Monday, December 5, 2011

Cinematic Advent Calendar - Day 5

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) - Dir. Chuck Jones

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), based on the book written and illustrated by famed children's author, Theodore Seuss Giesel (aka: Dr. Seuss), was first published in 1957. After premiering on December 18th, 1966, this animated presentation has since gone on to become a timeless classic in every sense of the word. Lending his unique drawing style to Seuss' words and characters, co-producer and director Chuck Jones (The Looney Tunes) was the catalyst for the Grinch's transition from storybook anti-hero to holiday icon. Encompassing the original text, narrated by Boris Karloff, the Grinch also includes three unique musical numbers with lyrics by Seuss that are as inspired and imaginative as his stories. Deep down everyone hates Christmas just a little, whether for social, financial, religious, or commercial reasons. The concept of a character hating Christmas is universal, but what makes the Grinch genuine is the moral of the story, that "Christmas doesn't come from a store. That, perhaps, Christmas means a little bit more." The story was adapted again as a Hollywrong feature staring Jim Carry and directed by Ron Howard. In true Hollywrong fashion the film is an over-produced money grab that completely negates the original intent and purpose of criticizing exploitive marketing practices regarding the holiday.  Since its premier forty-five years ago the Grinch's main character and theme has gone on to influence many holiday films, including Bad Santa (2003) and Home Alone (1990). In case you missed your local broadcast of the holiday special please find the entire program below. Enjoy!

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