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Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas [DVD] [2001]
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The Grinch, who lives just north of Whoville, is tired of listening to their Christmas celebration each year. But this year, he’s going to do something about it. Disguising himself as Santa, he sneaks down into the town to take everything Christmassy, and everything else, from them. But will that stop Christmas from coming? Is he beyond enjoying the season himself?
What can I say; this is a great holiday special. There were only a handful I had to watch every year growing up, and this is one of them. That’s extended to my adult Decembers as well. It keeps the story simple, not trying to expand it needlessly like the recent live action movie did. And the songs add to the fun, especially “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” That song alone is worth watching the special for.
This DVD is a great way to own this classic. The picture and sound are good. I can’t really tell that much difference in how the Grinch is supposed to look, and to me this is a minor issue anyway. The extras are a mixed bag. The audio commentary isn’t that great because it’s obvious that they really don’t have that much to say. However, the special about the making of the cartoon and the separate interview about writing the songs are both interesting.
This disc also includes another cartoon from a Dr. Seuss book, HORTON HEARS A WHO. I had never seen this special before I bought the disc, but I’m not a fan of it. Not sure why because I like the book. Maybe if I’d seen it as a kid I’d feel differently.
Ultimately, the reason to get this DVD is the classic Christmas special that headlines the disc. Watching it always brings the warm fuzzies of Christmas past for a visit. You can’t go wrong getting it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2000
This video is part of every American child's Christmas since it's initial release, and to be able to watch it and share it with my children here in England is wonderful. I have heard many English reviewers refer to the current Jim Carrey film as "schmaltz" (I haven't seen it yet myself) but I would challenge anyone to be offended by this hilarious and (yes) heartwarming animation. I have yet to meet the kid that hasn't loved this story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is a Christmas classic that usually receives repeated viewings in my household. The Grinch is a timeless tale of tolerance, discised as a fantasy. It's the perfect way to put your Little Cindy Lou Who to bed on Christmas Eve, or any night of the year. "Hurton Hears A Who" is another delightful story, which will be especially popular with animal lovers. The animated adaptations of these two stories are a "hateful" of fun! Here's more on each of the shorts, because a person is a person no matter how small and you deserve some good protect information.

You can keep your Frosty the Snowman, Rudoplh the Red Nosed Reindeer, and all the rest. Just let me have my Grinch. Quite simply, this is the best movie that money can buy- a wonderful gift and you never can have too many Grinch movies. Any family should own this movie. After all, who can resist this tale of selfishness conquered by love? Not me, that's for sure. I'm not really into seeing the Jim Carrey version; nothing can top this Dr. Seuss masterpiece. Not even Hollywood.

The Grinch is a mean one, and your kids will think YOU'RE mean if you don't stuff their stocking with this. It's collectively a perfect disc, and kids will be excited to hear that the soundtracks to both films appear unabridged on a single disc. This is a very special DVD release sure to satisfy the ones who aren't getting a lump of coal this year....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2009
The cartoon version of the Grinch is an American Christmas classic. It is rarely (if ever) shown in the UK - but is a must-see for kids young and old. I have seen it many times when I lived in the US and so knew what I was getting. Now I want to spread the word. So I'd suggest you don't be a Grinch and buy a copy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2001
I first watched "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" when I was a little girl and was mesmerised by it. It soon became a tradition to watch it every year in our house as I'm sure it was with a lot of houses in North America. I hope it will become a firm favourite over here. I believe they should have shown this film to the population over here first before they released " The Grinch" as it is closer to the original story by Dr. Seuss. It probably would have been more successful at the box office than it was. I believe it has the same morality as Dicken's " A Christmas Carol" but for the younger generation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2007
That really is all that can be said about this film. It simply is the most amazing Christmas story that has ever been told. My parents loved it, I loved it (i'm 28 and still make sure that i watch it at least three times every Christmas) and my kids love it. I'm pretty sure that their kids will love it as well. Its just such a fantastic story that really tells all about the spirit of Christmas...
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on 4 March 2008
Need I say more? Dr. Seuss, directed by Chuck Jones and narrated by Boris Karloff!

It is a faithful re-telling of Dr. Seuss's classic story that copies the art and most importantly retains the word play. It even has some good songs if you like that kind of thing!

The Grinch, bitter and selfish steals Christmas away from the Whose. Disguising himself as Santa, he sneaks down to the Whose to take everything Christmassy, and everything else. But will that stop Christmas? Is he beyond enjoying the season himself? What happens when little Cindy Loo Who, who returns his spiteful act with an act of kindness itself...

If your only point of reference is the recent film (never mind) this is much (much) better. Who can fail to love the Cat in the Hat; the way this is presented...

This disc also includes another cartoon (by the same team) from a Dr. Seuss book, Horton Hears a Who, which is due for cinema release soon...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2000
My fondest childhood memories come from waiting in anticipation for the Grinch to air on television along with the other Christmas specials. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a superb cartoon with excellent songs that the whole family can sing along and enjoy!
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on 15 February 2013
As a non-native who has been living in Europe for over a decade, I was missing a lot of the staple holiday classics I had enjoyed during my formative years. After becoming a father of two, I decided it was time to invest in several of the Christmas movies that were always on heavy rotation back home. I bought this disc simply for the Grinch and didn't pay much attention to the product description, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it also includes the original animated version of Horton Hears a Who. Even if you never grew up with this film, I would highly recommend it for both you and your little ones.
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on 15 January 2011
Most holiday movies work on making kids believe in Santa, this story references Santa - even the Whos in Whoville believe in Santa - but the point of this story is that the holiday is about love, about families and friends sharing time together and being happy. It tells the story through the eyes of the Grinch who can't bear to see others happy because he himself is not...as the fantastic soundtrack says..."he has garlic in his soul!" His transformation is wonderful for kids and adults and now as an adult, i look forward to watching this one every year at least as much as i did when i was a kid.
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