Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (film)

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ron Howard
Produced by Brian Grazer
Ron Howard
Screenplay by Jeffrey Price
Peter S. Seaman
Based on How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by
Dr. Seuss
Starring Jim Carrey
Jeffrey Tambor
Christine Baranski
Bill Irwin
Molly Shannon
Narrated by Anthony Hopkins
Music by James Horner
Cinematography Donald Peterman
Edited by Dan Hanley
Mike Hill
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates November 17, 2000 (2000-11-17)
Running time 104 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $123 million[1]
Box office $345,141,403[1]

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (promoted theatrically as The Grinch) is a 2000 American fantasy comedy Christmas film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, based on the 1957 book of the same name by Dr. Seuss. It was the first Dr. Seuss book to be adapted into a full-length feature film. Because the film is based on a children's picture book, many additions had to be made to the storyline to bring it up to feature-length, including some information about the backstory of the titular character. Most of the rhymes used in the book were used in the film, though some were slightly changed, and new rhymes were put in as well. The film was directed by Ron Howard, produced by Howard and Brian Grazer, and starring comedian Jim Carrey. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but spent four weeks as the number-one film in the United States. The Grinch is the second highest-grossing holiday film of all time with $345,141,403 worldwide, only behind Home Alone. It won the Academy Award for Best Makeup, and was also nominated for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.


In the city of Whoville, everyone celebrates Christmas with much happiness and joy, with the exception of the cynical and misanthropic Grinch (Jim Carrey). The postmaster's daughter, Cindy Lou (Taylor Momsen), after finding him fouling the mail in the post office, Cindy Lou becomes aware of the Grinch's existence, and learns that he arrived in Whoville by mistake, and was adopted by two elderly sisters. Thereafter he was ridiculed by classmates (particularly by Augustus May Who, currently the Mayor of Whoville) for his appearance. On Christmas he made a gift for local beauty Martha Whovier by assembling a metal angel; but was mocked again, caused havoc in the classroom, and ran away to Mt. Crumpit, outside Whoville, where he became an urban legend due to brief sightings.

Cindy, touched by this story, decides to make the Grinch participant of the annual Whobilation; after refusing, he changes his mind and arrives late. Just as the Grinch is enjoying himself, May Who gives the Grinch an electric shaver as a bad joke on his hirsute skin. This causes the Grinch to ruin the party and upset Cindy Lou. Outraged by the idea of spending another Christmas alone in his cave, the Grinch, convinced that the Whos only celebrate Christmas for extravagant gifts, steals all their belongings while they sleep, disguised as Santa Claus. The next day, May Who denounces Cindy Lou as the root of the catastrophe; but her father, Lou Lou Who, reminds everyone of the communal Christmas Spirit, and the people begin to sing. Cindy Lou goes to Mt. Crumpit to find the Grinch. Frustrated by the failure of his plan, the Grinch recognizes the same Spirit; but the stolen gifts nearly fall off the cliff near his refuge, and he is only inspired to retrieve them by Cindy Lou, when she wishes him a Merry Christmas. The Whos reconcile with the Grinch, while Martha turns down May Who's proposal of marriage. The redeemed Grinch and Whos then celebrate in his cave.



  1. "Kids Today" – Jim Carrey and Taylor Momsen *
  2. "Grinch 2000" – Busta Rhymes and Jim Carrey
  3. "Green Christmas" – Barenaked Ladies
  4. "Christmas of Love" – Little Isidore and the Inquisitors
  5. "Lonely Christmas Eve" – Ben Folds
  6. "Grinch Schedule" – Jim Carrey *
  7. "Better Do It Right" – Smash Mouth
  8. "Whoville Medley" (Perfect Christmas Night/Grinch) – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  9. "Reindeer" – Jim Carrey *
  10. "Christmas Is Going to the Dogs" – The Eels
  11. "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" – Jim Carrey
  12. "Christmas Means More" – Anthony Hopkins and Jim Carrey
  13. "You Don't Have to Be Alone" – *NSYNC
  14. "Where Are You, Christmas?" – Faith Hill
  15. "The Shape of Things to Come" – James Horner
  16. "Memories of a Green Childhood" – James Horner +
  17. "Christmas, Why Can't I Find You?" – James Horner and Taylor Momsen
  18. "Stealing Christmas" – Anthony Hopkins, James Horner, Jim Carrey, and Taylor Momsen ~
  19. "The Big Heist" – James Horner +
  20. "Does Cindy Lou Really Ruin Christmas?" – James Horner +
  21. "A Change of Heart" – James Horner +
  22. "The Sleigh of Presents" – James Horner +
  23. "He Carves the Roast Beast" – James Horner ^

+ Instrumental
~ Includes Narration and Dialogue
^ Includes "Welcome Christmas"


Box office[edit]

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas was a financial success at the box office, opening at number-one with a weekend gross of $55,082,230, for an average of $17,615 from 3,127 theaters and staying at #1 for a total of 4 weeks. It closed on April 30, 2001, after five months, with a final gross of $260,044,825 in the United States and Canada and an additional gross of $85,096,578 in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $345,141,403.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes lists the film with a 53% rating,[2] while Metacritic lists the film with a 46/100 rating, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[3]

Roger Ebert criticized the film, referring it "a dank, eerie, weird movie about a sour creature who lives on top of a mountain of garbage, scares children, is mean to his dog, and steals everyone's Christmas presents," and saying, "There should be. . . a jollier production design and a brighter look overall. . . It's just not much fun." [4]


The film garnered three Academy Award nominations, including Best Costume Design (Rita Ryack) and Best Art Direction, and nominees Rick Baker and Gail Ryan won the Academy Award for Best Makeup. At the Golden Globes, Carrey was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, losing the award to George Clooney for O Brother, Where Art Thou?. The film won a Saturn Award for Best Music. However, it was also nominated for two 2000 Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Remake or Sequel and Worst Screenplay, but lost to Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 and Battlefield Earth respectively.[citation needed]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on VHS and DVD on November 20, 2001. A Blu-ray/DVD combo pack was released on October 13, 2009.


Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment has announced they are working on a computer-animated remake of the film. Peter Candeland is set to direct, following the remake to The Cat in the Hat, with Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri producing and Audrey Geisel, widow of Dr. Seuss author Theodor Geisel, will executive produce.[5][6] It will be released on November 17, 2017.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". Metacritic. Retrieved March 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ Roger Ebert review,
  5. ^ 2 YEARS (2013-02-07). "'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' Remake in the Works at Universal - Hollywood Reporter". M.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  6. ^ Gallagher, Brian (2013-02-07). "'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' Animated Remake Coming from Universal Pictures". Movieweb.com. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  7. ^ "Universal Dates 'Despicable Me 3,' New 'Grinch Who Stole Christmas'". The Hollywood Reporter. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 

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