A wonderful take on a classic Christmas tale. The original television short debuted in 1966. Its run time was only about 26 minutes, telling the short tale about a green monster who found his Christmas spirit. 40 years later, the lore is enormously expanded on in Ron Howard’s Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
We knew the Whos loved Christmas, but the hectic and colorful live-action Whoville showed us to what extend the Whos obsession went. Turns out, Whoville is just a caricature of American society during the holidays, not the magical town with an unbreakable Christmas spirit that we thought it was. Little Cindy Lou Who, who only got a few seconds of screen time in the animated TV special, wants to change Whoville’s greedy Christmas traditions. With the help of The Grinch, Cindy Lou first destroys Christmas, then helps bring to Whoville the “true spirit” of Christmas – one without ribbon, one without tags, one without packages, boxes or bags. Through destroying Whoville’s traditional Christmas culture, Cindy Lou and the Grinch save Christmas’ ethics.
For most Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas wouldn’t be considered a classic, up there with Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story and Home Alone. But for me, I saw Grinch in theaters when I was 7-years-old. I’ve grown up with the live action version and can’t remember a Christmas without it. And though I do love it, there are some thing that are off-putting to me. Those noses just freak me out! I understand the Whos aren’t human, that they’re magical creatures who live on a snowflake, but isn’t the hair and attire enough? Why do they need to look like aliens with those dog snouts?! Number two: it’s very noticable in some scenes that Jim Carey isn’t wearing pants. When he first enters his home, looking over the cliff at his abode, we can clearly see Jim’s wearing a thong. That something that very much confused me as a child, and today just grosses me out. Last thing that makes me uneasy about Grinch is Cindy Lou Who. Not then, she was a nice, wide-eyed little girl back then who just wanted everyone to be happy on Christmas. Now? She’s a horrifying, goth, rocker chick who wears little clothes and who poses in sexually suggestive ways! I can’t ever watch Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas the same way again!