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 film and crossover starring Dr. Seuss' famous character, The Cat in the Hat and antagonized by The Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. It premiered on May 20, 1982 on ABC and won two Emmys.
On a morning so beautiful, even the Grinch wakes up in a good mood. But his cheerfulness is soon revoked when his reflection in the mirror prompts him to repeat his oath and prove himself a Grinch. Meanwhile, the Cat in the Hat goes on a picnic. Paths crossed between the Grinch and the Cat escalates into a fierce car chase.
The Cat returns to safely his house, but the Grinch tracks him there and messes with his voice using a device he has invented and in the process sabotaging other sounds within a radius of 50 miles. Then the Grinch proceeds to builds "Darkhouse", a lighthouse that spreads darkness with which to mess with the Cat's sight.
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 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. 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. The Grinch cries when he hears this, and disassembles his machines and goes through his change of heart again the next morning. But when his reflection tries to convert him back to his old self, Max drains out his voice with the Vacusound Sweeper.
- Mason Adams as The Cat in the Hat / Narrator
- Bob Holt as The Grinch
- 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.