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How The Grinch Stole Christmas

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

By Patrick Samuel • December 12th, 2010
Static Mass Rating: 5/5
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (DVD)

Release Date: November 26th 2001
Certificate: U
Running Time: 26 minutes

Director: Henry Selick

Narrated by: Boris Karloff

Narrated by Boris Karloff, famous for playing Frankenstein’s monster in films such as Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Son of Frankenstein (1938), this vintage 1966 televised special is a faithful re-telling of how the Grinch hatches a plan to steal Christmas so he could enjoy the peace and quiet.

Every year the residents of Whoville go about their Christmas celebrations in their usual cheerful manner; decorating, singing, dancing and generally having a good time. Above them, in a cave, up in the mountains, lives the Grinch who is terribly bothered by all this cheer. It’s Christmas Eve and as he looks down below he is not happy and he share his though with his dog Max.

And they’re hanging their stockings!” he snarled with a sneer,
“Tomorrow is Christmas! It’s practically here!”
Then he growled, with his Grinch fingers nervously drumming,
“I MUST find some way to stop Christmas from coming!”

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

What bothers him about Christmas is the noise little boys and girls make on Christmas morning when they wake and open their presents. But worst of all is that later on in the day comes all the singing and humming! The Grinch hatches a plan to keep Christmas from coming! Disguised as Santa and accompanied by Max dressed as a reindeer, he sneaks in to every house and steals everything from presents, food, Christmas trees and bells.

Then he slunk to the icebox. He took the Whos’ feast!
He took the Who-pudding! He took the roast beast!
He cleaned out that icebox as quick as a flash.
Why, that Grinch even took their last can of Who-hash!
Then he stuffed all the food up the chimney with glee.
“And NOW!” grinned the Grinch, “I will stuff up the tree!”

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

But as he’s about to leave, he’s caught green-handed. A little girl spots him sneaking off with the tree and asks “Santy Claus, why, why are you taking our Christmas tree? WHY?” being quick on his feet, he comes up with a lie for Cindy-Lou, telling her he’s going to fix one of the lights. Of course she believes him, he’s Santy Claus after all, why would he lie?

After he’s made the rounds through the entire town, he’s quite proud of himself and can’t wait to hear them crying. This year there’ll be no singing and no dancing.

And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low. Then it started to grow.
But the sound wasn’t sad! Why, this sound sounded merry!
It couldn’t be so! But it WAS merry! VERY!
He stared down at Whoville! The Grinch popped his eyes!
Then he shook! What he saw was a shocking surprise!
Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all!

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Shocked at what he’s seeing, but eventually the Grinch comes to understand what Christmas is really about. Not trees, turkeys, presents and toys.

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

With its lurid colours and whimsical score,
How The Grinch Stole Christmas is something I’ve watched many times before.

It never gets old, it never gets tired.
Whoever came up with the recent remake should really be fired.
It makes me laugh and it makes smile,
It makes me remember being a child.

Anyone who tries to steal my Christmas,
Is either plain daft or simply malicious!
Oh and Mr Grinch, please treat Max better
Or else I shall be writing the RSPCA a letter!

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Patrick Samuel

Patrick Samuel

The founder of Static Mass Emporium and one of its Editors in Chief is an emerging artist with a philosophy degree, working primarily with pastels and graphite pencils, but he also enjoys experimenting with water colours, acrylics, glass and oil paints.

Being on the autistic spectrum with Asperger’s Syndrome, he is stimulated by bold, contrasting colours, intricate details, multiple textures, and varying shades of light and dark. Patrick's work extends to sound and video, and when not drawing or painting, he can be found working on projects he shares online with his followers.

Patrick returned to drawing and painting after a prolonged break in December 2016 as part of his daily art therapy, and is now making the transition to being a full-time artist. As a spokesperson for autism awareness, he also gives talks and presentations on the benefits of creative therapy.

Static Mass is where he lives his passion for film and writing about it. A fan of film classics, documentaries and science fiction, Patrick prefers films with an impeccable way of storytelling that reflect on the human condition.

Patrick Samuel ¦ Asperger Artist

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