Christmas Spirit – How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

A half hour of Christmas goodness.  So this is about an outcast that lives on the outskirts of Whoville.  He disdains all of the town’s residents, especially during Christmas, so he devises a plan to take away their precious holiday.  The timing of this review could have probably been better, but when you’re playing catch up, you’re playing catch up.  Rest assured, I did not watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas in middle of February like some kind of weirdo, I watched it around the Christmas holiday like a normal person.  I’m merely finally finding the time to go back and review this holiday classic.

2I’ll be more timely next year, I promise!

Now from the majority of times that I have seen, Dr. Seuss doesn’t typically translate well into film, especially with the most recent adaptations.  What I am referring to specifically is trying to make these treasured short stories into feature length films.  It is incredibly difficult to convert a story that takes roughly 5 minutes to read and admire the artwork on, turn around and make a 90-minute feature with.  In fact, the only time I’ve seen it done masterfully is when they brilliantly executed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a non-Seuss story.  While they certainly made the effort with 2008’s Horton Hears a Who, and with 2012’s The Lorax, there just ended up being such an excess amount of padding that the products rendered themselves toothless.  With How the Grinch Stole Christmas, it does everything that it needs to do, and in only 25 minutes at that.

1You are in and out as quickly as can be, getting every single note that you’re looking for.

This is a short that has truly stood the test of time, and it is so high quality that all adults want to pass it down to their children and grandchildren alike.  It’s really what Christmas is all about, and it puts you in the Christmas spirit like no other.  The recurring song is awesome in a James Earl Jones kind of way, and it will stay in your brain for the remainder of your life.  I also don’t think there is anybody out there better suited to narrate this story than the talented Boris Karloff.  This is something that I am always in the mood to watch every holiday season, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you expressed to me the same exact sentiment.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) *****

– Critic for Hire


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