Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Dr. Seuss, Chuck Jones & Boris Karloff, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"

You either love Dr. Seuss or you hate him and the style and movie have been much parodied. Sometimes the relentless rhymed verse jars. But definitely not in this classic. This is the 1966 version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas:
The Gridge hated Christmas
The whole Christmas Season
And the reason? (His heart was two sizes too small.) The story of how the Grinch attempted to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville is the subject of this Christmas treat. How the cave dweller sets about disrupting the good citizens by purloining their presents, stuffing them and even the Christmas tree up the chimney is great fun. Delicious moments abound: the poor dog Max dressed up, against his will, as the reindeer complete with branches for antlers, the Grinch creeping up on the good children in their beds and stealing their candy bars, and then gradually, like some fiendish anti-Santa Claus, he commences unpicking every single facet of Christmas from around the home: These stockings, he grinched, are the first things to go! Of course, like Scrooge, things turn out well in the end: The Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day. All this, boys and girls everywhere, and not one mention of the voice of Boris Karloff that would alone makes all Seuss and Grinch haters eat their hats. Merry Christmas:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!(1)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!(2)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!(3)

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