We’re moving right along in our countdown to the No. 1 Christmas movie of all time. I know you’re all antsy and want me to just skip to the beginning but I can’t. It’s just too fun (and much easier) writing one little summary a day.
Our next film is both a TV special and Hollywood flick. Most people that voted for this Christmas movie made sure to tell me that they wanted the cartoon and not the feature film. I combined them in one summary.
With that said, I bring you No. 9…
No. 9 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Directed by: Ron Howard. Starring: Jim Carrey.
Total Points: 101 (Highest Rank No. 1. Named on 19 ballots, 51.3-percent of the ballots with an average rating of 5.3. Not ranked on Kevy’s ballot).
Tagline (from IMDB.com): You Better Watch Out!
Memorable quote from the 2000 film:
The Grinch: The nerve of those Whos. Inviting me down there – and on such short notice. Even if I wanted to go my schedule wouldn’t allow it. Four o’clock, wallow in self pity; 4:30, stare into the abyss; 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one. 5:30, jazzercize. 6:30, dinner with me. I can’t cancel that again. 7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing; I’m booked. Of course, if I bump the loathing to 9 I could still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear?
Memorable quote from the 1966 film:
Narrator: All the Whos down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did not. The Grinch hated Christmas – the whole Christmas season. Oh, please don’t ask why, no one quite knows the reason. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. Or maybe his head wasn’t screwed on just right. But I think that the best reason of all may have been that his heart was two sizes too small.
My take on the films: I liked how both the cartoon and movie portrayed the Christmas season. In the cartoon the Who’s are still happy that its Christmas even after the Grinch supposedly stole their Christmas the night before. It didn’t matter to them that there were no presents or a Christmas tree, they were still happy. In the movie the Whos are in a hurry to go shopping, they rush toward the “Everything $0.99 cents” deal, they “compete” with their neighbors with Christmas lights but in the end they are still happy despite not having all of that. And the Grinch realizes this at the very end of both films. I think that’s the way most of us are. Christmas has become so commercialized that we forget about the meaning of the season and I think if you took all of that commercialization away we’d still enjoy the Christmas season.
Fun facts about the 2000 film: Everything in the film revolves around a swirl, the same as in the original drawings of the book. This includes the clouds. If you look closely at in several scenes, several times the initials “C.H.”, “J.C.,” and “R.H.” briefly form as the clouds move. This stands for actor
Fun facts about the 1966 TV special: