The grumpy, green Grinch and his loyal dog, Max have been a Christmas Classic for years. The original “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was an animated version with the Grinch being voiced by Boris Karloff. In 2000, a live-action film adaptation was created starring Jim Carrey. This year’s newest release showcases a modernized animated version directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier.
“The Grinch” was revamped just enough to make it feel modern without taking away from the original storyline. Furthermore, the animation of the movie provided fun and creative visuals for both kids and adults.
The opening scene feels like a roller coaster, as the view zipped and turned, giving different glimpses of the town of Whoville and inside the Grinch’s home.
In his cave that towers above Whoville, Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) has new inventions and gadgets to use in his plot to stop Christmas from coming. The town of Whoville has every Christmas decoration imaginable, but they are looking to make this Christmas three times bigger. Ever the curmudgeon, Grinch, already overly annoyed with all of the festivities, knows he cannot bear an even bigger Whoville Christmas. To help in his takedown of Christmas, he finds a new character added to the story, a reindeer named Fred.
Other new twists include the storyline being narrated by Pharrell Williams and music featuring rap artist Tyler, The Creator. Williams, the artist of the well-known song “Happy,” has a nice vocal tone that accentuates the rhyming words in the story. Tyler brings a fresh and upbeat element to the music, as well as a new version of the song in the original movies “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” The music matched the modern style of the movie and fit well with Grinch’s character.
While there are plenty of changes in this movie, the Grinch still finds the true meaning of Christmas with some help from the adorable character Cindy-Lou Who (Cameron Seely), who cleverly devises a plan of her own to capture Santa Claus and tell him her very important Christmas wish. Her plan gets in the way of the Grinch and conversation between the two surprises the Grinch as he starts to realize that there is more to the meaning of Christmas. The ensuing moments add familiar charm to the new version.
“The Grinch” brings a much-needed reminder that a little kindness can go a long way. That is a heart-warming theme relevant to the holiday season and is one that family and friends will come together and enjoy.