Since it was shown in theatres in November, 2000, it has been a tradition for many families to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or simply The Grinch, before Christmas Eve.
The 2000 live-action film directed by Ron Howard was based on Dr. Seuss’s 1957 book of the same name. Narrated by Anthony Hopkins and starring Jim Carrey, the movie was an instant hit for kids and adults alike.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
While there are differences in the film adaptation, much of the story remains the same. The tale revolves around the fictional town of Whoville, whose residents enjoy Christmas very much – except for the Grinch, a green character who hates the holiday.
In the movie, he is given a tragic backstory. The Grinch was a baby adopted by two sisters who teach him about the joys of Christmas. But because he was humiliated in class in front of the girl he likes, he swears off the holiday and decided to live top of Mount Crumpit, north of Whoville.
Years later, he plots to ruin the Whos Christmas by stealing their trees, gifts, and food. In the end though, the Grinch realizes the true meaning of the holiday, and decides to join the townspeople in celebration.