Facts about The Grinch

Born: 1957
Birthplace: Fiction
Best known as: Animated TV grouch who "stole" Christmas


The Grinch Biography

The Grinch is the Christmas-hating title character of a 1957 Dr. Seuss cartoon book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The story follows the Grinch — a furry and grouchy cave-dwelling critter — as he becomes annoyed with sounds of holiday cheer emanating from Whoville, in the valley below his hilltop 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.

Extra credit

The TV show’s signature musical solo, “You’re a Mean One, Mister Grinch,” was done by professional singer and voiceover talent Thurl Ravenscroft, 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.


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