When Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! originally aired on December 18, 1966 no one expected the 26-minute cartoon to become a part of American pop culture legend. In fact, despite Seuss’ script, direction by the legendary Chuck Jones of Looney Tunes fame, the vocal talents of an uncredited Thurl Ravenscroft, and narrated by the immortal Boris Karloff, the special received mixed reviews upon its initial release.
However, like many brilliant works, appreciation grows over time. In fact, The Grinch remains one of the few of the glut of Christmas specials from the 1960s to still air every year on television in the US. And a good thing, too — after all, how many of us need a little reminder every year that it’s not about the shopping, the stuff and the crowds, but the people closest to us?
That’s enough to grow even the grinchiest of Grinches heart three sizes. – AJW
“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, he thought, means a little bit more.”