I think everyone has an affinity toward the grumpy green Grinch of Dr. Seuss legend. This classic children’s story is timeless. In fact, most of the Dr. Seuss stories are part of our family’s library of great kid’s books. I have always enjoyed reading Dr. Seuss to my children, especially “The Grinch”. My girls sometimes say I am a little like him, grumpy but loveable. Good thing I am not green and furry.
The Grinch Movie 2018
Illumination and Universal Pictures have teamed up again to make their eighth fully animated feature. This one is “The Grinch”, based on Dr. Seuss’ Christmas holiday story about the cynical grouch who makes it his mission to steal Christmas from the residents of Who-ville.
In this film, Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch is the voice of the infamous Grinch. The character lives alone inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his cute and extremely loyal dog, Max. The cave is cluttered with contraptions designed to make life easier for the lazy Grinch. The only time he leaves his cave is when he runs out of food. When that happens, he has to interact with the residents of Who-ville, and he isn’t especially pleasant.
Each Christmas the Whos disturb the solitude of the Grinch with their incredibly boisterous and festive holiday celebrations, declaring that each year the celebrations will be bigger and louder than the year before. The Grinch decides to steal Christmas in order to save his tranquility. In this great story, he pretends to be Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and enlists the help of a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.
One of the Whos, a little girl named Cindy-Lou, is overcome with holiday joy and spirit. She and her pals plot to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds. She wants to do this so that she can thank him for helping her overworked single mother. With Christmas fast approaching, Cindy-Lou’s plan runs into a snag when she is met with the Grinch’s more evil plan for Christmas.
I won’t spoil the film by spelling out what happens, in case you have never read “The Grinch”. Let’s just say that this very funny animated film is heartwarming and filled with optimism. The characters are all unique and witty.