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Grinch makes comeback in animation, fun remains

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Grinch makes comeback in animation, fun remains

Bailey Wray, [email protected]

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From its debut in the film industry in 1966 to its live-action portrayal in 2000, the story of the Grinch has remained a Christmas classic. Now, in 2018, the Grinch has gotten a makeover.

The animated film, “The Grinch,” landed in theaters on Nov. 9 with Benedict Cumberbatch starring as the voice behind the grumpy Grinch.

The animations in this movie are almost identical to the animations in films like “The Lorax” and “Despicable Me,” which amplifies the modern elements of this adaptation.

This movie also focused more on the life of Cindy Lou Who and her goal to trap Santa Claus, so she can give him her very special Christmas wish. Her wish is to help her single mother, who works the night shift and takes care of the children during the day.

As the Grinch, in his Santa disguise, is stealing the gifts from Cindy Lou’s house, she succeeds in trapping him. She gives him her wish and plants a seed in his two-sizes-too-small heart.

Like in the other movies, the Grinch eventually learns the true meaning of Christmas and his heart triples in size, leading him to bring back all the trees and presents and trimmings he stole.

The theatrical elements of the movie, like the large reindeer named Frank, ensure that children will love it. Adults can also relate to the Grinch, especially because he cannot get out of bed in the morning without his coffee and frequently partakes in “emotional eating.”

However, those that grew up watching the other Grinch movies may find it incomparable; this Grinch is milder than he has been in previous versions,  and there are many side stories that could take away from his evilness. So, it is best to categorize “The Grinch” as its own movie, rather than a revision.

All can agree, however, that the message of the movie is clear: family and friends are more important than all the presents in the world.

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Grinch makes comeback in animation, fun remains