” was released in 2004 starring Jim Carrey and directed by Ron Howard and coming in 2018 a 3-D animated feature film based on the classic Dr. Seuss story featuring the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch will come to theaters in late-2018.Even after more than 50 years…this animated special still entertains. Happy Anniversary…Mr. Grinch!!!

  • ronnie-reyes
    ronnie reyes

    In my opinion, this is an excellent holiday special. However, I couldn’t stand the fact that the Grinch (voice of Boris Karloff) wanted to have nothing to do with Whoville’s Christmas celebration and steal it. In addition, another thing that makes this special worth watching is the music, especially “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” When that song is performed, I always sing along. I would have to say that’s my favorite song of this special. In conclusion, I highly recommend this excellent remake of a holiday classic to everyone, especially all you Dr. Seuss fans who have not seen it. When you see it, prepare to smile and have a good time.

  • sergey-zuravljov
    sergey zuravljov

    In my life, there are very, very few “children’s” storyworlds that I believe matter. Few, very few of these have made successful films. I know of only two. Both are American.One is the “Muppet Movie,” the first one, which I think is still a sort of gold standard for films of any type. The other is this.Suess is the only writer that I believe equals Lewis Carroll on his own terms. He finds that sweet spot triangulating the parts of real life we acutely know, parts of fantasy life that we don’t but from non-adjacent locations, and text-centric rhythms. His drawings are the things we notice, in a clever strategy of distraction; we infuse them with the mysteries from those others.This little movie preserves all those qualities, and I think it is because of a rare collaboration of three giants. One is Suess (Geisel) of course. His books are inherently cinematic, with the drawings containing more information than the words. Sure, the “message” is usually from a Norman Rockwell fantasy, but the means of telling the story is unique.A second is Chuck Jones. He invented modern animation, the kind of work that grows from the situation rather than simply served. He changed our imagination as much as Kubrick or Hitchcock. Turns out he had been friends with Suess for 25 years before making this. Now, I can report that the entire intent of this thing is that somewhat repellent stuff that has grown up around Christmas, that sickly sweet stuff that is wholly modern and has nothing to do with the Christian celebration or its several predecessors. But the manner in which this is animated is pure genius. Sure, he had the Suess illustrations and Seuss himself. But look at how he has assembled the thing. The edits are just a hair shorter than you would expect, even today, giving energy. The transitions do something clever, for instance look at the business about the little girl’s service of a strawberry (Russian doll-style), how it transitions to the Grinch’s eye and how that is mirrored with the transfer from her heart to his.And third, there is Boris. Its my opinion that merely by being there when scary movies were invented, his presence, even in voice — especially in voice — turns this project into a masterpiece of illustrated narrative.Ted’s Evaluation — 3 of 3: Worth watching.

  • maria-vardapetyan
    maria vardapetyan

    Of all the Christmas Specials I watch day after day during the 25 days of Christmas, this one is a complete staple. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is one of my favorites ever and yet it rocks. Based on the book by the one and only Ted Geisel (a.k.a Dr. Seuss), this is a great retelling with great Chuck Jones animation.The music in the film is a staple, every song nails you. It is a great masterpiece told in only over 20 minutes. The narration by Boris Karloff and his excellent way to bring out the character of the Grinch is a very good idea. The Grinch looks a bit different from the original version, but that doesn’t keep it from getting a 10 on my scale.Everything was excellent, from beginning to end. Spectacular animation, excellent music, and great storyline. Encore to the Grinch! 10 out of 10!

  • dido-demtsoude
    dido demtsoude

    Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas lifts the unique images right off the pages of the beloved book and brings them to dazzling life, with just the right amount of movement and sound added. This is really the only film version you need of the tale, and while Ron Howard’s overstuffed Jim Carrey vehicle is fun eye candy, it doesn’t capture a shred of the magic found in the book. This translation fares eternally better, thanks to a slim running time and the gnarled vocal talents of Boris Karloff, who presides as narrator as well as playing the Grinch himself. A classic little package of Christmas magic, and in my mind, the definitive version of the classic.

  • marusia-zhurba
    marusia zhurba

    I love watching this movie, and recently bought it on VHS. Even though it was Summertime, I still loved it–the songs, the great narration by Boris Karloff (also the Grinch). It will hold up against any piece of animation made in the last 20 years, in my opinion–another example of quality that just doesn’t exist anymore.

  • buron-mastoras
    buron mastoras

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) is the best Christmas movie ever. Christmas is my favorite holiday, so I really love Christmas movies. The 2000 version of The Grinch can’t beat this classic original one. The new Grinch with Jim Carrey is really great, but the original is even better. I give How the Grinch Stole Christmas a 10 out of 10!!! 🙂

  • ninthe-verwoert
    ninthe verwoert

    This is one of the few Christmas shows that deserves its reputation. It never dips into mawkishness and yet makes its point. Chuck Jones gives us a Grinch who has the madcap qualities of Bugs Bunny (and even looks a bit like the waskely wabbit).The narration and voice of the Grinch are by Boris Karloff, a wonderful choice. The music is clever, and the animation is excellent.This classic certainly will withstand not only the test of time but also the competition of the live-action version which is unfortunately an example of a big budget and tons of FX burying a sweet, touching, and simple story. Go ahead and see the live-action version — it has its moments. But definitely see this cartoon version.

  • jose-carlos-olivo
    jose carlos olivo

    Our family has had a tradition for many years each Christmas — we watch this short animated film some time on Christmas Day. We still enjoy it after all these years. Poor, loyal Max, always trying to please his two-sizes-too-small-hearted master. The silly toys and instruments that the kids play with. And of course little Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two, who manages to get through to, the Grinch.The anti-commercialism messages are simply wonderful. All the more-so now in the 2000s with corporate globalisation taking over the bodies and minds of the majority of the human population of Earth.A simple, funny and beautiful message of compassion and caring. A message of family and community being more important than wealth and possessions.

  • stefanija-rozic
    stefanija rozic

    “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is a wonderful flick/with some truly great lines, it isn’t a trick/It could only have come from the great Dr. Seuss/otherwise, the whole thing would’ve been loose/Narrated by Karloff and directed by Jones/this Grinch is one who elicits no groans/It’s the story of one weird Christmas-hating man/who one Christmas Eve, came up with a plan/He’d steal the presents and everything else/where does this plan go? I cannot tell/You must watch the movie, and then you will know/why this cartoon’s still a tradition in the two-zero-Os/And one more thing that I should remind/avoid the live action, which I heard was unkind/They fouled it up, they fouled it down/every part of the story just came unwound/But this classic is always something to love/whether you’re down below, or way up above!

  • herrmann-gehringer-hamann
    herrmann gehringer hamann

    I know that I will catch a lot of heat for saying this, but this is the ONLY version of Dr. Seuss’ tale that you should bother to watch. That’s because it closely follows the book (with, of course, songs added for this Christmas special) and the moral of the original tale is preserved (that the Whos don’t really NEED presents and they are truly filled with the Christmas spirit). Years ago, an abomination arrived in movie theaters and parents dutifully took their kids to see it–and it was a total bastardization of the story. This time, the moral is completely changed and the Whos are selfish jerks who are 100% commercially-oriented and annoying!! And, to make things worse, since it’s only a short story, it’s horribly padded by allowing Jim Carrey to shamelessly overact. My advice is stick to the original! Why is this original telling so great? Well, much of it is because the quality of the animation is very good and Chuck Jones had a wonderfully devilish quality about the Grinch that makes the character come to life. And, with the terrific voice talent of Boris Karloff (who is PERFECT for the role), you can’t help but love this rogue! For the special, Seuss wrote some great songs–particularly the Grinch song that was so perfectly sung by Thurl Ravenscroft. You can’t help but adore this film from start to finish–it’s about as well-made as any Christmas production and is a definite must-see in my home.

  • carla-ionescu
    carla ionescu

    This has been a favorite Holiday cartoon since I was a kid.Not only is it based off of a Dr. Suess book, the whole cartoon is done with Chuck Jones’ Style.Plus Boris Karloff is the voice of the grinch, and the Grinch song is sang by the guy who originally did Tony the Tiger.The story involves this town of Whoville with citizens known as Whos. They love Christmas a lot. But the Grinch who lived high on a mountain top did not. He hates Christmas and the Whos so much he plans to steal it from the Whos. By dressing up as Santa Claus and rob every thing the Whos own.Has the stuff you’d find in an average Chuck Jones cartoon. Including the style of the characters, Wille Coyoate like gizmos and Gadgets, and plenty of comedic elements.The story to it is perfect. It’s very memorable and enjoyable to see again and again.It’s highly recommend to Dr. Suess, Chuck Jones, Animation, and Holiday Fans.It’s a great Holiday Toon.

  • isadora-da-conceicao
    isadora da conceicao

    This is the classic. The Best. When it comes to christmas cartoons, this is one of only 2 cartoons that really captures the Christmas Spirit outside of the religious and social aspects of the holiday. And what is not to love with Boris Karloff narrating, Chuck Jones animating, and a story by the loveable Dr Seuss himself!

  • daniel-short
    daniel short

    There is only one TRUE version of the GRINCH and this is it. Practically perfect, this little cartoon has all the heart andbite and sweetness of the classic book. Between Karloff’s wonderful reading and Chuck Jones’ spirited animation and direction, this is a Christmas masterpiece. I cant begin to hide my contempt for the mega-budgeted, bloated, all flash disaster that Ron Howard made recently. Hey, fine, go crazy, what worries me is that small kids will ONLY see the Jim Carrey’s latex puppet mess andnot the original. PLEASE seek this out for your kids. It is beautiful.

  • kjetil-henriksen
    kjetil henriksen

    It doesn’t get any better than this.This is, quite possibly, the one perfect Holiday movie. There has never ever been a more wonderful combination of talent than Chuck Jones and Dr. Suess. Only a quick tug on my brow hairs can bring me quicker to tears than the scene where the Grinch learns the truth about Christmas.Pure perfection.

  • grace-roberts
    grace roberts

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is the ultimate Christmas tale of greed, bitterness, but the ultimate moral of good and kindness of people. Dr. Suess wrote this fine tale that is read and watched on TV each year during the Christmas season. I think the reason why people love this cartoon so much besides good memories is that fact that we all need a good smile during the holiday season, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas is guaranteed to do that. The story is just so heart warming and also it’s very cute and funny. The story has a memorable narration by Boris Karloff, also who sung the nasty grinch song. The story is so much fun to watch how one grinch could take Christmas so bitterly.Each year down in Whoville, the who’s are just getting ready for Christmas, it’s always a joy each year to do so. They get presents, make a mighty delicious feast, and sing and dance with each other. But not everyone is so happy, there is a grinch that lives above them and doesn’t want to celebrate Christmas one year. Maybe because his heart was just too small that he couldn’t have a passion like the who’s. But he’s gonna steal Christmas along with his puppy, Max. But when he realizes that maybe Christmas might just mean a little bit more, he may have a change of heart.How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a must see film for the Christmas season. It’s always a joy to watch each year and brings back happy memories of watching it with my family. The Grinch and Max are two of the most memorable characters since Santa Clause, this is such a touching story of how Christmas could be a little bit more than just gifts and dinner, but what it truly is; being with your family and friends and making sure that you are grateful for everything you have. I love this film and I’m sure you will too, I would say rent it, but you’ll see it on TNT this Christmas.10/10