Movie Released: December 18, 1966 | DVD Released: October 20, 2015
The 1966 version of [easyazon_link identifier=”B002JUFPUE” locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Deluxe Edition)[/easyazon_link], voice-acted by Boris Karloff, is a holiday necessity in our household. We own the DVD but always make a point of watching when it airs on television. The green character with a heart three sizes too small and his dog Max, represent the true start to the Dewhirst holiday season.
This is the first Dr. Suess book to be translated to film; it remains the benchmark of the fantastical world’s excellence. Famed Warner Brothers artist, Chuck Jones, animated the work, staying true to the drawings in the book. The script does not deviate from the book in any significant way, leaping from the page to our television screens.
The subsequent life action version loses some of the message. In the movie released in 2000, Jim Carrey plays a slapstick Grinch for laughs. I’ve never seen the musical based on the book, so I can’t judge how that measures. The 1966 animated version is one I saw before reading the books. The message of Christmas not coming from a store is one that stays with me and resonates. If we have each other, no matter what befalls, we have won and like the Whos of Whoville, we can sing together and be joyful as a unit.
Of course, any savvy reader will know that the book was actually intended as a harsh commentary on the commercialization of Christmas. Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel was a deeply political person, who felt that there is an “inherent moral in any story.” His [easyazon_link identifier=”0394800788″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]”Horton Hears a Who”[/easyazon_link] was a commentary on the bombing of Hiroshima and [easyazon_link identifier=”0394800893″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]”The Sneechs,”[/easyazon_link] another personal favorite, deals with racial inequality.
The Grinch stands apart for me as the embodiment of not what Christmas is but what it should be. The wonderful art and harmony of spirit in the animated work is a testament to a time that looked forward with hope. What would Dr. Seuss think of our society if he was still with us today? Would he see the ray of hope in this wonderfully, socially aware generation and would he recognize the hand he had in shaping it?
If [easyazon_link identifier=”B002JUFPUE” locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Deluxe Edition)[/easyazon_link] is not on your holiday viewing schedule, add it today. If you are 9 or 90 the animation is delightful, the narration smooth and the message timeless.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is available as a DVD and Blu-ray
|Title||How the Grinch Stole Christmas
|The Grinch||Boris Karloff|
|DVD Release||October 20, 2015|
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is available as a book on Amazon