How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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Chuck Jones' animated version of the classic Dr. Seuss book How the Grinch Stole Christmas originally aired on television in 1966 and has since become a holiday family favorite. Voiced by Boris Karloff (who also narrates), the Grinch lives on top of a hill overlooking Whoville with his dog, Max. Each year at Christmas time, the Grinch's hatred grows stronger toward those insufferably cheerful Whos down in Whoville. Content to exchange presents, eat large banquets, and sing songs in the town square, the Whos live in a blissful ignorance of the Grinch's contempt. One year, he gets… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"This lusty, garishly colored, good-hearted cartoon was a wonderful, awful idea."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Heartwarming TV special true to Seuss' classic."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Forget director Ron Howard's ill-conceived, live-action version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The only cinematic take the story needed was released as an animated television special in 1966."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Christmas isn't Christmas without the Grinch."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"I've always thought Boris Karloff's last great role was as the snarling, malevolent voice of the Grinch in this 1966 television cartoon."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Classic Christmas animated tale, a perennial on TV."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"It's the kind of weirdly clever, yet innocent and kid-friendly, product that forces me to use this tired cliché -- they just don't make 'em like this any more"
‑ David Bezanson, Filmcritic.com
"Like fine wine, it just gets better every darn year."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"A seasonal classic."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Chuck Jones's wonderful 1966 television special remains a model of economy, taking Dr. Suess's simple tale and perfectly stretching it out to 26 minutes."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"I love Rankin-Bass, sure, but give me this any and every Christmas."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"In the middle of a frantic Christmas season, there is no better respite from the buy-me commercialism of the holidays than this short, but poignant story by Dr. Seuss."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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