Illumination and Universal Pictures, (re)animate a beloved character in Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch. The official trailer hit the interwebs March 8th. Illumination takes on a holiday classic as its eight animated feature film. With Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch giving voice to the mean, green menace the snark is bound to be outstanding.
The Grinch brings to life the story of a grumpy creature on a mission to steal Christmas from his neighbors in Who-ville. He lives in a cave on Mt. Crumpet his dog, Max, his only companion (and housekeeper).
Here’s the rest of the official film synopsis:
Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.
Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who—a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer—plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all?
I love The Grinch. He’s one of my favorite Dr. Seuss’s characters. He takes petty to whole new levels. It’s just not the holiday season until I’ve watched the 1966 version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas repeatedly. Yes, I’m aware the live-action version doesn’t suck, but there is just something about that older animated one that makes it Christmas.
Hopefully, Illumination’s trend of successfully updating cartoons and children’s characters continues. If so, I may just have another version to throw into the Christmas movie rotation.
Are you geeks as hopeful as I am? Let us know in the comments if this movie could be a new tradition for you, too!
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch hit theaters November 9, 2018.
Genre: Animated Comedy
Directed By: Scott Mosier, Yarrow Cheney
Produced By: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy