As were nearing Christmas time, we begin to get into the holiday spirit. By decorating, singing music or watching our favorite holiday movies. My favorite holiday movie is How The Grinch Stole Christmas. It has been my favorite since I was very little and I have so many things Grinch related. Now I know the featured image has the 2000 Grinch but I made it that featured image due to when I saw it, I laughed so hard.
My love for the Grinch began from Dr. Seuss’s book How The Grinch Stole Christmas. It was later made into a feature film in 1966. I love that movie and I watch it every year. You may be wondering Kaytlyn? Why do you love a character who hates christmas with a passion? My answer is simple. His growth. If you read the book or watch the movies you see that even the most grumpy characters learn to love and be happy. His character developement is crucial.
You may be also wondering why does a character in a children’s book need character development? Would you want to read a book where a character is grumpy all the way to the end. He never builds or grows and he is just like eh. NO! That would be one boring and annoying book.
Now most of you have at least seen the original movie or at least the 2000 remake. So you understand the whole plot. The Grinch lives on Mt. Crumpet and for some reason he just hates Christmas. We don’t know the exact reason but we just know something has happened to make him this way. In the original he plans to steal “christmas” with the help from his iconic dog Max. He successfully steals all the presents, during this he meets little Cindy Lou Who whom thinks he is Santa. After taking all their presents he is shocked when he doesn’t hear weeping but singing from the Whos because nothing can break their christmas spirit.
From this film we get the classic song You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch. Which is sung by Thurl Ravenscroft. It is the most popular christmas song that is played on all the radio stations. It is also my favorite song as well. It describes just how awful the Grinch is but knowing in the end he learns how to be happy is heart warming.
You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch <—- Thurl Ravenscroft version (1966)
Fast forward 34 years and we get the remake and very well-known How The Grinch Stole Christmas featuring some very famous actors/actresses.
As we know this movie has the same plot as the original story and film the only difference is it is live action. Of course they added more to the plot to make it enjoyable. In this movie we get to learn about the Grinch. How he came to the town of Whoville and what made him hate Christmas. What I like about these characters is the majority of these characters are dynamic characters. They don’t stay the same throughout the whole movie. They grow and we learn more about them as the movie progresses.
I love that Cindy Lou Who isn’t just a little girl the Grinch meets while stealing presents. Yes of course that scene where she sees him as “Santa” is included in this film because if it wasn’t there would have been an uproar. Cindy plays an active role on getting Grinch to come back and be apart of Whoville. Their growing relationship helps the rest of the town to come to accept the Grinch instead of fearing him like have been for the last 30 plus years.
Now you may be wondering what type of creature is the Grinch anyway. The Grinch is a Who! How Kaytlyn? How is he a Who if he looks different and is covered in green hair? Well that’s easy he is a subspecies of a Who which explains why he is green. There are many of his species they just live far from Whoville that’s why we don’t see them.
If you remember correctly when a Who is telling Cindy Lou Who about how little Who children come to Whoville, we learn the Grinch is headed to his home which was the opposite direction of Whoville. When a gust of wind knocks him off course and then heads to Whoville.
Yet because his home town is a far distance away probably on the other side of Mt. Crumpet the Who’s have never seen his subspecies before so they have no clue what he is. He is just a green grumpy Who. Also you can find this out online when you google what the Grinch is anyway. It will tell you the same thing. He is a subspieces of Who.
How the Grinch comes to hate Christmas is sad. After being taken in and adopted by I think is two sisters. I could be wrong and they could be a couple. They raise him on the joy and love of Christmas until he is 8. They openly say that he never really liked Christmas anyway. Even as a child Grinch was grumpy.
Now a lot of people are curious on what is the Grinch’s real name. The thing is as it is made out in the remake Grinch is his name. Now I don’t know if Dr. Seuss had actual name for him. As far as I know Grinch is his real name.
Back to how he came to truly hate Christmas. Bullying. Now bullying is the cause for a lot of hate in the world. Grinch has a giant crush on a girl in his class Martha May Whovier. We learn that she also likes him back. Yet another boy in his class who we come to know as Mayor Augustus Maywho doesn’t like the Grinch and also has a crush on Martha. He bullies the Grinch about his looks and how he has a beard. This gets in his head and that night after he makes the cutest gift for Martha he then attempts to shave his face.
Grinch comes to school the next day with Martha’s gift and has a paper bag over his head. Once he takes the paper bag off we see he has cuts all over his face from trying to shave. Everyone except Martha laugh at him. Humiliated he runs away to Mt. Crumpet and has hated christmas since.
Throughout the movie Cindy Lou who is ridiculed by the Mayor for doing everything she is doing to bring the Grinch back around. She is blamed for the disaster at their annual Christmas coalition or whovilition. She is also blammed for the ruining of Christmas once the Grinch steals all the presents. There her parents stick up for her and basically say that Cindy was trying to say Christmas isn’t about present but the joy and company of others.
Here below is the cast of the 2000 movie.
Now You’re A mean One Mr Grinch was of course redone for the 2000 movie and I love it. I always sing along.
After writing this I most likely will end up watching the movie due to wanting to watch it after talking about it. It is also on Netflix. I mean I would love to have my ears graced by Anthony Hopkins. He is the narrator.
If you’re wondering why I haven’t talked about the newest Grinch movie that has come out. One because it has a different title. Two I haven’t seen it yet. Three I am going to do a review on it do to my love of the Grinch. The trailer looked good. I have heard their version of You’re A Mean One Mr Grinch and I HATE IT! I know they need to stay relevant and the in music today is Hip-hop and R&B. So of course the song is a rap.
You’re A Mean One Mr Grinch – 2018 Version Here is a snippet of what the song sounds like. Just no!
Speaking of the song. I have two Covers I love that I would like to share with you!
Here is Nikkitutorials take on the Grinch. Nikki’s Look
Now if you have not seen the movies… GO WATCH THEM! I love them and they are great! I hope you enjoy my first official holiday post. Have a wonderful month of December!
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