He uses a wreath on a wire to toss a man in the air. He also invented the darkhouse which makes things so dark you can’t see a glove in front of you. With this, the Grinch finally accepts the Whos’ friendship and enjoys Christmas with them.
the grinch movie cast – How The Grinch Stole Our Hearts
In Christmas spirit, Illumination Studios has announced a new animated movie called The Grinch to come in 2018. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a great Christmas movie for families. It gives viewers a first hand look at what it means to be selfish and self centered. More importantly, they see how compassion from a very little girl changes the Grinch’s heart. As a result, the Grinch becomes a new being taking a new look on life & makes every to befriend others and show his kindness.
As much as I love his music, Pharrell Williams’ narration was the most disappointing aspect of the film. His narration was monotone, less dramatic than say a John Houseman or a Boris Karloff. I suspect that the tradeoff was made here to modernize the story telling and to allow the Grinch character to be more sinister than evil.
It’s a largely unknown Emmy-winning prequel to the How The Grinch Stole Christmas! that aired October 27, 1977 and frankly, it’s real weird. Cumberbatch will be lending his voice to the latest re-telling of The Grinch as it is an animation, unlike its live-action predecessor The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey in 2000.
Bill Irwin as Cindy Lou’s harried mailman father, Jeffrey Tambor as the vain mayor, and Christine Baranksi as a Who with Christmas decorations that would make Martha Stewart gnash her teeth in envy all make vivid impressions. Whoville, as imagined by production designer Michael Corenblith, is the most magical setting since Dorothy landed in Munchkinland. The structures suspend the laws of gravity; there are a fantastic series of archways, bridges, stairs and spirals. Whoville clothes and hairstyles echo these shapes and then are topped with candy canes, cups of hot chocolate, and frosted cookies. Overall How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a bright, colorful addition to family-friendly Christmas fare.
The Grinch is a truly magical, even poetic, rendition that remains faithful in some important ways, not only to the original 1966 animated short How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but to the children’s book itself. The characters are oftentimes rhyming, making one think of the how the original story reads. Likewise, the design has an expectedly Dr. Seuss style with rounded edges and topsy-turvy structures. Most impressive is the extremely detailed and visually perfect animation that is strikingly colorful and bright! The filmmakers also creatively craft the signature buildings, houses and natural setting to work seamlessly with innovative technological inventions in the form of outrageous gadgets that the Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his dog, Max, use throughout to accomplish their sinister plot of stealing Christmas from the Whos.
This adaptation is bright, colorful, and occasionally funny, but it doesn’t come close to matching the effectiveness of the short-and-sweet original. While Cumberbatch’s voice isn’t as resonantly deep as Boris Karloff’s, his Grinch is believably grumpy, angry, and resentful of Whoville’s need for a ginormous Christmas celebration. The Grinch’s lovably loyal dog, Max, makes the green meanie a bit more sympathetic, as does the sad backstory that explains his motivations for hating the holiday.
Mosier: There’s a couple things from the Chuck Jones special that we knew we wanted, and we knew that the music is something that is very beloved, and we all love it too, and that theme song is very well known. In making the movie, there is something about having the song really up front and introducing the character to people who don’t know him. The song sort of functioned in a way to bring people to the movie, but, also, to bring new people into the movie to hear this song that actually talks about the Grinch and who he is a bit.
This is just another (and not the final) example of how hard the film’s effects team worked. The opening shot of How the Grinch Stole Christmas not only sets the mood and establishes the major locations, it also lets you know how desperately the effects team needed a raise. In order to fill up the entirety of this frame, the effects team provided tens of thousands of trees to help add some extra green to the shot.
In fact, The Grinch exclusively has single characters, who find joy with each other during the holidays. Cindy Lou Who (Cameron Seely) wants to capture Santa, hoping to ask him if he could make her mother Donna (Rashida Jones) happy for Christmas. Even the scene stealing Bricklebaum (Kenan Thompson) – known as the happiest Who – seems to be alone over the holidays. But it’s the unification that Christmas brings that makes all of these character’s happy.
Grinch’s backstory is also much more compelling in his new movie. In this version of events, he basically grew up alone in an orphanage; he’s not considered an outcast among the Whos because of the way he looks, but is nonetheless distant from them. Because of his depressing childhood and not being able to celebrate Christmas with everyone else, it makes sense by the time he gets out of the orphanage and makes his new home on Mount Crumpet, he wouldn’t want anything to do with Christmas. As Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch ) acknowledges at the end of the movie, he associated the holiday with loneliness.
The Grinch’s only friend is his pet dog, Max , a big-eyed pooch who is loyal to his master despite the Grinch treating Max like a servant. Max also is an unwitting accompany in the Grinch’s plots. The Grinch forces him to masquerade as a “reindeer” by attaching a crooked pair of antlers on his head and making Max pull the sleigh with all the Whos’ Christmas goodies inside.
Our story begins with the green, grumpy Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) holed up in his mountain lair, loathing Christmas and hating the residents of nearby Whoville. Nursing his resentments, the crotchety curmudgeon decides that if he can’t enjoy Christmas, no one will so he dreams up an audacious plan to steal Christmas from every single Who. At the same time, young Cindy Lou Who (who is far more than two and is voiced by Cameron Seely) is hatching a plot to trap Santa so she can ask him to help her hard-working, selfless single mother (voiced by Rashida Jones). Viewers will not be startled when their plans intersect in a not-too-surprising way.
If you’re a Cumberperson (what Cumberbatch prefers his fans call themselves rather than a more lewd name ), you’re probably used to hearing his British accent. But here, Cumberbatch sounds so foreign that adults may be distracted for the film’s first half hour trying figure out what he did to his voice, that is, if they can figure out he’s voicing the Grinch.
Cheney: Yeah, for me, very similar to Scott. I grew up with this. I think my first contact with the story was the Chuck Jones Christmas special. And, it was a yearly thing. And, then getting introduced to the book and reading that, just the entire Grinch, you know, that character, that world, everything has been such an important part of my life as an artist. My wife and I met at film school, and our freshman year we used to talk about the Grinch as being such an important, inspirational project for us. So it is with a lot of reverence that I come to this project. It’s a project that I love, and just like Scott, take very seriously.
The classic original Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas remains an enchanting seasonal story for kids of all ages. The live action retelling is somewhat less satisfactory, but will still entertain kids. Acuna: OK. And one more fun thing. Why does the Grinch’s dog Max decide to stick with him? He’s basically his butler.
Both these classics can be compared to some of the more modern classics, such as Home Alone,” Die Hard” and even Batman Returns,” which take place during Christmas, but don’t necessarily follow the religious traditions of the holiday.
Universal Pictures subsidiary Illumination Entertainment is working on a new animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and the company used its CinemaCon panel last night to announce that Benedict Cumberbatch is voicing the titular green-bearded grump. Cumberbatch will become the third actor to bring the Grinch to life: Boris Karloff lent his voice to the original animated version in 1966, and Jim Carrey hopped into a suit for Ron Howard’s live-action take in 2000. Pete Candeland is going to direct Cumberbatch, and the movie’s scheduled for release on November 17th, 2017.
You can find The Grinch and The Who’s at both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando’s annual Grinchmas event. This holiday offering is themed more to the live action Grinch film, but you can still find merchandise, a few advertisements, and photo ops from the new movie.
The live-action version made the mistake that a lot of movies do when adapting something: they assumed to make a movie longer that had to make everyone in it meaner and darker. It also relied on a bakcstory for The Grinch himself that made the other Whos seem like the real monsters. The Grinch succeeds because it does the opposite of it while expanding on the spirit of the original.
With Illumination’s fully-animated take on the big green grump just hitting theaters, it feels like an appropriate time to touch on the unfiltered chaos of the character’s last cinematic interpretation. It’s an undoubtedly wild and crazy viewing experience, but the chaos wasn’t limited to what the audience saw. In fact, there was plenty of craziness throughout the production that is worth chronicling for fans (and non-fans) of the 2000 movie.
For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism.
The sarcastic comments mostly end there. The makers of Minions” and the Despicable Me” movies find a consistent offbeat humor in the adaptation, while retaining the sneaky emotional core. Effort and creative energy are visible from beginning to end. But the new film highlights the greatest problem of any big-screen Seuss reimagining: It’s very hard to turn this 69-page picture book into a 90-minute movie.
Danny Elfman scores the film, bringing a welcome The Nightmare Before Christmas” vibe to the proceedings, especially in the inventive and music-heavy scenes where the Grinch steals the presents from the sleeping Whos. The mixture of movement and inventive Grinch contraptions, as a city full of Christmas is robbed in minutes, is the best blend of the old vibe and new filmmaking approach.