How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

When I was growing up, How the Grinch Stole Christmas came on TV every year. It was a magical 30 minutes of story, song, and heart.

Based on the Dr. Suess book, the Grinch is a hateful curmudgeon who lives on a mountain above Whoville and can’t stand the Whos and their Christmas celebrations.

The Grinch decides to steal Christmas from the Whos, but doesn’t realize that it’s not about the stuff for them and they continue to sing and celebrate. When it sinks in, the Grinch has a literal change of heart and returns the Christmas items to the Whos, who forgive him.

The message is powerful and the whole experience is so memorable. The poetry and songs are the perfect bow that keeps the whole package together. The animation holds up even though it is quite old now. This one is required at Christmas time and usually gets more than one viewing.

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