How the Grinch Stole Christmas (VHS, 1999, Clam Shell)

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I would not touch you with a 39 and a half foot pole!

Jun 27, 2002 (Updated Jun 27, 2002)
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Pros:A warm, delightful story for the entire family.

Cons:None

The Bottom Line: Awesome! A classic story for everyone to cherish!


Every Who down in Who ville liked Christmas a lot...but the Grinch who lived just north of Who ville...did not! The classic line that starts out one of the most beloved Christmas tales of all time...How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This classic tale is one a mean old Grinch who lives many a feet up above who ville who is trying to come up with a way to stop Christmas from coming this year. He tried everything he could do but the Who's...well they thought of Christmas as something we don't often realize it to be.

The Grinch is brilliantly described to us as the story is being narrated. He is as cuddly as a cactus, charming as an eel, termites in his smile and garlic in his soul. The narrator would not touch him with a 39 and a half foot pole. We can clearly see that the Grinch was a wicked, mean, and not so generous person in most of this cartoon. His heart was described as two sized too small. It could have been most thought that his shoes were too tight. But whatever the reason he stood up top the mountain staring down at the Who's. The Grinch has a very green tone to his skin and a funny smile. Remember the first time we see his smile. Slowly at first and then it begins to widen and get bigger and bigger. I still laugh at that scene today and my kids love it. My daughter has practically memorized the whole thing songs and all. Even though the Grinch is someone the kids see as a bad person at first, as the cartoon progresses it is actually funny in a few scenes to get their minds open to the fact that this is simply a cartoon and not for real. We can see the Grinch slithering and sliming around and being very sneaky and that is what gets the kids attention you know. I thought that the making of his Santa Claus suit was remarkable. He just by chance had a bunch of large red sheets up in his cold, dark cave. What a coincidence:) As he cuts and is sewing this suit we see the evil and determined smile on his face which tells us he means business and nothing will get in his way to stop this whole celebration from coming.

It may have seemed that the Grinch had stole Christmas when he was packing all his bags with all the ornaments and decorations and food and everything else he could have got his hands on. In our minds we think oh my how are the kids going to react when they wake up in the morning? Will they be disappointed? When the Grinch is up top at dawn waiting for those Who's to awake he puts a hand to his ear and waits quietly for what he thinks is going to be tears and crying and sadness when all of a sudden he hears bells and singing! How can it be so he had said. He exclaimed that it had come without packages or boxes or bags. It came without toys or food. Everything was gone. But then he started to realize that maybe Christmas does not come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more. The Grinch was defeated but in a positive way and this lesson right here can teach kids that being evil is not good. That being a lonely, dark person is not healthy. So the Grinch realizes this and we see a joyful smile come upon his face and suddenly he realizes to do the right thing...bring Christmas back to the Who's. As the sleigh above the mountain begins to fall over the Grinch rushes over to try and pull it back up when what happened in Who ville they say that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day!

The animation in this cartoon was excellent. The colors they used and the way they had all the characters moving around was quite an accomplishment for back in those days. The music throughout the entire cartoon was funny, funny, funny as we hear how the Grinch is being described in those songs. Boris Karloff did a superb job narrating this cartoon as well as providing for the voice of the Grinch. A classic in all of history, the Grinch will always be remembered as a heart felt Christmas story for everyone to watch around a warm fire or if you live in the south around a few palm trees works just fine too:)

Overall, this classic tale is a must for any Christmas lover and a great collection to have in your video cabinet. Do not miss this one!


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