The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat
|The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat|
Original VHS cover
|Written by||Dr. Seuss|
|Directed by||Bill Perez|
|Voices of||Bob Holt
|Narrated by||Mason Adams as the Cat|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||David H. DePatie|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Marvel Productions
DePatie-Freleng (In name only)
The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat is an animated musical television special and crossover starring two of Dr. Seuss' famous characters, The Grinch and The Cat in the Hat. It premiered on May 20, 1982 on ABC and won two Emmys.
The special opens on a morning so beautiful that even the Grinch wakes up in a good mood. But his cheerfulness is soon revoked when his mirror reflection (which is possibly his twin brother) rebukes him and reminds him that he's a Grinch and therefore shouldn't be cheerful, by repeating the 'Grinches' Oath' with him:
|“||I see nothing to whistle about! You must be out of your head; no doubt! I think the time has come for thee to repeat the Grinches' Oath with me: "A Grinch is unhelpful, unfriendly, unkind, with ungracious thoughts, and an unhealthy mind; a Grinch is uncheerful, uncouth, and unclean. Now say this together: "I'M FRIGHTFULLY MEAN; my eyes are both shifty; my fingers are thrifty.". My mouth will not smile; not half of an inch; I'm a Grinch, I am a Grinch, I'M A GRINCH!"!||”|
The Cat's Picnic/"Mr. Green Face"
Out to prove himself to his reflection, the Grinch goes out to cause misfortune. Meanwhile, the Cat in the Hat goes on a picnic and soon crosses paths with the Grinch when he crashes into his car. The Grinch demands that the Cat "get this crate out of my way!", but when the Cat willingly and cheerfully agrees to his demands, the Grinch pursues him in a car chase for mistakenly calling him 'Mr. Green-Face'.
Safe and Sound
Realizing he's upset this person, the Cat returns to his house, safe and sound, but the Grinch tracks him there and messes with his voice using a device he has invented, "my Acoustical Anti-Audio Bleeper, otherwise known as my Vacusound Sweeper", to garble the sounds of anything that gets caught in its waves; in fact, he asserts that it has an effective radius of 50 miles. He is undeniably proud of his invention as he sabotages all other nearby sounds, proclaiming himself the 'Master of Everyone's Ears'. Then the Grinch goes back to his house and builds a "Darkhouse", a lighthouse that spreads darkness, (saying that he could "create gloom for 100 miles round!") with which to mess with the Cat's sight, proclaiming, "That Cat's gonna suffer like never before!"
The Cat becomes upset with the Grinch's hijinks, and has a psychiatric session with him in a thought bubble. Predictably he gets nowhere with the imaginary Grinch, so he then decides to go over and have a talk with him, but in the process, the Grinch makes it so dark he can't see where he's going, and he crashes his car when he passes a "Dead End" sign.
The Cat attempts to hide from the Grinch in a nearby restaurant, but the Grinch's machine continues to mess with reality, making the restaurant and everything with it literally come crazily to life, and his hijinks result in confusion all over the restaurant. The Cat is now furious with the Grinch and ponders to himself how he can change the Grinch, eventually racing through a door and sending himself hurtling into the Grinch's Dimension. There, as he ponders, he has to endure visions of a floating Grinch head of laser lights, a spinning spiral, and getting split into four different-colored outlines - blue, green, red, and yellow, which join together to become a white outline, and he turns back into himself. He soon figures it out and rallies everybody in the restaurant to follow him to the Grinch's house.
There, he leads everyone in a song about the love the Grinch received from his mother, using his umbrella as a conductor's baton to defeat the Grinch; the Grinch, having a soft spot in his heart for his mother, begins to cry when he hears this, and is afterward told by the spirit of his mother that "everything's going to be all right." Touched, the Grinch disassembles his machines and goes through his change of heart again the next morning. But when his reflection tries to let him repeat the Grinches' Oath again with him, his dog, Max, shuts the Grinch's reflection up with the Vacusound Sweeper.
- Bob Holt as The Grinch
- Mason Adams as The Cat in the Hat / Narrator
- Frank Welker as Max / Waiter / Additional voices
- Joe Eich as Chef
- "A Beelzeberry Day" - The Cat
- "Relax-ification" - The Cat
- "Master of Everyone's Ears" - The Grinch
- "Most Horrible Things" - The Grinch
- "Psychiatry Song" - The Cat
- "The Mother Song" - The Cat, Chef, Musicians and Waiters
- Both the Grinch and the Cat in the Hat were recast with different voice actors than the ones used in previous specials, all of whom had died. Bob Holt voiced the Grinch (Hans Conreid, who voiced the Grinch in Halloween Is Grinch Night, died a few months before the special aired; Boris Karloff, the original voice of the Grinch, had died in 1969), while Mason Adams took over voicing the Cat in the Hat from the late Allan Sherman, who died in 1973.
The special was first released on VHS in the mid-80s via CBS/Fox Video's Playhouse Video division, and reissued later in the decade. This release used its working title The Cat in the Hat Gets Grinched. The special retained its normal name on VHS re-releases (including Dr. Seuss Sing-Along Classics by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with CBS Video and Fox Kids Video). It was also re-released on VHS in 2000 by Paramount Home Entertainment. It was later released on DVD by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The DVD cuts out half of the car chase sequence, ending the chase after the Grinch drives into a mud pit.
The special was released again on DVD by Warner Home Video on October 18, 2011 as part of the Dr. Seuss's Holidays on the Loose! DVD set, along with How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and Halloween Is Grinch Night.
- The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1433. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.