If you own a TV and turned it on at Christmas time, you have seen Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This classic Xmas cartoon directed by the great Chuck Jones (Bugs Bunny and so on) is absolutely magic. The narration by horror master Boris Karloff is only matched by the tenor voice of Thurl Ravenscroft (Tony the Tiger) for the songs.
The Grinch lives on a mountaintop and is most annoyed by the Who who live in Whoville. This is really understandable: You get yourself a nice mountain retreat and next thing you know a bunch of yahoos start making a racket with a bunch of unmusical instruments and they sing the same song over and over again. Grinch decides if he can stop Christmas from coming, maybe he’ll get a good night’s sleep when the Who stop making all that racket.
Unfortunately, this is a Christmas cartoon so you know what happens next.
I keep getting new editions of the Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas hoping to find the alternate ending version where the Grinch wins … to no avail.
Still, the animation is superb, the songs brilliant and memorable, and no matter how it ends, you got to love this Christmas cartoon.
The latest gimmick for this classic Christmas Cartoon is a tin case and it looks cool. The case contains the 50th Anniversary Edition of the DVD with the Horton Hears a Who cartoon and special features such as interviews with composer Albert Hague and vocalist Thurl Ravenscroft, Grinch Song Selection, and TNT’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas Special Edition featurette with Phil Hartman.