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From DIY Grinch crafts to Christmas tree ornaments and home decorations, these Grinch Christmas decor ideas will give you lots of inspiration for a fun and festive holiday season.

Grinch Christmas decor ideas

It seems like lots of people are obsessed with the Grinch these days.

And I’m one of them! It’s my new favorite holiday decor!

So I decided to do my whole office in Grinch-themed Christmas decorations.

It’s not quite Whoville, but I love it!

So today I’m sharing what I did, plus some of the other awesome Grinch decorations I found.

(And I may have let my obsession get the best of me and expanded the Grinchiness out into the yard).

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Grinch-inspired Christmas tree

With lots of cute ornaments, Christmas picks and an easy Grinch tree topper, a whimsical Grinch Christmas tree is a fun and festive way to get into the holiday spirit.

2 | Printable Grinch Christmas ornaments

DIY printable Grinch ornaments

These DIY Grinch Christmas ornaments are inexpensive and super simple to make with free printable patterns. Then you glue them onto simple wooden discs and you’re done!

4 | More Grinch ornaments

Of course, if you don’t want to make your own ornaments, there are lots of Grinch-inspired options you can buy.

Here are some of the ones I used on my tree (click the picture to find out where to buy them).

5 | DIY Grinch garland

Grinch garland over a mantel

This DIY Grinch garland is a fun and festive addition to your Christmas decor that only takes a few minutes to put together.

6 | Red, white and green Christmas trees

red, white and green mini Christmas trees on a fireplace mantel underneath a Grinch wreath

If making a garland sounds like too much work, then putting some red, white and green mini Christmas trees on your mantel may be just the thing.

You get the Christmas-y Grinch look and it only takes a couple of minutes to set up.

Just try to get a few different heights to make them look more natural.

You can find similar trees to the ones I used here:

8 | DIY Grinch wreath

DIY Grinch wreath

If you don’t have a TV above your fireplace, then a wreath is a great way to add some festive spirit to the space.

This DIY Grinch wreath only takes about 15 minutes to make but looks very Christmas-y hanging above the fireplace. (It also works on the front door if it is covered).

9 | Red and white stockings

red and white stockings hung on a mantel with a Grinch garland

Of course, if you’re going to be putting up a Grinch tree and decorating the mantel, then you’ll probably want some matching stockings to hang above the fireplace.

I hung up some red and white ones. They aren’t specific to the Grinch but the pom poms have the same vibe and they go with the color scheme.

You can find these and other similar options that aren’t very expensive on Amazon:

11 | Grinch cushion covers

If you’re looking to integrate How the Grinch Stole Christmas into your home decor, then you’re in luck.

There are all kinds of cushions and cushion covers that are inexpensive and will add a festive feel to your house.

If you’re buying them online, pay attention to the descriptions.

Some of products will include the pillow and some will only be the covers.

If it’s the latter, you’ll need to provide the cushion inserts. But the covers are usually less expensive. So they will save you money over time, since you can re-use the inserts with different covers for all the seasons.

Here are some of my favorites:

12 | Grinch pictures

printable Grinch pictures on either side of a wreath above the fireplace

To really get into the festive spirit, hang some Grinch-inspired pictures for the holidays.

I made these easy printable silhouette pictures of Cindy Lou Who, Max the dog, the Grinch and a Whoville Christmas tree.

Stapling up some red and white striped wrapping paper behind them really made them stand out.

But you can also buy inexpensive prints and frame them however you want.

13 | Table Linens

Grinch-inspired decor is also available for your holiday table.

You can get runners and tablecloths that are obviously related to the Dr. Seuss story with the Grinch face on them. Or that say “Merry Grinchmas”.

Or go for a subtler approach by choosing table linens in lime green, red and white that match the color scheme, without actually having the Grinch on them.

Here are some options:

14 | Tea Towels

Why stop in the dining room when you can have the Grinch in your kitchen?

Like table linens, you can find Grinch-specific tea towels or just replicate the color scheme.

These are some of my favorites:

15 | Grinch kitchen mat

Adding a mat on the floor in front of the sink is another easy way to add some Grinch decorations to your home.

I actually used one that is intended to be a front door mat.

It has a rubber back so it won’t slide and it’s really easy to clean. So you don’t have to worry about spills.

They are available in lots of different Grinch designs so you can choose the one you like. Here are some options:

16 | Grinch Outdoor Decorations

grinch stealing lights outdoor decor

The Grinch decor doesn’t have to stop inside the house. There are all kinds of options for your front yard, too!

The Grinch stealing lights is always a popular option. I combined him with green string lights on the bushes and red flood lights.

But there are lots of other ways to add the Grinch to your outdoor display.

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Have comments or questions about our Grinch Christmas decor ideas? Tell us in the section below.

It's hard to steal the spotlight from Santa — unless you're the Grinch, a greener and much meaner version of Claus. With Grinch theme party supplies, we've taken a page from Dr. Seuss for a modern twist on the classic tale. The Grinch would agree: these "awfully wonderful" decorations and party supplies are just what you need to hatch up a holiday party with green at its core.

Grinch-themed props: As with any decorating motif, presentation is key. Make a reference to holiday scheming with a life-size Grinch cardboard cutout peeking from the fireplace, a reference to the Grinch's attempt to put an end to Christmas any way he can.

Green is the theme: It's all about the shade of green in your Christmas Grinch decorations. Sprinkle prominent accents of green throughout your decor — the same shade green as your favorite grump. Balloons offer a cheap and easy way to accomplish the task. Or if you're feeling a surge of energy as your heart grows three sizes, make a Grinch-green holiday balloon wreath. All it takes is a balloon decorating strip, a package of lime green latex balloons, and a good pair of lungs.

O Christmas tree, Whoville style: Grinch decorations wouldn't be complete without a nod to Whoville, whose Christmas trees droop, bend, and come to an odd Seussian point. You can recreate this look by attaching evergreen branches to a slender conifer, then shaping those branches downward into the characteristic Whoville curve. An oversized star tree topper is the finishing touch to make this Christmas tree worthy of Seuss. 

Here's a tip for the tree trimming: space your large ornaments evenly. In the open areas around the tree, place medium and smaller decorations, just the way Cindy Lou would decorate.

Make your Grinch party a mean one: Who says that a green grouch can't enjoy himself over the holidays? A Grinch-themed cookie party has all the makings of a merry Christmas: sugar, icing, sprinkles, and of course, time spent together. Pre-cut and pre-baked cookies shaped like the Grinch will keep your cookie decorating on point. 

Our Grinch decorations and party supplies are now ready for all your holiday scheming. The Grinch himself would be so proud. His heart might even grow another two sizes.

2018 film by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier
This article is about the 2018 3D computer-animated film. For the 2000 live-action film known as "The Grinch" in the UK, see How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000 film).
The Grinch, final poster.jpgThe Grinch
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
  • Scott Mosier
  • Yarrow Cheney
Screenplay by
  • Michael LeSieur
  • Tommy Swerdlow
Based onHow the Grinch Stole Christmas!
by Dr. SeussProduced by
  • Chris Meledandri
  • Janet Healy
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Rashida Jones
  • Kenan Thompson
  • Angela Lansbury
  • Pharrell Williams
Edited byChris CartagenaMusic byDanny Elfman[1]
  • Universal Pictures[2]
  • Illumination[2]
Distributed byUniversal Pictures[2]
Release dates
  • October 22, 2018 (2018-10-22) (Regency Village Theater)
  • November 9, 2018 (2018-11-09) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes[3]CountryUnited StatesLanguageEnglishBudget million[3]Box office1.8 million[3]

The Grinch (also known as Dr. Seuss' The Grinch) is a 2018 American computer-animated Christmas fantasy comedy film produced by Illumination and distributed by Universal Pictures. Based on the 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss, it is the third screen adaptation of the story, following the 1966 television special starring Boris Karloff and the 2000 live-action feature-length film starring Jim Carrey. It marks Illumination's second Dr. Seuss film adaptation, following The Lorax (2012). Directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier (in his directorial debut), written by Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow, the film stars the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury, and Pharrell Williams who serves as the narrator. The plot follows the Grinch and his pet dog Max as they plan to ruin Whoville's Christmas celebration by stealing all the town's decorations and gifts.

The Grinch was released and distributed by Universal Pictures in the United States on November 9, 2018, in RealD 3D, IMAX, IMAX 3D, Dolby Cinema, and 4DX theaters. It grossed over 1 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing Christmas film of all time, as well as the highest-grossing Dr. Seuss film adaptation. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the animation and the vocal performances, but felt the film added a few or nothing new to the source material.[4] This was the final Dr. Seuss film adaptation released during the lifetime of Seuss' widow Audrey Geisel, who served as executive producer of the film and died on December 19, 2018, five weeks after the film's release.[5]


In the town of Whoville, the human-like people called Whos are filled with excitement about celebrating Christmas. However, the only one who is not amused is the cantankerous and green-furred Grinch, born with a heart being "two sizes too small". He lives in his cave with his dog, Max, and only goes into Whoville to buy groceries and play pranks on the citizens.

Meanwhile, 6-year-old Cindy Lou Who notices that her mother Donna is overworked trying to take care of herself and her twin infant brothers, Buster and Bean. Cindy initially decides to send a letter to Santa Claus to help her mother, but after an encounter with the Grinch —who sarcastically tells her that, if the matter is so urgent, she'll have to talk to Santa face-to-face about it— she decides to go to the North Pole to talk to Santa himself. When Donna tells her that a round trip to the North Pole would take a month, she instead decides to try trapping Santa with the help of her friends.

With Christmas approaching, a bungled attempt by the Grinch to ruin a tree-lighting ceremony results in him having a flashback about his disjointed childhood spent alone and unwanted in an orphanage. The Grinch soon decides that he will steal Christmas from Whoville to assuage his distress. He and Max acquire a fat reindeer, whom the Grinch calls Fred, and steal a sleigh from his friendly neighbor Bricklebaum. After a test run, the Grinch and Max discover that Fred has a family, and the Grinch emotionally agrees to let Fred go home with them.

On Christmas Eve, after making a Santa disguise and crafting dozens of gadgets to help him with his plan, the Grinch and Max, who pulls the sleigh in Fred's place, go down to Whoville to steal the decorations and presents. He soon encounters Cindy Lou after falling into her trap. Her request to help lighten her mother's workload and her kind advice about listening to the Whos' singing to alleviate his sadness touches the Grinch's heart. Despite this, the Grinch continues his mission, unable to let go of the loneliness Christmas brought him.

After stealing every Christmas present and decoration, the Grinch and Max head back to Mount Crumpit to dispose of them. The Whos wake up and are shocked and disappointed to see that the presents and decorations are gone. Cindy Lou believes that she's to blame because of her trap, but Donna tells her that Christmas is not centered on presents and that Cindy's the best thing that ever happened to her. The Whos join together to sing "Welcome Christmas", rendering the Grinch puzzled to see that they are celebrating Christmas despite his thefts. Seeing Cindy and remembering her advice, he immerses himself in their singing, causing his shrunken heart to blissfully triple in size.

Afterwards, the sleigh begins to fall off Mount Crumpit, and the Grinch attempts to save it. He succeeds at this when Fred and his family come to his aid. After securing the sleigh, the Grinch and Max slide down back to Whoville in order to return the stolen items, and the remorseful Grinch admits his crimes and apologizes to the Whos before returning to his cave.

Feeling sorry for the Grinch, Cindy later invites him and Max to celebrate Christmas at her house which he awkwardly attends. When seated for dinner, he realizes that it wasn't really Christmas he despised, but being alone and his bitterness over being neglected. With this, the Grinch finally accepts the Whos' friendship and enjoys Christmas with them giving a toast "To kindness and love, the things we need most."

Voice cast

  • Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch, a resentful, disgruntled, cave-dwelling, green-furred creature who hates Christmas
  • Cameron Seely as Cindy Lou Who, a kind-hearted young resident of Whoville
  • Rashida Jones as Donna Who, Cindy Lou's overworked single mother
  • Kenan Thompson as Bricklebaum, a jolly citizen of Whoville who lives near The Grinch
  • Angela Lansbury as Mayor McGerkle, the Mayor of Whoville
  • Pharrell Williams as the Narrator
  • Tristan O'Hare as Groopert, Cindy Lou's best friend
  • Sam Lavagnino as Ozzy, one of Cindy Lou's friends
  • Ramone Hamilton as Axl, one of Cindy Lou's friends
  • Scarlett Estevez as Izzy, one of Cindy Lou's friends whose mouth is mostly wrapped up in a scarf
  • Michael Beattie as a store clerk

Georgia Toffolo provided the voice of Mrs. Toffee Apple (a customer who was trying to reach a jar of "Christmas chutney") in one scene in some releases. In addition, Bill Farmer voices Sam the bus driver; and Lori Alan, Carlos Alazraqui, Doug Birch, Catherine Cavadini, Tucker Chandler, Townsend Coleman, Meilee Condron, Abby Craden, John DeMita, Aaron Fors, Willow Geer, Jess Harnell, Barbara Harris, Carter Hastings, John Kassir, Evan Kishyama, Danny Mann, Jeremy Maxwell, Scott Mosier, Laraine Newman, Dashiell Priestly, Alex Puccinelli, Emma Elizabeth Shannon, Joel Swetow, Mindy Sterling, Tara Strong, Regina Taufen, and Jim Ward all perform additional voices.

A recording of Pentatonix' "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen" was used for the Who-Carolers that stalk the Grinch.



In February 2013, it was announced that Illumination was developing a 3D animated feature film based on the Dr. Seuss book, with the working title How the Grinch Stole Christmas, later shortened to The Grinch.[6] Peter Candeland and Yarrow Cheney were set to direct,[7] though in 2018 producer Scott Mosier took over from Candeland.[8]


Benedict Cumberbatch was cast as the titular character in April 2016.[7] Illumination originally wanted Cumberbatch to voice the Grinch in his natural accent, however, Cumberbatch felt that since the rest of the cast is American, the Grinch himself should have an American accent.[9] By September 2018, Angela Lansbury had been set to voice the Mayor of Whoville. Rashida Jones, Cameron Seely, and Kenan Thompson also joined the cast, while Pharrell Williams, who had previously worked on Illumination's Despicable Me films,[10] was revealed to be narrating the film.[11]


The animation was created by Illumination Mac Guff in Paris, France.[12] Several software programs were used in creating the film's CGI characters including Maya, ZBrush, and Nuke as well as in-house software.[13] A 3D CGI model of the town of Whoville through which a virtual camera could travel was crafted using Maya, ZBrush, Foundry’s Mari, and Allegorithmic’s Substance Painter.[13]


Main article: Music Inspired by Illumination & Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch: Original Motion Picture SoundtrackSoundtrack album by
various artists
ReleasedNovember 9, 2018GenreChristmasLength37:00LabelColumbia RecordsSingles from Dr. Seuss' The Grinch: Original Motion Picture Score
  1. "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"
    Released: October 24, 2018
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch: Original Motion Picture ScoreFilm score by
Danny Elfman
ReleasedNovember 9, 2018GenreFilm scoreLength48:00LabelBack Lot MusicDanny Elfman chronology
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch: Original Motion Picture Score

Tyler, the Creator wrote a new song for the film titled "I Am the Grinch".[11] Tyler and Danny Elfman, who composed the film's score, collaborated on a new version of the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" for the film, which was featured in the final trailer,[11] and early on in the film itself.

On November 20, 2017, Danny Elfman was revealed to be composing the film's score.[1] Elfman's score was released on digital formats on November 9, 2018, along with the soundtrack (both digitally and on CD) and the film.[14]



The film was originally scheduled to be released on November 10, 2017,[15] but on June 7, 2016, it was pushed back to November 9, 2018.[16]


Beginning in October, various billboards appeared for the film, each featuring an image of the Grinch, accompanied by a mean or ironic message.[17] Universal and Illumination partnered with several companies to promote the film, including Wonderful Pistachios, Ebates, IHOP and 23andme for about million worth of advertising.[18] All-in-all the studio spent an estimated 1 million promoting the film worldwide.[19] To promote the film, a giant inflatable balloon featuring the titular character first appeared at the 91st Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on November 23, 2017, 1 year ahead of its release.[20] Later in December 2018, The Grinch and Max also made cameos in that year's WNBC/WNJU holiday sing along promo.[21]

Home media

The film was released on Digital HD on January 22, 2019, and on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on February 5, 2019. It includes three mini-movies: Yellow is the New Black (which preceded the film in its theatrical run), The Dog Days of Winter, and Santa's Little Helpers.[22]The Dog Days of Winter was first shown on NBC on November 23, 2018, after How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) and before Trolls Holiday.


The film made its broadcast television premiere on FX on December 12, 2020, premiered on Disney Channel on December 13, 2020, and premiered on Freeform on December 18, 2020. The film was aired on NBC December 22, 2021.


Box office

The Grinch grossed 0.8 million in the United States and Canada, and 1 million in other countries, for a total worldwide gross of 1.8 million, against a production budget of million.[3]Deadline Hollywood calculated its net profit to be 4.6 million, making it the ninth most-profitable release of 2018.[19] It is Universal's second biggest hit of 2018 behind Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

In the United States and Canada, The Grinch was released alongside The Girl in the Spider's Web and Overlord, and was projected to gross –65 million from 4,140 theaters in its opening weekend.[23][24] It made .7 million on its first day, including .2 million from Thursday night previews, more than the

.7 million taken in by Illumination's Sing in 2016. It went on to debut to .6 million, finishing first at the box office and topping the 2000 film's million opening.[25][26] In its second weekend the film made .2 million, finishing second behind newcomer Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.[27] In its third weekend the film made .2 million (including million over the five-day Thanksgiving period), finishing fourth.[28] In its fourth and fifth weekends, the film finished second behind Ralph Breaks the Internet, grossing .9 million and .0 million, respectively. It marked the first-ever time animated films were the top two films at the box office in back-to-back weekends.[29]

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 59% based on 193 reviews and an average rating of 6/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Grinch gives the classic Seuss source material a brightly animated update that's solidly suitable for younger viewers without adding substantially to the story's legacy."[30] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 51 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[31] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it an 83% positive score and a 75% "definite recommend".[25]

Alonso Duralde of TheWrap gave the film a positive review, calling it "full of warmth and wit" and writing, "Purists may balk about revisiting this tale, but The Grinch earns its laughter and its sentiment, both of which are plentiful. It's a full-throated Fah-Who-Foraze."[32]Owen Gleiberman of Variety compared the film favorably to the 2000 live-action version, writing, "For anyone who grew up with How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Grinch won’t replace it, yet it's nimble and affectionate in a way that can hook today's children, and more than a few adults, by conjuring a feeling that comes close enough. By the end, your own heart will swell, though maybe just one or two sizes."[33]

Glenn Kenny of The New York Times wrote, "Said dog, Max is the most charming character in this version, directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney. The filmmakers keep the visuals merry and popping bright. Benedict Cumberbatch, voicing the Grinch, opts not to compete with Karloff at all, which is smart and speaks in an American accent, sounding rather like Bill Hader, which is confusing. A tepid hip-hop song about the Grinch plays over the end credits. It’s by Tyler, the Creator, who only a few years ago was considered one of the saltiest (to put it mildly) voices in music. Here, his contribution is as toothless as the rest of the movie."[34] Molly Freeman of Screen Rant gave the film a 3 out of 5 stars, saying "The Grinch may not be a necessary holiday movie, but fans of Dr. Seuss's story or holiday films, in general, will find plenty to like in this new animated retelling. Plus, with a variety of family-friendly jokes, The Grinch will no doubt entertain viewers young and old, though the 90-minute runtime does stretch thin in the third act of the movie. It's perhaps not worth seeing in IMAX, but The Grinch does provide some rich visuals that will also capture the eye of all moviegoers. The Grinch is holiday fun for the whole family, adapting a classic story with a new twist that makes for an altogether compelling moviegoing experience."[35]

Sandie Angulo Chen of Common Sense Media gave the film 3/5 and stated, "This adaptation is bright, colorful, and occasionally funny, but it doesn't come close to matching the effectiveness of the short-and-sweet original."[36] Amy West of Empire gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, writing "Despite its story-telling ambition being two sizes too small (much like its hairy protagonist’s heart), The Grinch is impossibly cute, visually rich and boasts enough festive fun to satisfy young viewers."[37]


Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
2019 Annie Awards Music in an Animated Feature Production Danny Elfman and Tyler, The Creator Nominated [38]
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production Habib Louati
Editorial in an Animated Feature Production Chris Cartagena
Art Directors Guild Production Design in an Animated Feature Colin Stimpson [39]
Critics' Choice Awards Best Animated Film Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney Nominated [40]
Producers Guild of America Award Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Picture Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy Nominated [41]
Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Pierre Leduc, Janet Healy, Bruno Chauffard, Milo Riccarand Nominated [42]
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature David Galante, Francois Boudaille, Olivier Luffin, Yarrow Cheney for The Grinch Nominated
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Loic Rastout, Ludovic Ramiere, Henri Deruer, Nicolas Brack for Whoville Nominated
Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Eric Carme, Nicolas Brice, Milo Riccarand for Snow, Clouds and Smoke Nominated
Movieguide Awards Best Movies for Families The Grinch Won [44]
Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Animated Movie Nominated [45]
Favorite Male Voice from an Animated Movie Benedict Cumberbatch Nominated

See also

  • List of Christmas films


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2000 fantasy comedy film by Ron Howard
How the Grinch Stole Christmas film poster.jpgHow the Grinch Stole Christmas
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRon HowardWritten byJeffrey Price
Peter S. SeamanBased onHow the Grinch Stole Christmas!
by Dr. SeussProduced by
  • Brian Grazer
  • Ron Howard
  • Jim Carrey
  • Jeffrey Tambor
  • Christine Baranski
  • Bill Irwin
  • Molly Shannon
Narrated byAnthony HopkinsCinematographyDon PetermanEdited by
  • Dan Hanley
  • Mike Hill
Music byJames Horner
Imagine Entertainment
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • November 8, 2000 (2000-11-08) (Los Angeles)
  • November 17, 2000 (2000-11-17) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes[1]
CountryUnited StatesLanguageEnglishBudget3 million[2]Box office5.1 million[2]

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (also known as Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas or simply The Grinch) is a 2000 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film co-produced and directed by Ron Howard and written by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman. Based on Dr. Seuss's 1957 book of the same name, it was the first Dr. Seuss book to be adapted into a full-length feature film. The film is narrated by Anthony Hopkins and stars Jim Carrey as the eponymous character, with Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin and Molly Shannon in supporting roles.

Produced by Imagine Entertainment, How the Grinch Stole Christmas was released by Universal Pictures in the United States on November 17, 2000. The film earned mixed reviews from critics, who praised its music score, visuals, and Jim Carrey's performance, but criticized the deviations and additions to the source material, innuendos, and writing. Despite this, the film was a box-office success and spent four weeks as the #1 film in the United States. It grossed 5 million worldwide and was the sixth-highest grossing film of 2000. It originally became the second highest-grossing holiday film of all-time behind Home Alone (1990), until both films were surpassed in 2018 by the third film adaptation of the story.[2][3] It won the Academy Award for Best Makeup as well as getting nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.


All the Whos of Whoville enjoy celebrating Christmas. The Grinch, a misanthropic green creature who lives in a cave on nearby Mount Crumpit, hates the holiday, and the Whos dislike him because of his mean-spiritedness, especially during the holiday season. Six-year-old Cindy Lou Who believes that everyone is focusing on the gifts and festivities instead on the personal relationships. She encounters the Grinch at the post office, where he saves her life. Cindy starts researching the Grinch and later discovers he has a tragic past.

The Grinch arrived in Whoville as a baby and was adopted by two elderly sisters. He was a timid child and not as cruel as he would later become. In school, the Grinch had a crush on Martha May Whovier, a beautiful girl in his class who reciprocated his feelings. Bully Augustus MayWho, however, was jealous that Martha liked the Grinch more than him and started bullying him. That Christmas, he made a Christmas angel as a gift for Martha, but accidentally cut his face while trying to shave due to MayWho claiming he had a beard. When MayWho and his classmates saw his cut face the next day, they (except Martha), including his teacher, teased him, causing him to lose his temper, declare his hatred for Christmas, and flee to Mount Crumpit, where he has resided since.

Cindy nominates the Grinch to be the town's "Holiday Cheermeister", outraging MayWho, now the mayor of Whoville. Cindy climbs to Mount Crumpit to invite the Grinch to the celebration and he eventually accepts, realizing that Martha may be there and he could finally upset MayWho. As Cheermeister, the Grinch participates in several events and begins to have fun, but MayWho ruins everything by giving him an electric razor as a present, reminding him of his childhood humiliation which started his hatred of the holiday season. MayWho then publicly proposes marriage to Martha, giving her a gaudy engagement ring and a new car. Enraged, the Grinch berates the Whos for their materialism by telling them that Christmas is only about gifts that they will ultimately end up throwing in the garbage, which is dumped on Mount Crumpit near his home. He shaves Maywho’s head, burns down the tree with a makeshift flamethrower (the Whos, however, have a spare) and goes on a rampage before returning home.

Finally fed up with the Whos' Christmas, the Grinch vows to crush the Whos' Christmas spirit by stealing all of their presents, decorations and food while they are asleep. He disguises himself as Santa Claus and dresses his pet dog Max as a reindeer, then descends into Whoville. The first house he enters is Cindy's, and when she catches him stealing their tree, he lies to her in order to allow him to escape. The Grinch continues stealing all of the gifts, decorations and food and stuffing them all in a large sack, before climbing back to the top of Mount Crumpit to destroy it all by pushing the sack off the side. Upon awakening on Christmas morning, the Whos are horrified to discover the theft and Mayor MayWho blames Cindy for enabling the Grinch to ruin the holidays for the town. However, her cheerful father, town postmaster Lou Lou Who, comes to his daughter's defense by explaining to the mayor and all of the other Whos that he has finally figured out what Cindy has been trying to tell the whole town — Christmas is mainly about being together with family and friends, not just gifts and fancy decorations. The Whos agree with Lou and start singing Whoville's Christmas carol.

Before the Grinch can push the sack of stolen gifts off the top of Mount Crumpit, he hears the Whos singing and realizes that he has failed to prevent Christmas, but then has an epiphany and finally realizes the true meaning of Christmas, causing his heart to grow three sizes. The sleigh full of gifts then begins to slide over the edge of the cliff along with Cindy, who had come to spend Christmas with him. The Grinch gets the strength to lift the loaded sleigh and carry Cindy to safety, and they ride down the mountain to return everything.

The Grinch apologizes for his pranks and the burglary before surrendering himself to the police, who accept his apology and deny the mayor's request to arrest and pepper spray him. Martha even turns down MayWho's proposal and returns his engagement ring to him, declaring that her heart belongs to the Grinch. Afterwards, the reformed Grinch joins in the Whos' celebration feast and carves the roast beast himself in his cave.


  • Anthony Hopkins as the narrator.
  • Jim Carrey as the Grinch, a bad-tempered, devious and misanthropic green-furred creature who despises Christmas and the Whos of Whoville. This revealed it in his origin story that he started to hate Christmas after his school classmates mocked him for trying to shave his face. Before Carrey was cast to play the Grinch, Jack Nicholson,[4]Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks, Tim Curry and Eddie Murphy[5] were briefly considered.
    • Josh Ryan Evans as the 8-year-old Grinch; his humiliation at school by Augustus MayWho is what drives him into a hatred of Christmas. This was Evans' last film role before his death in 2002.[6]
  • Kelley as Max, the Grinch's pet dog and only companion on Mt. Crumpit.
    • Frank Welker performs the vocal effects for Max.
  • Christine Baranski as Martha May Whovier, the Grinch's love interest, as well as the romantic interest of Mayor Augustus MayWho.
    • Landry Allbright as 8-year-old Martha May Whovier who shows compassion towards the young Grinch.
  • Jeffrey Tambor as Mayor Augustus MayWho, Whoville's arrogant and judgmental mayor. He is revealed to be a school bully who picked on the young Grinch over his shaved face, which is what motivated the Grinch to hate Christmas in the first place.
    • Ben Bookbinder as 8-year-old Augustus MayWho; he tormented the young Grinch, which motivated the Grinch to hate Christmas.
  • Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who, a kind young Who girl who believes that the Christmas spirit in Whoville is lost and is one of the only people to see past the Grinch's nasty behavior. In the film, she is 6 years old whereas in the 1957 book and the 1966 TV special she is "no more than 2".
  • Bill Irwin as Lou Lou Who, the cheerful and slightly dimwitted postmaster of Whoville, as well as Cindy's father.
  • Molly Shannon as Betty Lou Who, Cindy's mother and Martha's rival in a house-lighting contest.
  • Clint Howard as Whobris, the mayor's sycophantic aide and servant.
    • Reid Kirchenbauer as 8-year-old Whobris.
  • Mindy Sterling as Clarnella Who, one of the Grinch's adoptive mothers in his childhood.
  • Rachel Winfree as Rose Who, one of the Grinch's adoptive mothers in his childhood.
  • Jeremy Howard as Drew Lou Who, one of the troublesome sons of Lou and Betty and brother of Cindy.
  • T. J. Thyne as Stu Lou Who, one of the troublesome sons of Lou and Betty and brother of Cindy.
  • Jim Meskimen as Officer Wholihan, the chief of police.
  • Mary Stein as Miss Rue Who, the Grinch's school teacher who later becomes Cindy's teacher.
  • Deep Roy as Post Office Clerk
  • Rance Howard as Elderly Timekeeper
  • Verne Troyer as Band Member
  • Bryce Dallas Howard as Surprised Who


Ron Howard is the film's director and producer.

Before his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss had refused offers to sell the film rights to his books. After his death, however, his widow Audrey Geisel agreed to several merchandising deals, including clothing lines, accessories and CDs.[7] In July 1998, Geisel's agents announced via letter she would auction the film rights of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In order to pitch their ideas to Geisel, the suitors ultimately had to be willing to pay million for the material and hand over 4 percent of the box-office gross, 50 percent of the merchandising revenue and music-related material, and 70 percent of the income from book tie-ins. The letter also stated that "any actor submitted for the Grinch must be of comparable stature to Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman." Additionally, it was stipulated that the estate would not consider a director or writer who had not earned at least

million on a previous picture.[4]

20th Century Fox pitched its version with director Tom Shadyac and producers Dave Phillips and John Davis in attendance, in which Nicholson was in mind to play the Grinch.[8] Additionally, the Farrelly brothers and John Hughes pitched their own separate versions.[9]Universal Pictures held its pitch presentation with Brian Grazer and Gary Ross in attendance, but Geisel refused each offer. Grazer then enlisted his producing partner Ron Howard to help with the negotiations. At the time, Howard was developing a film adaptation of The Sea-Wolf, and, despite being an avid fan of the animated special, did not express interest in Grinch but Grazer talked Howard into traveling to Geisel's residence for the pitch meeting.[10] While studying the book, Howard became interested in the character Cindy Lou Who and pitched a film in which she would have a larger role as well as a materialistic representation of the Whos and an expanded backstory of the Grinch.[4][11]

On September 16, 1998, it was announced that Howard would direct and co-produce a live-action adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey attached to star.[12] It was also reported that Universal Pictures, who had acquired the distribution rights, paid million for the film rights for an adaptation of Grinch and Oh, the Places You'll Go! to Geisel.[13] Before Howard signed on, Tim Burton was considered to direct but he turned it down due to a scheduling conflict with Sleepy Hollow.[14]Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman (of both Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Doc Hollywood fame) wrote the final screenplay following eight drafts, but Geisel also had veto power over the script. She objected to several jokes and sexual innuendos in the screenplay, including one about a family who did not have a Christmas tree or presents jokingly called the "Who-steins" and the placement of a stuffed trophy of the Cat in the Hat on the Grinch's wall.[15]Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer (who were also writers on the television series Seinfeld) did an uncredited rewrite of the script.[16]

The film was shot between September 1999 and January 2000. Geisel visited the set in October 1999. Much of the Whoville set was constructed on the backlot of Universal Studios behind the Bates Motel set from Psycho. Rick Baker was hired to design and create the film's prosthetic makeup for Carrey and the rest of the cast. It took a number of tests, and ultimately Carrey admiring a photo of Baker in his first test makeup, for the decision to use Baker's original makeup design. The Grinch suit was covered in yak hair, dyed green and sewed onto a spandex suit. The application of the makeup took up to 8 and a half hours, after which a frustrated Carrey kicked a hole in the wall of his trailer. Carrey's makeup artist Kazu Hiro recounted, "On set, [Carrey] was really mean to everybody and at the beginning of the production they couldn't finish. After two weeks we only could finish three days' worth of shooting schedule, because suddenly he would just disappear and when he came back, everything was ripped apart. We couldn't shoot anything." Kazu Hiro left production until Baker and Howard had a discussion with Carrey on how important Kazu Hiro was to the production. Carrey agreed to keep his anger in check and Kazu Hiro returned to his role.[17] Meanwhile, Josh Ryan Evans, who played the 8-year old Grinch, wore the same style of makeup and bodysuit that Carrey wore. In total, Carrey spent 92 days in the Grinch makeup and became adept at remaining calm while sitting in the make-up chair. Most of the appliances the actors wore were noses that connected to an upper lip along with a few dentures, ears and wigs.[citation needed]


Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Original Motion Picture SoundtrackSoundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedNovember 7, 2000 (2000-11-07)Recorded2000Genre
  • Christmas
  • pop
  • rock
  • film score
  • Interscope

The soundtrack for the album was released on November 7, 2000.[18] It features a collection of music performed by several artists, including Busta Rhymes, Faith Hill, Eels, Smash Mouth, and NSYNC.

All song lengths via Apple Music.[19]

All music is composed by James Horner, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Performed byLength
1."Kids Today" (Dialogue) Taylor Momsen and Jim Carrey0:21
2."Grinch 2000"Dr. Seuss and Albert HagueBusta Rhymes featuring Jim Carrey3:34
3."Green Christmas"Steven Page and Ed RobertsonBarenaked Ladies2:35
4."Christmas of Love"Rick Chertoff, David Forman and Rob HymanLittle Isidore and the Inquisitors2:19
5."Lonely Christmas Eve"FoldsBen Folds3:19
6."Grinch Schedule" (Dialogue)  0:40
7."Better Do It Right"Greg CampSmash Mouth3:10
8."Whoville Medley (Perfect Christmas Night/Grinch)"Paul O'Neill, Robert Kinkel and Jon OlivaTrans-Siberian Orchestra4:59
9."Reindeer" (Dialogue)  0:35
10."Christmas Is Going to the Dogs"Mark Oliver EverettEels2:57
11."You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"Seuss, HagueCarrey2:31
12."Christmas Means More" (Dialogue)  0:49
13."You Don't Have to Be Alone (On Christmas)"JC Chasez, Veit Renn and David Nicoll*NSYNC4:33
14."Where Are You, Christmas?"Horner, Will Jennings and Mariah CareyFaith Hill4:07
15."The Shape of Things to Come"  6:31
16."Memories of a Green Childhood"  3:28
17."Christmas, Why Can't I Find You?"Horner, JenningsTaylor Momsen2:09
18."Stealing Christmas"  6:55
19."The Big Heist"  4:01
20."Does Cindy Lou Really Ruin Christmas?"  4:10
21."A Change of Heart"  3:44
22."The Sleigh of Presents"  6:01
23."He Carves the Roast Beast"  3:10


How the Grinch Stole Christmas was released by Universal Pictures in the United States on November 17, 2000.

Home media

The film was released on VHS and DVD on November 20, 2001.[20] In December 2001, Variety reported that it was the second biggest selling home video release of 2001, selling 16.9 million copies and earning 6 million in sales revenue.[21] A Blu-ray/DVD combo pack was released on October 13, 2009, then later given a separate Blu-ray release on October 13, 2015.[22] It was also remastered in 4K and released on Ultra HD Blu-ray on October 17, 2017.[23]


It premiered on television on ABC on November 25, 2004 and aired for a few years. How the Grinch Stole Christmas currently annually airs on Freeform's (formerly ABC Family) 25 Days of Christmas. The American television airings include deleted footage which was not included on the original, theatrical, and VHS/DVD releases such as Cindy's dad maxing out his credit card buying Christmas gifts, Cindy asking her dad who the Grinch was before heading off to school, Lou visiting Cindy staying after school after mentioning the Grinch, a few extended scenes of the post office, the Grinch in his cave and Cindy inviting the Grinch to the Christmas party, Martha May and Betty Lou competing in the Christmas Lights Contest, the Grinch trying out different outfits to wear at the Christmas party, the Grinch drinking eggnog, the Whos passing out gifts to each other, and Cindy's family getting ready for Christmas morning at night. It also airs on NBC during Christmas night after the animated television special. It aired on FX to promote the television broadcast premiere of the 2018 animated film in 2020.


Box office

How the Grinch Stole Christmas grossed 0 million domestically and .1 million in other territories for a worldwide gross of 5.1 million, becoming the sixth highest-grossing film of 2000.

In the United States, The Grinch opened at number-one on its opening day, making .6 million, with a weekend gross of .0 million, for an average of ,615 from 3,127 theaters. The film held the record for the highest opening weekend for a Christmas-themed film for 18 years until the 2018 film version of The Grinch passed it with .6 million. In its second weekend, the film grossed .1 million, dropping only 5.1%, settling a new record for highest-grossing second weekend for any film at the time. The film stayed at the top of the box office for four weekends until it was overtaken by What Women Want in mid-December. The film closed on March 1, 2001, with a final domestic gross of 0,044,825.[2]Box Office Mojo estimates that the film sold over 48.1 million tickets in North America.[24]

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, How the Grinch Stole Christmas holds an approval rating of 49% based on 142 reviews and an average rating of 5.54/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Jim Carrey shines as the Grinch. Unfortunately, it's not enough to save this movie. You'd be better off watching the TV cartoon."[25] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 46 out of 100 based on 29 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[26] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A to F scale.[27]

Despite the mixed reception, Jim Carrey's performance as the title character received praise from critics and audiences.

Roger Ebert gave the film two out of four stars, referring to it as "a dank, eerie, weird movie about a sour creature" and said, "There should be ... a jollier production design and a brighter look overall ... It's just not much fun." Ebert observed that Carrey "works as hard as an actor has ever worked in a movie, to small avail". Nevertheless, he decided that "adults may appreciate Carrey's remarkable performance in an intellectual sort of way and give him points for what was obviously a supreme effort".[28]

Paul Clinton of CNN declared that Carrey "was born to play this role" and noted that "Carrey carries nearly every scene. In fact, if he's not in the scene, there is no scene."[29]Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly began his review of the film analyzing the Grinch's "mischievously divided, now-I'm-calm/ now-I'm-a-raving-sarcastic-PSYCH-o! personality" and summed up Carrey's Grinch as "a slobby, self-loathing elitist ruled by the secret fear that he's always being left out of things." Gleiberman expressed surprise at "how affecting Carrey makes the Grinch's ultimate big-hearted turnaround, as Carrey the actor sneaks up on Carrey the wild-man dervish. In whichever mode, he carreys [sic] the movie."[30]

Peter Stack of the San Francisco Chronicle said, "Nobody could play the Grinch better than Jim Carrey, whose rubbery antics and maniacal sense of mischief are so well suited to How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Dr. Seuss himself might have turned to Carrey as a model for the classic curmudgeon had the actor been around in 1957." However, he wondered why Carrey "made himself sound like Sean Connery" and warned that the character's intensity may frighten small children.[31]James Berardinelli of ReelViews wrote that Carrey's "off-the-wall performance is reminiscent of what he accomplished in The Mask, except that here he never allows the special effects to upstage him. Carrey's Grinch is a combination of Seuss' creation and Carrey's personality, with a voice that sounds far more like a weird amalgamation of Sean Connery and Jim Backus (Bond meets Magoo!) than it does Karloff." He concluded that Carrey "brings animation to the live action, and, surrounded by glittering, fantastical sets and computer-spun special effects, Carrey enables Ron Howard's version of the classic story to come across as more of a welcome endeavor than a pointless re-tread."[32]

Some reviews were more polarized. Stephanie Zacharek of Salon in a generally negative review of the film, wrote that "Carrey pulls off an admirable impersonation of an animated figure ... It's fine as mimicry goes – but mimicry isn't the best playground for comic genius. Shouldn't we be asking more of a man who's very likely the most gifted comic actor of his generation?" She concluded that in spite of "a few terrific ad-libs ... his jokes come off as nothing more than a desperate effort to inject some offbeat humor into an otherwise numbingly unhip, nonsensical and just plain dull story".[33]

Todd McCarthy of Variety wrote, "Carrey tries out all sorts of intonations, vocal pitches and delivery styles, his tough guy posturing reminding at times of Cagney and his sibilant S's recalling Bogart. His antic gesturing and face-making hit the mark at times, but at other moments seem arbitrary and scattershot. Furthermore, his free-flowing tirades, full of catch-all allusions and references, are pitched for adult appreciation and look destined to sail right over the heads of pre-teens."[34]


Award Category Recipient Result
Academy Awards Best Art Direction Michael Corenblith and Merideth Boswell Nominated
Best Costume Design Rita Ryack Nominated
Best Makeup Rick Baker and Gail Rowell-Ryan Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Musical or Comedy Jim Carrey Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Won
Favorite Movie Actor Jim Carrey Won
MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Won
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Remake or Sequel Nominated
Worst Screenplay Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman Nominated
Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Supporting Actress Taylor Momsen Nominated
Worst Song or Song Performance "Christmas, Why Can't I Find You?" by Taylor Momsen Nominated
Worst On-Screen Hairstyle Taylor Momsen Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Fantasy Film Nominated
Best Director Ron Howard Nominated
Best Actor Jim Carrey Nominated
Best Performance by a Younger Actor Taylor Momsen Nominated
Best Costume Rita Ryack, David Page Nominated
Best Music James Horner Won
Best Make-Up Rick Baker and Gail Rowell-Ryan Won
Best Special Effects Nominated

See also

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  • The Grinch (video game)
  • List of Christmas films


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Fun ideas for decorating for your WhoVille Grinch. Dec 27 2017 - We were asked to do a float this year for the Prestonsburg Christmas Parade. Below on the main part of the float have a stripped Xmas tree with a few broken ornaments bits of tinsel a straggle of lights partly pulled off but still flashing empty and wrong side out stockings and of course a Grinch sitting on a big big pile of gifts maybe even.

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Our girls club at church is putting a float in our towns Christmas parade and would like to do a Heaven theme. It shows the bad guy sitting on top of a large yellow sled. The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who.

Santa Maria Elementary School Cheerleaders The Laredo Independent School District wishes to thank all of. Dec 27 2017 - We were asked to do a float this year for the Prestonsburg Christmas Parade. Nov 10 2015 - Explore Mary Canadas board Grinch Parade Float on Pinterest.

When autocomplete results are available use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. The winning entries for the annual Christmas parade that rolled down San Bernardo Avenue last Friday night include the following. Nov 7 2015 - Explore Terrie Lynns board Christmas float ideas on Pinterest.

Touch device users explore by touch or with swipe gestures. Nov 21 2019 - Explore Kimberly McGhees board Grinch Christmas Float on Pinterest. Step 4 A Christmas Carol.

Grinch Christmas Decorations. Seusss Grinch at Macys Yours could say How the Grinch Stole Christmas instead. Metallic Floral Sheeting 10 yards Metallic Twists 4 wide x 25 long 2 rolls Metallic Fringe 15 long x 10 wide 4 pkgs.

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In the middle it reads Dr. Trim the bottom so that it will stand up flat. For the general shape use the snow cliff with the tiny dog pulling the sleigh on the back of the float.

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The Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade has featured a Grinch Thanksgiving float balloon. Dec 7 2016 - Whoville the Grinch who stole Christmas parade float. This is so cute.

We decided on a Grinch theme. Use a piece of cardstock and tape it into a cone shape. Trophies were awarded for first place in several categories including best dance squad best cheerleader unit best band and best float.

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