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Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

The Grinch

Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment and Perfect World Pictures present a PG, 90 minute, Animation, Comedy, Family, Holiday film, directed by Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier, screenplay by Michael LeSieur and based on the book by Dr. Seuss with a theatre release date of November 9, 2018.


The Grinch (voice of Benedict Cumberbatch) lives in cave with his faithful dog Max far north above the town of Whoville. He has never been a fan of the Christmas holiday or the people of Whoville. A matter of fact the only time he goes to town is when he runs out of food. His cave is large and filled with contraptions that he has built to make his life a bit more comfortable and away from the sounds of Whoville.

It is right before Christmas and the town of Whoville is setting up for the holiday with lights, wreaths and trees all decorated for the big day. Grinch on the other hand as a child has grown up alone in an orphanage most of his life and he definitely holds no love for the holiday partially because his heart is two sizes too small. Back in Whoville Cindy Lou Who’s (voice of Cameron Seely) mother Donna Lou Who (voice of Rashida Jones) is always so tired from all the hours at work so Cindy Lou is trying to think of a way along with her four friends of somehow capturing Santa Claus so that Cindy Lou can ask a special favor of him.

The mayor (voice of Angela Lansbury) has declared Whoville this year to be three times bigger than last year and the Grinch is not happy. So, the Grinch along with his faithful dog Max have devised a plan to steal Christmas hence he ends up meeting Fred the reindeer. Thanks to a mountain goat a reindeer that looks like he ate the other seven reindeer that pull Santa’s sleigh is his only option to pull the sleigh that the Grinch stole from Bricklebaum (voice of Kenan Thompson). It is the day before Christmas and some of the Grinch’s plans are not going as expected but he makes due. While stealing everything from every home while finishing his last he meets Cindy Lou and because of her wish and unconditional love she not only changed Christmas but also the life of the Grinch making Whoville a town full of love of which no matter what it had always been and will always be moving forward.

This new rendition of the Grinch is pretty close to the original just with more updated styles, script and direction. I am a real fan of the old Grinch film so it’s tough to compare then versus now but Cheney and Mosier did a great job modernizing the legend of the Grinch. I was hoping it would be more of an original story rather than a remake of the original. Illumination and Universal did a wonderful job with the animation so I believe the Grinch will do quite well over the holidays for kids and their families wanting to spend a night out to dinner and a movie. The voices were all excellent but I tended to not be a huge fan of Cumberbatch voicing the Grinch. I mean he is a great actor but I just felt I missed the whiny piercing voice of the original voiced character. All this aside it is a holiday film for everyone so grow a heart and get in the Christmas spirit and go see The Grinch on the big screen. Merry Christmas everyone! Oh and by the way I loved the goat!  Also Pharrell Williams did a great job as the narrator. 

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