How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

USA, 23 December 1966
35mm film, Metrocolor, 4:3
mono, English

An American animated fantasy television special directed by Chuck Jones and Ben Washam.

Plot Summary

The villagers of Whoville are getting ready for Christmas, but at the top of Mount Crumpet, the Grinch is becoming increasingly irritated at the thought that people might be happy over the holiday period. So he decides to ruin everyone’s plans by descending on the village dressed as Santa Claus – and stealing all of the presents and decorations…


Director: Chuck Jones
Co-Director: Ben Washam
© MCMLXVI by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc
MGM Television
Production Executive: Les Goldman
Producers: Chuck Jones, Ted Geisel
Production Manager: Earl Jonas
Script/Book: Dr Seuss
Additional Story: Bob Ogle, Irv Spector
Animation: Ken Harris, Tom Ray, Philip Roman, Richard Thompson, Don Towsley, Lloyd Vaughan
Backgrounds: Hal Ashmead, Philip DeGuard, Bob Inman
Layouts: Oscar Dufau, Don Morgan
Editors: Lovell Norman, John Young
Music: Albert Hague
Conductor: Eugene Poddany
Additional Music: Eugene Poddany
Production Designer: Maurice Noble
Graphic Artist: Don Foster

Boris Karloff (narrator/The Grinch)
June Foray (Cindy Lou Who)
Thurl Ravenscroft (Grinch’s singing voice)

Alternative Titles

Dr Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Le Grincheux qui voulait gâcher Noël!
– French Canadian title

It’s Grinch Night (1977)
The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat (1982)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

See also
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
The Planet of Junior Brown (1997)
Shrek (2001)
To Grandmother’s House We Go (1992)

Extracts included in
Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-betweens, a Life in Animation (2000)


Boris Karloff: A Critical Acount of His Screen, Stage, Radio, Television, and Recording Work by Scott Allen Nollen pp.338; 413