413. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Chuck Jones

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SUMMARY: The Grinch, a bitter creature with a heart two sizes too small, lives in an isolated cave on top of a mountain overlooking Whoville. The Grinch especially despises Christmas and after 53 years of watching it in disgust, he decides that this year he’s going to steal the entire holiday.

WHY IT’S HERE: The dream union of Chuck Jones and Dr. Seuss had been brought together previously for the short Private Snafu army training cartoons but this TV Christmas special based on Seuss’s much loved book of the same title brought out the full potential of the partnership. ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ has become a seasonal TV staple and it stands out above other such fare because Jones’s expert approach is very much in evidence, Seuss’s script is exceptional and Boris Karloff’s narration is worthy of the great actor’s legendary catalogue of credits. Also brilliant is Thurl Ravenscroft, the legendary voice behind Frosties icon Tony the Tiger. Ravenscroft sings the hilarious ‘You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch’, an alternative Christmas hit in any household that has embraced this festive classic.

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