Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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Discover the magic of the Mean One this holiday season! Oscar-winning director Ron Howard and Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer bring Christmas' best-loved grump to life with the help of the irrepressible Jim Carrey as The Grinch. The Grinch is a celebration of the holiday spirit no home should be without! Why is The Grinch (Carrey) such a grouch? No one seems to know, until little Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) takes matters into her own hands and turns both Whoville and The Grinch's world upside down, inside out… and funny side up in her search for the true meaning of Christmas.
The best of the half-dozen short segments on The Grinch DVD mirrors the best part of the movie itself, namely Rick Baker's Oscar®-winning make-up. Baker and star Jim Carrey are such interesting personalities that their stories about the time-consuming process are entertaining. For the kids, Max's Playhouse has some simple games and three sing-alongs. How interesting you find the rest of the extras will depend on how much you liked the film. An unhosted segment on deleted scenes is nothing special, and the segment on how the movie extras, including members of the Cirque de Soleil, worked on their bits could have been far longer. Trying to match the movie's scale, the DVD even boasts recipes. --Doug Thomas
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They like it a lot
And this film
Is about the Grinch
Who did not
The film gives the background, and fills in some blanks
The Grinch as a child was subjected to pranks
He fancied a Who, with the name Martha May
He tried to impress her and to his dismay
They laughed at his efforts, his gift and his face
So he destroyed the classroom and fled from that place
He moved to Mount Crumpet
And made him a home
While the green hairy creature seethed under the dome
Until one cold day at the town Christmas party
When young Cindy Lou showed him how to be hearty
Then Mayor May-Who went and spoiled all the fun
By taunting the Grinch 'til he came all undone
He went up his mountain, and he started scheming
And when he was through he was smiling and beaming
He'd ruin their Christmas; he knew what to do
Revenge is the sweetest when it's overdue
If you've read the story you know how it ends
How the Grinch stole that Christmas from his former friends
So what happened next?
I won't give it away
This Christmas this movie will show every day
So if you're a Grinch you can run, but not hide
As you try to stifle the feeling inside
Just gather the kids for a clean yuletide treat
Merry Christmas to all!
(Now this poem's complete)
Amanda Richards, December 10, 2006
This new 2015 "grinchmas" edition is a huge improvement. It has been re-mastered. the picture is much clearer and well worth re-buying.
The only down sides to this re-issue is that there's no DVD Disc (But there is a digital copy) and there's no new features. So those extra scenes that have been seen on ABC Family, still have not made their way onto disc format.
If you're a fan of this movie, I'd suggest buying this "Grinchmas" Edition, even if you have The original 2009 release. The picture quality imporvement is well worth the re-buy
Let me be clear on my perspective: I am a traditional Catholic, and I firmly believe Christmas is the Church's commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ. I also believe that in keeping with the festive nature of this glorious event that expressions of joy are not to be shunned. However, Christmas is a season (the twelve days of Christmas, from December 25th to January 6th, with expressions of Christmas joy extending all the way to Candlemass).
Jim Carey gives a Jim Carey performance, which is indistinguishable in my book from his excesses in "the Mask" or his other frolics. If you like Jim Carey you'll like his Grinch. I must admit I was amazed that he could convey any expression at all from under his makeup.
The assorted other characters, save the smallest Who in Whoville and the dog, are reduced to cameos, so it is suffice to say that they are adequate, although they too suffer under much make-up.
But larger than any character is the art direction: these sets make "Hook" look like a back alley, with distinct and unique cars, shops, homes, terrain, streets, light fixtures, etc. If this didn't win the Oscar for art direction it should have, simply because of the sheer magnitude of it.
Which leads to its flaws: the sets overwhelm everything and are too much, in a way that baroque or rococo is not too much. And Howard's direction and camera shots make all the detail so constantly in-your-face and overwhelming that you can scarcely follow the story.
The story is mindlessly expanded from Geissel's original fable, with evident padding and a ridiculous sub-plot about a romance between the Grinch and the prettiest girl in town and her present suitor, the self-satisfied and vain mayor.
Which leads to the story's redemptive portion: it does attack the commercialization and emphasis on the giving of presents that mass consumer culture has produced. While I'm no Jansenist, such excess is self evident. But the film's excesses itself blunt this simple message, and disarm the argument through its hypocrisy. In addition, it says, and says loudly "Christmas is NOT about giving presents" but what it offers up is that Christmas is about....warm feelings we have for each other.
News flash to Hollywood: that is NOT what Christmas is about.
<Sigh!> it appears it will be ever thus, in Hollywood's constant safe space of always trying to be politically correct it cannot ever say anything. A pity. Given the evident success of Mel Gibson's "The Passion" and the financial success of the Narnia films over the Golden Compass you'd think their wallets would figure it out for them.
Nevertheless, I don' find HGSC all that offensive or damaging to the observant Christian home. It is piffle, but harmless piffle. The cartoonish excess is annoying, but it has some morbid appeal to children that is ultimately correctable through conversation.