Facts about The Grinch
The Grinch Biography
The Grinch is the Christmas-hating title character of the 1957 Dr. Seuss illustrated book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
The story follows the Grinch — a furry and grouchy cave-dwelling critter — as he becomes annoyed with the sounds of holiday cheer emanating from Whoville, in the valley below his mountaintop home on Mount Crumpet. He decides to put an end to the merry-making by posing as Santa Claus and stealing all the gifts and trappings of Christmas. The result, naturally, is not exactly what he expected.
A popular animated version of the story first appeared on television on December 18, 1966 and has been broadcast annually on U.S. networks ever since. The CBS special, directed by Warner Brothers cartoon veterans Chuck Jones and Ben Washam, featured the voice of Boris Karloff (best known as the monster in the 1931 movie Frankenstein) as both the narrator and the Grinch.
The Grinch has also been portrayed by human actors: by Jim Carrey in a 2000 feature film directed by Ron Howard, and by Patrick Page in a musical version that ran on Broadway over the holidays in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. The Grinch returned yet again in 2018 in a new animated film version starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the Grinch.
The TV show’s signature musical solo, “You’re a Mean One, Mister Grinch,” was done by professional singer and voiceover talent Thurl Ravenscroft (1914-2005), who also voiced Tony the Tiger in breakfast cereal commercials… Another beloved TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, debuted in 1965, one year earlier than The Grinch.