HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! (1966)
THE GIST: Above the sweet little town of Whoville full of Whos lives the Grinch at the top of Mt. Crumpit, a crooked cliff of a residence. On Christmas Even, the wicked, green grump decides he’s going to try to stop Christmas, because he’s hated it for nearly forever. So, he decides to disguise himself as Santa and sneak down the chimney, not to deliver gifts, but to steal them, and the trees and stockings too, tugging his little dog Max along in reindeer antlers. But when Christmas morning comes anyway, the Grinch has, let’s say, a change of heart.
NAUGHTY OR NICE: Well, isn’t that the point of the film? Is the Grinch actually a naughty holiday-thief, or is he deep down under that green fur a sweetheart? OK, it’s Dr. Seuss. Now, what rhymes with “nice”…?
WHY IT GETS US IN THE SPIRIT: It’s such a kiddie classic for all generations; it’s almost sure to remind you of how magical Christmas seemed when you were in Grade 2.
MAGIC MOMENT: Could it be anything but bellow of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” as the Grinch nabs every candy cane and ornament in Whoville? No, it could not.
SANTA SIGHTING: Well, wide-eyed Cindy Lou Who’s sighting of Santa, who is actually the rotten Christmas crook in disguise. He tells her an evil lie and sends her to bed. You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.
ACCOMPANYING CAROL: I’ve named it twice already.
PERFECT PRESENT FOR: The sweetest little Cindy Lou Who you know.