How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Synopsis: Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of munchkinlike people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates Christmas, and plots to steal it away from the Whos which he equally abhors. Yet a small child, Cindy Lou Who, decides to try befriend the Grinch.
Director(s): Ron Howard
Production: Universal Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 37 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

Inside a snowflake,

like the one on your sleeve...

...there happened a story

you must see to believe.

Way up in the mountains,

in the high range of Pontoos...

...lay the small town of Whoville:

The home of the Whos.

Ask any Who, and they'll have this to say:

"There is no place like Whoville

around Christmas Day."

Every window was flocked,

every lamppost was dressed...

...and the Whoville band marched

in their Christmasy best.

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!

Arbor Day was fine,

and Easter was pleasant...

...and every Saint Fizzin's day,

they ate a Fizz pheasant.

But every Who knew,

from their twelve toes to their snout...

...they loved Christmas the most,

without a single Who doubt.

- Farfingle's welcomes you!

- Thank you.

Merry Christmas!

Thank you for shopping Farfingle's!

We got a snoozlephone

for your brother Drew...

...and a snoozlephone for your brother Stu,

a muncle for your uncle...

...a fant for your aunt

and a fandpa for your cousin Leon.

So, we just need.... Cindy?

Sale on Aisle 3!

- Cindy Lou!

- Merry Christmas.

Hello, Myrna. Merry Christmas, Fred.

Excuse me.

Cindy Lou? Honey?

- Dad?

- Yeah?

Doesn't this seem like a bit much?

This is what Christmas is all about!

Can't you feel it?

Merry Christmas!

Thank you for shopping Farfingle's.

Wait a second!

Your change!

Another minute closer to Christmas!

And, for the next five minutes only,

Yes, every Who down in Whoville

liked Christmas a lot...

...but the Grinch,

who lived just north of Whoville...

...did not.

Get on it, girls.

All the good mistletoe's at the top.

- Hey, Drew, I'll race you!

- Not if I race you first.

Last one to the top is a stinky old Grinch!

You guys, where are we?

I think we should go back.

What? You're scared of the Grinch!


They say he lives up here in a big cave.

And only comes down

when he's hungry for the taste of...

- ...Who flesh!

- Drew!

You're scared of the Grinch!

You're scared of the Grinch!

- Are too!

- Am not!

Wait for me!

Go on, touch it. Touch the door.

Do it for me, Stu.

Well done, Max!

Serves them right, those Yuletide-loving...


nog-sucking cheer mongers!

I really don't like them.

No, I don't.


Get my cloak!

I've been much too tolerant

of these Whovenile delinquents...

...and their innocent, victimless pranks.

So, they want to get to know me, do they?

They want to spend a little quality time

with the Grinch.

I guess I could use a little... interaction.

Merry Christmas!

Yeah, you bet.

Ho, ho, ho, and stuff.

Oh, my.

Someone has vandalized that vehicle.

You see, Max?

The city is a dangerous place.

The Grinch hated Christmas.

The whole Christmas season.

Top of the day. Flatfoot.

Now, please, don't ask why.

No one quite knows the reason.

Here's a present for you.

Be sure to run real fast with it.

Come on. Double time. Move.

It could be that his head

wasn't screwed on just right.

Or it could be, perhaps,

that his shoes were too tight.

But I think that

the most likely reason of all...

...may have been that his heart

was two sizes too small.

Stranger, won't let you go

till you buy a chapeau!

Boy, nothing beats Christmas, right?

I guess.

You guess?

It's just, I look around at you and Mom

and everyone getting all kerbobbled.

Doesn't this seem superfluous?



- What happened to you?

- It was the Grinch!

- Grinch?

- What do you want? I mean....

"Grinch? Oh, no!"

Did someone just say, "Grinch"?

Hello, Mayor May-Who, sir.


I don't need to remind you

that this Christmas...

...marks the one thousandth Whobilation.

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Jeffrey Price

Jeffrey Price (born 1949) is an American screenwriter and producers who worked on several films and television series. more…

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