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The Grinch
Grinch
is a fictional green character created by Dr. Seuss. He is best known as the main character of the children's book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957).

Contents

1 Character description 2 History 3 Popularity within American culture 4 References 5 External links

Character description[edit] The Grinch
Grinch
is depicted as a furry, green humanoid recluse living in seclusion on a cliff overlooking the cheerful and optimistic town of Whoville. He scorns the Christmas
Christmas
season and the boisterous and rambunctious festivities customarily celebrated during the holiday; apparently irritated by the happiness of others and deriving pleasure from spoiling other people's merriment. Aided by his pet dog, Max, he disguises himself as Santa Claus
Santa Claus
and breaks into the Whos' homes to steal their holiday decorations and gifts. Although his plan works, he is infuriated on Christmas
Christmas
morning to find the Whos singing cheerfully despite his actions. Convinced that the holiday must carry a meaning distinct from its decorations and gifts, the Grinch
Grinch
returns and distributes his stolen goods to the Whos, with whom he thereafter celebrates. Nevertheless, the Grinch
Grinch
is still portrayed as a bitter and ill-tempered character in artwork or other media. In both the animated TV special and the 2000 live-action film, he is shown to have superhuman strength when he stops an entire sleigh loaded with presents from going over a cliff and lifts it over his head, and he is also described as "[finding] the strength of ten Grinches plus two" during that moment of crisis. With the character's anti- Christmas
Christmas
spirit followed by the transformation on Christmas
Christmas
morning, scholars have noted similarity to Ebenezer Scrooge
Ebenezer Scrooge
from Charles Dickens' 1843 novella A Christmas Carol.[1][2] Cardiologist David Kass suggested that the rapid growth of the Grinch's heart at the end of the story indicates that the Grinch
Grinch
has the physiology of a Burmese python.[3] History[edit]

Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss
working on How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
in early 1957.

The Grinch
Grinch
first appeared in the May 1955 issue of Redbook
Redbook
in a 32-line poem called "The Hoobub and the Grinch,"[4] but made his book debut in the 1957 story How the Grinch
Grinch
Stole Christmas, written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss, published as both a Random House book and in an issue of Redbook
Redbook
magazine. Nine years later in 1966, the story was adapted into an animated television featurette of the same name, which was directed by Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
and included the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch". Boris Karloff
Boris Karloff
serves as both the story's narrator and the voice of the Grinch. In 1977, Seuss responded to the fan request for more Grinch
Grinch
tales by writing Halloween is Grinch
Grinch
Night, that serves as a prequel to the 1966 film. This was followed in 1982, when Marvel green-lit The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat a TV film starring The Cat in the Hat, also produced by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss
(though under his real name, Ted Geisel). Although not as successful as the original, the two films both received Emmy Awards. Several episodes of the 1996 Nick Jr.
Nick Jr.
television show The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss
featured the Grinch, this time in puppet form, a rare screen appearance for the character without being animated or illustrated.[5] A 2000 live-action feature comedy film based on the story, directed by Ron Howard[6] and starring Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey
as the Grinch, was a major financial success,[7] although it received many mixed reviews and holds a 53% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[8] A video game based on the film, simply entitled The Grinch, was released on several consoles and PC in the same year. It was followed in 2007 with the release of a Nintendo DS
Nintendo DS
version that went under the full title of the movie. The Grinch
Grinch
was portrayed on the stage when the story was turned into a musical by the Children's Theater Company out of Minneapolis. The show made it to Broadway by way of a limited run in 2006, with Julia Leuchtenberg playing the Grinch.[9] The Grinch
Grinch
is also a minor character in Seussical, which is a crossover between various Dr. Seuss stories. The Grinch's story will be adapted in animated form in 2018 by Illumination Entertainment, starring Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
as the title character.[10] Popularity within American culture[edit] The Grinch
Grinch
has since become an icon of Christmas
Christmas
and the winter holidays, despite the character's hatred of the season. Over the years he has appeared on various forms of memorabilia such as Christmas ornaments, plush dolls, and various clothing items.[9] The grumpy, anti-holiday spirit of the character has led to the term "Grinch"[11][12] coming to refer to a person opposed to Christmas
Christmas
time celebrations[13][14][15] or to someone with a coarse, greedy attitude.[12] In 2002, TV Guide
TV Guide
ranked The Grinch
Grinch
number 5 on its "50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time" list.[11] References[edit]

^ Philip Nel (2005). "Dr. Seuss: American Icon". p. 130. Continuum, ^ Jacob M. Held (2011). " Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss
and Philosophy: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think". p. 147. Littlefield Publishers, ^ Hamilton, Jon. "Heart 2 Sizes Too Small? Mr. Grinch, See Your Cardiologist." NPR. 22 December 2017. 22 December 2017. ^ Philip Nel (2005). "Dr. Seuss: American Icon". The Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 117.  ^ "The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss." The Jim Henson Company. 22 December 2017. ^ Oscar awards 2001 ^ "How the Grinch
Grinch
Stole Christmas
Christmas
(2000)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-07-07.  ^ "How the Grinch
Grinch
Stole Christmas
Christmas
at Rotten Tomatoes". Rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-07.  ^ a b Fee, Christopher R., ed., and Jeffrey B. Webb, ed. "American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American ...." Google Books. 22 December 2017. ^ Franich, Darren. " Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
is the new Grinch." Entertainment Weekly. 13 April 2016. 22 December 2017. ^ a b TV Guide
TV Guide
Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 158. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9.  ^ a b Serf_12 December 17, 2009 7:21 PM EST (2009-12-17). "Citigroup Suspends Foreclosures: Grinch's Heart Grows Three Sizes! - Econwatch". CBS News. Retrieved 2012-07-07.  ^ "Orlando Grinch? Former Osceola County courts supervisor faces tri". www.palmbeachpost.com. 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2012-07-07.  ^ Felps, Bruce (2010-11-09). " Grinch
Grinch
Grabs Salvation Army Kettle NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth". Nbcdfw.com. Retrieved 2012-07-07.  ^ "S WTAM - Local News - The BIG One - WTAM 1100". WTAM. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Grinch
Grinch
at Wikimedia Commons Grinch
Grinch
at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on February 5, 2016.

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Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch
Grinch
Stole Christmas!

Characters

Grinch

Book

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
(1957)

Music

"You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (1966)

Adaptations

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
(1966, TV special) Halloween Is Grinch Night
Halloween Is Grinch Night
(1977, TV special) The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat (1982, TV special) Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
The Musical (1994) Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch
Grinch
Stole Christmas
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(2000 live action film) Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
Grinch
(2018 animated film)

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Characters

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Stole Christmas! The Cat in the Hat The Cat in the Hat
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Comes Back Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories Happy Birthday to You! Green Eggs and Ham One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish The Sneetches and Other Stories Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book Dr. Seuss's ABC Hop on Pop Fox in Socks I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew I Wish That I Had Duck Feet 1 Come over to My House 1 The Foot Book I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories My Book about ME Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises! The Lorax Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? The Shape of Me and Other Stuff There's a Wocket in My Pocket Great Day for Up! Wacky Wednesday 1 Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! The Cat's Quizzer I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! Oh Say Can You Say? Hunches in Bunches The Butter Battle Book You're Only Old Once! I Am Not Going to Get Up Today! Oh, the Places You'll Go! Daisy-Head Mayzie 2 My Many Colored Days 2 Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! 2 The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories 2 Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories 2 What Pet Should I Get? 2

Adaptations

Television

The Gerald McBoing-Boing
Gerald McBoing-Boing
Show (1956–57) Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch
Grinch
Stole Christmas! (1966) Horton Hears a Who! (1970) The Cat in the Hat (1971) The Lorax (1972) Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss
on the Loose (1973) The Hoober-Bloob Highway (1975) Halloween Is Grinch
Grinch
Night (1977) Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You? (1980) The Grinch
Grinch
Grinches the Cat in the Hat (1982) The Butter Battle Book (1989) In Search of Dr. Seuss (1994) Daisy-Head Mayzie (1995) The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (1996–98) (episodes) Gerald McBoing-Boing (2005–07) The Cat in the Hat
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Knows a Lot About That! (2010–present) (episodes) Green Eggs and Ham (2018)

Film

Horton Hatches the Egg (short; 1942) Gerald McBoing-Boing (short; 1950) How the Grinch
Grinch
Stole Christmas (2000) The Cat in the Hat (2003) Horton Hears a Who! (2008) The Lorax (2012) The Grinch
Grinch
(2018) The Cat in the Hat (TBA)

Other media

Welcome (Russian short film) Seussical (musical) Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
The Musical The Grinch (video game) Dr. Seuss: How the Grinch
Grinch
Stole Christmas! (video game) "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (song) The Lorax (play)

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