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25 Days of Christmas: ‘Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’
December 21, 2012Posted by on
How can anyone not like How the Grinch Stole Christmas!? The cartoon, not the Jim Carrey movie. It has classic Chuck Jones animation (I am still blown away how he looks loveable and evil at the same time), is narrated impeccably by Boris Karloff, and follows the already great source material incredibly close. One would have to be a soulless despot to hate this special.
It is an utter classic. Here, we have the Grinch, who hates Christmas, devise a simplistic (yet elaborate plan) to take all of the Whos’ Christmas goods at night while dressed as Santa. Feeling good about himself, the Grinch discovers that the Whos still have a good time on Christmas, because none of that materialistic stuff really matters in the end, and Christmas is all about being happy with who you are with. The Grinch realizes this, and his heart “grows three sizes” and gives back all the stuff he took.
The think I like about this story is that the message is very subtle. Unlike A Charlie Brown Christmas, we are not beaten over the head with the “materialism is bad” message. It is just thrown out there “unexpectedly”, it is absorbed, and we move on. There is no time to dwell, because there is no need to dwell on it.
I really do not know what else I can say about How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Either you get it, or you don’t. It is a holiday classic that is great for all ages and is utterly timeless. What more can you ask for in a Christmas special?