Many people have fond memories of hearing Boris Karloff voice Dr. Seuss’ classic character The Grinch in the animated television show How the Grinch Stole Christmas, directed by Chuck Jones. More recently, Jim Carrey memorably embodied the grouchy character in Ron Howard’s same-titled live-action version in 2000, which won a lot of new Grinch fans.
Now a new animated feature version is heading to theaters. We were teased with a TV spot earlier this year during the Olympics and then the first trailer, but now a new trailer expands on how this version will be distinctive, hinting at the Grinch’s early years in an orphanage, as well as his current activities as a mean fellow doing mean things to unsuspecting people. Oh, and his views on Christmas.
Watch the new trailer below and then read onward for all we know about The Grinch.
What promises to make this version different?
Illumination Entertainment. They’re the animation company behind the Despicable Me franchise, as well as The Secret Life of Pets and Sing.
The company also has relevant experience as far as bringing beloved childhood characters to life, since they produced Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. Their proven track record leads us to conclude that The Grinch is in good hands.
What’s the official synopsis?
Here’s the official run-down of the plot, via Cartoon Brew: “Academy Award-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Who-ville when he runs out of food.
“Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.
“Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who—a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer—plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all?”
Who wrote the screenplay?
Michael LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree; Keeping Up with the Joneses) and Tommy Swerdlow (Cool Runnings, Little Giants).
In February 2013, we heard that Pete Cardeland, well-versed in music videos and TV commercials, would be making his directorial debut with an animated, 3D take on the beloved 1957 book.
Variety reported in June 2016 that Yarrow Cheney (The Secret Life of Pets) would be co-directing the film. More recently, we heard in March 2018 that Cardeland had departed the project. Producer Scott Mosier, best known for producing Kevin Smith’s earlier films, was revealed as co-director with Cheney.
When can we see it?
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment will release The Grinch in theaters everywhere on November 9, 2018.