Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

Genre: Animated Fantasy, Fantasy, Holiday | Age: 5-7
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Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

ANIMATED FANTASY: 1966, G. The Grinch objects to all the ways the Whos of Whoville celebrate and enjoy Christmas. He impersonates Santa Claus, but instead of giving presents, he steals them. He ruins the Christmas decorations, steals the food and even the trees. Rather than being upset or in any way set back by the Grinch’s evil deeds, the Whos still celebrate the spirit of Christmas. The Grinch discovers that “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store; maybe Christmas means a little bit more.” Inspired by what he sees, he returns the presents and joins Whoville in a Christmas celebration.

VIOLENCE: The Grinch humorously abuses his dog.

CRIMES: Theft (P).

MORALS, ISSUES & VALUES: As the Grinch steals the Christmas presents, he turns into a snake in reference to Satan. The Grinch sadistically looks forward to hearing the wails coming from Whoville when they discover his thefts. This film clearly demonstrates how theft (and other forms of dishonesty) effects the victims. According to the film: Christmas has little to do with material objects like presents, games, packages or fancy dinners.

SEXUALITY & GENDER ISSUES: None.

SUBSTANCES: None.

BOOK: Dr. Seuss, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

COMMENTS: Dr. Seuss’ delightfully warm tale of the true meaning of Christmas is beautifully drawn by Chuck Jones and magnificently voiced by Boris Karloff. Its messages are anti-materialistic with only modes religious implications. A classic for the whole family.

STARRING: Voice of Boris Karloff.

ALTERNATES: “The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao” is another Dr. Seuss story.

CONTENT REVIEW (1-5)

Nudity 0
Sex 0
Physical Violence 1
Emotional Stress 2
Blood 0
Language/Profanity 0
Immorality 2
Parental Guidance 1
Watchability for Adults 4
Overall 5
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