|How the Grinch Stole Christmas (DVD, 2006, Canadian; French)|
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Dr. Seuss wrote the children's book that was the basis for this animated Christmas feature. Boris Karloff, yes the monster guy,does the wonderful narration. The Grinch hated Christmas and hated the Who's who lived in Whoville and he decides to spoil it for them. On Christmas Eve he arrives when they are sleeping dressed up like Santa. He steals away all their presents and decorations so they won't have a Merry Christmas. (You've got to love the expressions on the Grinch's dog). Since this is a Christmas story, it has to have a happy ending. It does. The Grinch has a change of heart and makes it right for Christmas morning.
The children love the nonsensical lyrics and words of Dr. Seuss. The animation was well done as well. Throw in a few catchy songs and you can see why it is so popular. In fact, one song, "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch," is heard often at Christmas time.
Special features include a trivia quiz on How the Grinch Stole Christmas; "Pencil Tests," "Who's who in Whoville"- about the people who produced the feature. "Horton Hears a Who" , an additonal feature, is also included, although O.K., it isn't of the same caliber as How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
This is a Christmas DVD that will be a tradition in your house for years to come. What's not to like? There's goofy looking animated characters, words that don't make any sense, and the people of Whoville and the Grinch get to celebrate Christmas after all. Any child would like it!
An all time Christmas classic, "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" will steal your heart! Clever, funny, and heartwarming, this movie is a "must see" for the whole family.
I have wonderful memories of holding one child on my lap with the other snuggled close by as we watched that sly old Grinch try to steal Christmas from the sweet and unsuspecting Who's down in Whoville.
When my children were very small, they were most entertained by Max, the grinchs' long-suffering dog/reindeer.
As they got a little older, and they began to understand the true meaning of the story, I felt that they were also beggining to understand giving from the heart; not just at Christmas time, but all through the year.
Somewhere at the beggining of the Christmas holiday season, before all the shopping/wrapping/baking/crazy making starts, I sit down with a cup of hot tea, (maybe a Christmas cookie or two...or three), and settle in to watch the Grinch steal Christmas again this year.
It's just not Christmas for me until I watch him carve the "Roast Beast" and pass it down to that adorable little "Cindy Lu Who, who is no more than two".
Give this movie a try and make some sweet Christmas memories with your little ones. What a priceless Christmas gift those memories are.
And they just keep on giving...
I would expect that most "50-somethings" are very familiar with this Christmas cartoon, produced long enough ago to ensure that the word "Christmas" could be mentioned without offending someone. During my own childhhod and teen years, the "big three" Christmas shows that HAD to be watched were "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The purchase of this DVD had its genesis in the arrival of several grandchildren, who are coming to the age where sitting with "Papa" and "Nana" and watching this cartoon will rekindle sentimental feelings for the oldsters.
The characters are, of course, come from the fertile imagination of Dr. Suess, and they are endearing. The almost comical negativity of the Grinch, the plight of his poor, abused little dog, and the wondrous simplicity and decency of "the Who's down in Who-ville" combine for a memorable story. And who better to narrate the saga than Boris Karloff, whose distinctive voice ranges from throaty descriptions of the growling Grinch to soft, tender references to the gentle Who's?
The story is one of human nature, forgiveness, and redemption, as the Grinch tries to "stop Christmas from coming," only to suddenly realize, at his expected moment of triumph, that Christmas is about love and togetherness and celebration of the spirit. The memorable theme song reminds us regularly just how foul this Grinch is, serving to enhance the power of his "aha!" experience while perched in his sleigh on the top of a snowy mountain. Animation has become more sophisticated since this picture was first made, and the cynic can look at it as "primitive" and "silly," but I rank this redemption story as one of the best family cartoons ever produced.
What can one write about this holiday classic that hasn't already been written? Based upon the late Theodore Geisel's (better known to millions as Dr. Seuss) classic children's book of the same title, this animated Christmas tale is delightful veiwing time and time again for children "from 1 to 92". Narrated by Boris Karloff whose voice is perfect for the somber song "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch". The grinch has become as a much a part of the holidays as "A Charlie Brown Christmas", "Rudolph, The Red-nosed Reindeer", "Miracle on 34th Street" and "It's a Wonderful Life". NO Christmas film library is complete until it contains the ANIMATED version of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas".
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a true animated Christmas Classic along with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. My family never grows tired of seeing it each holiday season.
While almost all other Christmas cartoons tell of how someone saved Christmas by helping Santa overcome a villians attempt to keep him from delivering Christmas presents, this show tells how Christmas is more then just presents and glitter and lights. Christmas is a feeling that everyone holds in their hearts. Perhaps that's why my wife and I always make sure we watched this with our children and now our grandchildren every year.
The story is timeless and the animation first rate.