The Grinch (film)

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The Grinch
The Grinch, final poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
by Dr. Seuss
Narrated by Pharrell Williams
Music by Danny Elfman[1]
Edited by Chris Cartagena
Distributed by Universal Pictures[2]
Release date
  • November 9, 2018 (2018-11-09) (United States)
Running time
86 minutes[3]
Country United States
Language English

The Grinch (also known as Dr. Seuss' The Grinch) is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated comedy Christmas film produced by Illumination Entertainment. Based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss story How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, it is the third screen adaptation of the story, following the 1966 TV special of the same name and the 2000 live-action feature-length also of the same name. It is directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, written by Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow, narrated by Pharrell Williams, and starring the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch,[4] Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, and Angela Lansbury. The film is scheduled to be released by Universal Pictures on November 9, 2018 in RealD 3D and selected IMAX theaters.


The Grinch hatches a scheme with his trusted canine Max to ruin Christmas when the residents of Whoville plan to make their annual holiday three times bigger that year.[5] Meanwhile, Cindy Lou Who plans to seek out Santa Claus to thank him for helping her widowed mother every Christmas, but little does she know she is trying to blow the Grinch's cover.[6]



In February 2013, it was announced that Illumination Entertainment is developing a 3D animated feature film based on the Dr. Seuss book,[7] with Peter Candeland and Yarrow Cheney set to direct it.[8]


Benedict Cumberbatch had been cast as the titular character in April 2016.[8] By September 2018, Pharrell Williams has been cast as the narrator while Angela Lansbury will voice the Mayor of Whoville. Rashida Jones, Cameron Seely, and Kenan Thompson have also been cast in the film.[9]


Like almost all other Illumination's films, the animation was created entirely in France by Illumination Mac Guff. The movie's animation was made using Autodesk Maya.


In November 20, 2017, Danny Elfman was revealed to be composing the film's score.[1] Tyler, the Creator wrote a new song for the film titled "I Am the Grinch", which as featured in the final trailer.[9] Tyler and Elfman collaborated on a new version of the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" for the film.[9]


The film was originally scheduled to be released on November 10, 2017,[10] but in June 2016 it was pushed back to November 9, 2018.[11]


The first official trailer was released on March 8, 2018.[12] The second trailer was released on June 14, 2018. The third and final trailer was released online on September 18, 2018, along with a new poster.[13]

Box office projections[edit]

In the United States and Canada, The Grinch will be released alongside The Girl in the Spider's Web and Overlord, and is projected to gross around $50 million in its opening weekend.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Danny Elfman to Score Illumination's 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'". Film Music Reporter. November 20, 2017. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Film releases". Variety Insight. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch". Regal Entertainment Group. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  4. ^ Evry, Max (December 20, 2017). "The Grinch Poster Shows the Title Character Before He Got Mean". Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (April 13, 2016). "Benedict Cumberbatch to Voice the Grinch in 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'". Variety. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation.
  6. ^ Freeman, Molly (March 7, 2018). "Meet Max in The Grinch Teaser Poster; First Trailer Arriving Tomorrow". Screen Rant. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (February 7, 2013). "'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' Remake in the Works at Universal". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California: Eldridge Industries. Retrieved February 7, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (April 13, 2016). "Benedict Cumberbatch to Voice the Grinch in 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'". Variety. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c Fleming, Mike Jr. (September 18, 2018). "Pharrell Williams Joins Illumination's Animated Dr. Seuss' 'The Grinch' As Narrator". Deadline Hollywood. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  10. ^ McClintock, Pamela (November 17, 2011). "Universal Dates 'Despicable Me 3,' New 'Grinch Who Stole Christmas'". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California: Eldridge Industries. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 7, 2016). "Illumination's 'The Grinch' Pushed Back to 2018". Variety. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
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  13. ^ Schaefer, Sandy (September 18, 2018). "The Grinch Final Trailer & Poster: Cumberbatch Steals Christmas". Screen Rant. Montreal, Canada: Valnet, Inc. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  14. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 18, 2018). "Illumination-Universal's 'The Grinch' To Steal $50M+ Opening – Early B.O. Forecast". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved October 18, 2018.

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