How the Grinch Stole Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1967)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 1, 1967
DVD Release Date: October 31, 2000
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Consensus: How the Grinch Stole Christmas brings an impressive array of talent to bear on an adaptation that honors a classic holiday story -- and has rightfully become a yuletide tradition of its own.

TIME Magazine

This lusty, garishly colored, good-hearted cartoon was a wonderful, awful idea.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's such a wonderful combination of talents and rich enthusiasm for the source material, that it's tough to not like it.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

I've always thought Boris Karloff's last great role was as the snarling, malevolent voice of the Grinch in this 1966 television cartoon.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Heartwarming TV special true to Seuss' classic.

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Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

A seasonal classic.

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Steve Crum

Classic Christmas animated tale, a perennial on TV.

David Bezanson

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
A Christmas classic wonderfully narrated by Boris Karloff (!!!) Having seen it again as an adult, it did not impress me as magically superb as it did as a… More
Jim Careter
I watc this every year, it fun and great.
Chris Weber
One of my all-time favorite Christmas films. This is an absolute classic. Like the story it's based on, it's short, sweet, and to the point. Yeah,… More
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
I'm not gonna lie: some of the names that Dr. Seuss has created for the items, places and activities present in his most famous oeuvre, "How The… More
Christopher Heim
Simply a christmas classic.
Stella Dallas
Happy Holidays everyone! i like to pretend that this is the only grinch and that jim carrey version doesn't exist :/