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The Grinch To Steal Christmas Again
All back to Whoville!

08 February 2013  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Variety

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Little green men have been a cinematic staple since the first alien invaders set tentative toes onto our planet, but few have proved as tenacious as Dr. Seuss's Grinch. The cranky tempered furball is now coming back to the big screen thanks to a fresh adaptation of Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! lined up by Universal and animation house Illumination Entertainment.

Is it a reboot? Not really. More an animated return to Whoville, driven by Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri. He's the man behind The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who, so don't expect the Grinch adaptation to deviate too far from the youngster-pleasing approach of those two. Mind you, bearing in mind the Grinch's unique outlook on life, there should be more in this one for the misanthropic munchkins out there.

Ron Howard's 2000 film, in which Jim Carrey's yule-dissing grinch scarred a generation of children (and adults) for life, was a mixed bag with a groundbreaking prosthetics and a solid central performance masking an erratic storyline. It'll be interesting to see how successful Meledandri and his director, former Disney animator Pete Candeland, are in corralling the anarchic spirit of Dr. Seuss into a three-act structure this time out.


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RE: The grinch, cranks again
L: TREBOR2009 Nobody can be (or voice over) the Grinch like Jim Carrey. surely he'll be asked to provide the voice over!! think anyone can be the voice of the Grinch to be honest. Carrey wasn't the first and as it is based on a character of a book, it doesn't really ] a voice to emulate. He may still get the gig though, so you never know More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 15:24 on 09 February 2013 | Report This Post

Oh god no
Love the book and my kids do to but there is not enough to make a feature film out of it. Illumination have a horrific habit of populating the movie with identical cute critters to flog more toys, flying in the face of the core message of the book. This is a terrible idea - Illuminations movies are just noise and really lack heart. More

Posted by glloyd24 at 17:48 on 08 February 2013 | Report This Post

The grinch, cranks again
Wether the Ron Howard film was a success or not, shouldn't matter. Nobody can be (or voice over) the Grinch like Jim Carrey. surely he'll be asked to provide the voice over!! More

Posted by TREBOR2009 at 14:02 on 08 February 2013 | Report This Post

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