Popcorn and a Book (20): How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

PandB: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Book: 1957

Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss (Random House)

The TV Movie: 1966

Directed by Chuck Jones (The Cat in the Hat Productions)

The Film: 2000

Directed by Ron Howard (Universal Pictures)

Christmas is my very favourite holiday and one of my Christmas traditions in the lead up to the 25th is watching holiday movies. One of those pre-Christmas flicks just happens to be based on a book… Hello, this week’s Popcorn and a Book topic!

First of all, how great is the title of this book?! It immediately has your attention. You’re asking what’s a Grinch? How can Christmas be stolen? And why is there an exclamation point? (Ok, so you probably don’t question the last one…) Then there is the sheer genius that is Dr. Seuss with his crazy made-up words, silly little drawings and fun rhymes.

The animated TV movie is well done (especially for 1966!). It follows the plot to a tee and Boris Karloff is brilliant as the narrator. However, because it’s so close to the book, you may as well just read the book. The only reason I watch the animated version is for the song “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch.” Who doesn’t love that song?!

The feature film, on the other hand, cracks me up every time. I was very impressed by this live-action version of Dr. Seuss’ classic. It follows the story perfectly, while still managing to add to the storyline without ruining it. Jim Carrey is an incredible Grinch! His make-up and costume is spot on. Sometimes I’m not a big Jim Carrey fan, but not so with this film; he is hilarious as the Grinch and a real pleasure to watch.

No matter how many times I watch it, I still always laugh out loud when he says, “Air bags are a little slow… but that’s what these tests are for!”

Whether book or flick, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a holiday treat I never tire of. I recommend adding it to your holiday traditions, if you haven’t already.

Which holiday books and/or movies do you watch each year? Share your answers in comments.

“Popcorn and a Book” is a bi-weekly meme I host where I will compare one book with its adapted film, looking at the content, the way it has been visualized, the experience, etc. If you would like to participate in this meme, please visit the “Popcorn and a Book” main page for details.

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