NBC announced that they will air the complete version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! for the 50th anniversary of the classic Dr. Seuss film on Nov. 25. First released in 1966, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! quickly became a holiday classic. The film features the voice of Boris Karloff as the Grinch and narrator, June Foray as Cindy Lou, Dal McKenon as Max, and Thurl Ravenscroft sings the classic song “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Though the original movie is often cut to 26 minutes, NBC will play the full movie beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The movie airs on NBC just days before the nation celebrates annual Grinch Day on Dec. 1.
Originally published in 1957, Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, wrote How the Grinch Stole Christmas! after writing The Cat in the Hat. The book is written in rhyme and tells the story of the Whos who live in Whoville. The Whos love to celebrate Christmas, but the Grinch detests the holiday. He suffers from not having enough love and his cold, icy ways caused his heart to shrink. The Grinch tries to steal Christmas from the Whos, but has a life-changing experience after meeting one little Who: Cindy Lou. The heartwarming tale reflects upon the true meaning of Christmas and has been a popular book and film for decades. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is also a great choice for those who criticize the commercial aspects of the holiday.
On November 17, 2000, actor Jim Carrey starred in the full-length version of the movie. Ron Howard directed the film that brought the animated character of the Grinch to life and used real actors for the characters. Many people are celebrating the 16th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! starring Jim Carrey
While the Ron Howard version of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was a huge success, many love the simplicity of the original animated film from 1966. In 1968, the soundtrack from How the Grinch Stole Christmas! won the Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children.
You may see clips from the Jim Carrey movie version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! in the video below.
Teachers, parents, and child care workers will find plenty of online activities they can use with students in addition to the movie. As Christmas approaches, many child care workers look for appropriately-themed books and movies to share with kids. Since National Grinch Day is Dec. 1, many activities focusing on the book and the movie will take place across the nation. You may find more information regarding National Grinch Day at Seussville.
Vermillion Parish Schools has a nice website with resources such as Grinch coloring pages and more. Left Brain Craft Brain has a recipe for Grinch play-dough and other Grinch-inspired crafts and activities. The site Teaching Ideas has a number of resources for those looking for lesson plans, teaching strategies, and other Grinch-related activities suitable for kids.
How the Grinch StoleChristmas! is a popular curriculum choice for teachers and has been turned into a touring musical show that has 2016 tour dates. A new animated film is set for release in 2018 starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch.
Many people are expressing their excitement about Christmas and the extended return of this holiday classic. Are you going to watch the 50th anniversary special of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!?
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