Updated On: February 25, 2024 by   Nour Hany   Nour Hany  

Whoville and The Grinch

Whoville and The Grinch: Movie Review and the #1 Guide on How He Stole Christmas!

For generations, the Grinch has been a Christmas icon for families and individuals worldwide. The character was first introduced in Doctor Seuss’ illustrated poem, The Hoobub and the Grinch, in 1955. Years later, in 1957, doctor Seuss started working on a children’s book called How the Grinch Stole Christmas, where the Grinch is its main […]

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For generations, the Grinch has been a Christmas icon for families and individuals worldwide. The character was first introduced in Doctor Seuss’ illustrated poem, The Hoobub and the Grinch, in 1955. Years later, in 1957, doctor Seuss started working on a children’s book called How the Grinch Stole Christmas, where the Grinch is its main character. From there, the book achieved huge success, which led to multiple adaptations of the character in TV and cinema. So, who is the Grinch?

The Grinch: Who is He?

In a town called Whoville, where the Whos live, lives a green yeti who despises Christmas and wants to ruin it for the Whos. They call him The Grinch. Why does he hate Christmas? No one really knows. However, there are a number of theories revolving around that timeless question, so let us view some of those.

The Grinch lives with his dog, Max, on the top of a mountain on a cold cliff called Mount Crumpit, which is right above Whoville. While all the Whos were constantly happy, the Grinch never found his way to happiness; he never felt as if he belonged to Whoville, although he lived there as a child. His different look, his green colour, and his different behaviour all made him feel like a misfit, an alienated creature who just did not know where or how to belong.

Why Does He Hate Christmas?

Now, one of the possible reasons for the Grinch’s hatred for Christmas is that his heart was two sizes too small! This one actually makes sense, as it will not only give him emotional issues, but it will also cause physical ones. His small heart is a symbol of his inability to love and care. It explains why he is keen on ruining Christmas, which is a symbol of happiness for the Whos.

However, we do not know why he had a small heart in the first place. Is it because he never received love as a child? Is it because he was bullied for how he looked, which generated hatred and caused his heart to be smaller than everyone else? Could be.

Another theory suggests that his anger and hatred are because his shoes were too tight. Tight shoes are painful, and when someone is in pain, they become aggressive and angry all the time; that is why it is among the possible reasons for the Grinch’s hatred for Christmas. But wait a minute! Do tight shoes make you hate Christmas? Or is it something else deep down that causes that?

Baby Grinch and Whoville

After a thorough analysis of the Grinch’s behaviour, psychologists found that the reason behind his acts goes way back to his childhood. He never mentions his parents or his friends; he never talks about one time in his life when he was happy. So maybe this is because he never was. Maybe he was never hugged, taken care of, or told that he was loved. Maybe his green hairy skin put him in trouble with the other kids, which led him to escape and become an angry loner.

The Grinch’s hatred for Christmas is a reflection of the hatred he carries for himself. He believes that he is not worthy of love; he never tried to love himself because he sees himself with the eyes of others. He thinks no one will ever love him, so he chooses to live in anger and seek revenge for his miserable life. We can clearly see that he is angry all the time, not only during Christmas time, which proves that it is not about Christmas; it is about him.

However, in the end, when he dresses up as Santa Claus and breaks into the houses of the Whos to steel their Christmas presents in an attempt to ruin Christmas for them, he wakes up the next morning to the sound of their singing, realising that Christmas is not about gifts. Christmas is so much more than that. He then smiles, and his heart gets three times bigger.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

In this holiday cartoon special, Dr Seuss’ poem comes to life for the first time as a TV cartoon movie! The movie became available on 18 December 1966 on CBS Network. Although in the poem, the Grinch was black and white, he was given the green colour in the movie, which added more to the character. In this short musical special, Boris Karloff narrates How the Grinch Stole Christmas, making it a holiday special for families and generations that followed. Now, let us view some of the lines that were mentioned in the movie.

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

The Narrator describes the Grinch’s thoughts about Christmas.

And what happened then? Well, in Whoville, they say, that the Grinch’s little heart grew three sizes that day.

When The Grinch figured out that there is more to Christmas than just gifts, His heart grew three sizes, and he finally became happy.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

The 1966 adaptation of the poem is not the only attempt to bring the Grinch to life. In the 2000 live-action movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jim Carry, again, surprises the whole world with his remarkable performance of the character. However, there are many differences between the 1966 and the 2000 versions of the story. The 1966 version is a narrative of Dr Seuss’ children’s tale, which is completely appropriate for children and is considered a holiday family special.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas Cast

The movie stars Jim Carry in the titular role with an incredible performance, as usual. For the role of Cindy Lou Who, Taylor Momsen was seven when she starred in the movie. Momsen is currently a singer, model, and songwriter. Momsen also acted in a number of movies and TV shows, including Gossip Girls, Hansel and Gretel, Under Dog, and Spy School. Christine Baranski played Martha May Who, Jeffery Tambor played Mayor Augustus, and Josh Rayan Evans played baby Grinch!

The Plot

In the 2000 movie, we find lines from the poem we all love, combined with independent lines for The Grinch, we find a plot and history for the character’s anger and hatred, and we also find scenes that some viewers consider inappropriate for children. However, the movie did us a huge favour by telling us the whole story of the Grinch and why he came to hate Christmas!

One day, the town of Whoville had an unexpected visitor. A green baby. An adorable green baby that no one knows where he came from. He was adopted by two Whos, Clamela and Rose Who, and was raised as a normal Who child. However, his green hairy skin did not do a great job of making him normal! At school, he was shy, and he sat by himself, but not when it came to Martha May.

Martha was the prettiest girl in the school, and he had a crush on her; she was so nice and kind, and she empathised with him. However, Augustus Who, the school’s bully, also had a crush on Martha May, which made him make fun of the young Grinch for having a beard and led him to cut his face while shaving. Everyone laughed at the Grinch except Martha May, who felt bad for what happened to him.

As a result of his public humiliation, the Grinch flees Whoville and goes to live on a mountaintop. He made it very clear that he hated Christmas since that awful bullying day, and he never wanted to celebrate that holiday season ever again. Years later, however, a little girl called Cindy Lou Who stumbled upon the Grinch in the post office and l then learned about what happened to him. She empathised with him and came up with a plan to get him to celebrate Christmas with the Whos again, as she believed that all people, regardless of their looks, deserve to celebrate Christmas and be happy.

She nominated him to become Whoville’s Holiday Cheemeister. Of course, Augustus Who, who is now the town’s mayor, was not pleased with the whole thing, but Cindy Lou did not care, and she went all the way up to Mount Crumpit to tell the Grinch. Eventually, the Grinch accepted Cindy Lou’s invitation and came down to celebrate with the Whos.

It was all good until Augustus Who offered him an electric razor as a Christmas gift! Not only that, but Augustus also proposed to Martha May in public, offering her a very expensive ring which made the Grinch angrier, and led him to despise their material life even more. And from there, the Grinch made it his life purpose to ruin Christmas for the Whos.

The Grinch (2018)

In this 2018 animated adaptation of Dr Seuss’ tale, Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the Grinch in the same plot frame with slight differences. Here, the Grinch still despises Christmas and hates all Christmas-related vibes. When he hears the Whos singing, he gets disturbing flashbacks of him as a child, sitting alone in an orphanage. These painful memories fill his small heart with anger and hatred, and he takes it upon his shoulders to ruin Christmas for the whole town down there.

Again, little Cindy Lou Who, is the one who softens the Grinch’s heart and makes him feel loved and wanted. She helps him see his worth, the true meaning of Christmas and how it does not have anything to do with material gifts. In this version of the tale, Cindy Lou wants to help her hardworking mother who supports her and her two twin-baby brothers. That is why, as her Christmas wish, she did not ask for a new doll or a puppy like any other six-year-old.

Instead, she decided to write Santa a letter to ask him to help her mother. However, when the Grinch meets her while shopping in Whoville, he sarcastically plants an idea in her head that she should tell Santa her wish face to face. Cindy Lou, innocent as she is, believes the Grinch and decides to go to the North Pole to meet Santa. When her mother convinced her that it was too far away from home, she decided to trap Santa with the help of her friends.

From there, the story takes the turn of the other adaptations and shows how the Grinch tried to ruin Christmas for Whoville with his dog, Max. However, in the end, we see the Grinch having dinner with Cindy Lou and her family, he finally feels happy and accepted, and he now understands that it was Christmas he hated; it was the way he was treated. Below are some of the quotes mentioned in this movie.

The Quotes

The Grinch acknowledges Cindy’s effect on his life.
“Your daughter’s kindness changed my life.” -The Grinch
“That’s my little girl.” -Donna Who

The Grinch realises the real reason behind his hatred for Christmas.
“I’ve spent my entire life hating Christmas and everything about it. But now I see that it wasn’t Christmas I hated; it was being alone. But I’m not alone anymore. And I have all of you to thank for it.” -The Grinch

Now that all of their hearts are tripled in size, let us know who is your favourite Grinch. The story is educational and emotional and definitely leaves you with so many life lessons.

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