How The Grinch Stole Christmas is with A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty The Snowman one of the three classic animated shows of the season. I watch it every single year hoping that one day the Grinch will prevail and make the very annoying Who of Whoville pay for their sugary sweet lifestyle, their noisy thingamabobs, whozitsnoisies, and clanclangers. Unfortunately, the Grinch does not.
Still, How The Grinch Stole Christmas is seasonal fare for the whole family: the little ones will cheer for the Whos and little Cindy Lou Who, some bill-paying fathers will, secretly, cheer for the Grinch, while the family dog will relate to the much-abused but still friendly dog of the Grinch.
What makes this cartoon a classic and a Christmas season must see is the all-star team behind the production. Warner Brothers legend Chuck Jones of Bugs Bunny and Road Runner fame is the animator. The great Boris Karloff of horror movie fame is the narrator and his reading of this classic Dr. Seuss tale brings it to life as much as the animation does. Thurl Ravenscroft, and yes, you did recognize the voice of Tony the Tiger, is the voice behind the wonderful tunes composed by Albert Hague. "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" is probably one of the greatest animation songs ever. A factoid is that June Foray, a staple of many classic cartoons, is the uncredited voice behind little Cindy Lou Who.
The DVD, which some hard-core fans consider a bit flawed color wise --especially about the exact shade of green the Grinch should be, also contains another Dr. Seuss animated book, Horton Hears A Who.
Basically, no Christmas, grinch or not, is complete without at least one family viewing of How The Grinch Stole Christmas.