Christmas isn’t Christmas for Dice without all the animated television specials that broadcast each year. Every December for as long as he can remember, Dice has watched with wondrous glee all the classic holiday shows like the Rankin/Bass Production Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas, probably because their airing means it’s one day closer to presents. But if there’s one animated holiday special that gives Dice pause to contemplate those gifts, it would have to be Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Let’s take a look at some of the Grinch’s most interesting history.
1957 – Originally published in 1957, Grinch was one of Seuss’ easiest books to compose and, according to the author, was inspired by Seuss’ own “very Grinch-ish countenance in the mirror” one December morning. Seuss stated that he wrote the story to try to “rediscover something about Christmas.” (To wit, check out #3 in this article.)
1966 – Chuck Jones, former animator colleague of Seuss, convinced Seuss to make a cartoon version of the Grinch. First broadcast on CBS, the animated version cost a whopping $315,000 to produce. (By comparison the budget for the 1965 A Charlie Brown Christmas was $96,000.) Narrated by legendary horror actor Boris Karloff, in 2002 the Grinch would be named #5 on TV Guide’s list of the 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All-Time. Interestingly, in the original show Karloff was credited with the vocals for the classic song “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch.” However, Karloff could not sing and the song was performed by Thurl Ravenscroft, better known for being the voice of cereal personality Tony the Tiger, among many other popular favorites.
1977/1982 – Responding to requests from fans, Seuss writes and releases a prequel titled Halloween is Grinch Night. In 1982, Seuss mashes up his two most popular characters for The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat. Each of these shows would win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.
2000 – Ron Howard and Jim Carrey team up to make Grinch the first of Dr. Seuss’ books to be made into a feature-length movie. Grossing $345 million worldwide, Grinch has been named the 2nd highest-grossing holiday film of all-time (behind Home Alone) despite receiving only a 53% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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