Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My Top 25 Christmas Movies List: #5 How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

   Every year, we look forward to watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas on TV. Based on the book of the same name by Dr. Seuss, this animated TV special tells the story of The Grinch (voiced by Boris Karloff) that lives in a cave on Mt. Crumpit. The Grinch is a bitter green creature, with a heart two sizes too small that despises Christmas.

   On Christmas Eve, the Grinch is trying to figure out a way to prevent Whoville, the town located below Mt. Crumpit, from celebrating Christmas. He decides to disguise himself and steal from each and every Who in Whoville. So the Grinch, dressed as Santa, along with his dog, Max (Dallas McKennon), disguised as a reindeer, pack empty bags and travel down the mountain on their sleigh.

   At the first house, he is caught stealing the Christmas tree by a small girl named Cindy Lou Who (June Foray). The Grinch lies to the child and tells her that he is taking the tree to Santa's Workshop for repairs. Cindy returns to bed and he continues his theft of not only her home but every home in Whoville.

   The Grinch and his faithful companion, Max, climb back up Mt. Crumpit and he is about to drop the sleigh loaded with all the gifts, decorations and holiday food that he took, off the edge of a cliff. But right before he does he hears the Whos happily singing. The Grinch then realizes that Christmas is not about material possessions but the Spirit of Christmas. He is overwhelmed at the sight of the townspeople and his heart grows three sizes larger, thus giving him the strength to pull the sleigh back from going over the edge. He returns all the items he stole from the Whos and is invited to join them in their holiday feast. The Grinch is even given the honor of carving the Roast Beast and he offers the very first slice to faithful ol' Max.

   This is truly a Christmas classic and I'm sure you and your children will enjoy watching it this holiday season!

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