ABC rings in the holiday season tonight by broadcasting both versions of the classic holiday film “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas’. The first version tonight is the original 1966 cartoon directed by the legendary Chuck Jones. Jones is credited as the father of Warner Bros. “Looney Tunes” and “Merrie Melodies”. It was from Jones that the classic Hunting Season cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. The 1966 cartoon also features actor Boris Karloff as the Grinch, and the classic song from the cartoon “You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch”.
After the classic cartoon ends ABC shifts to the more modern take on the Grinch story. The 2000 live action version directed by Ron Howard features Jim Carrey as the mean old Grinch. The makeup and prosthetic to turn Carrey into the Grinch were so suffocating for him to wear that special coaches had to be brought in to help deal with the feeling of the makeup. The movie version also gave viewers an in depth look at the people who live in whoville. Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, and Taylor Momsen round out the cast.
Watching the cartoon version of the classic tale is a great way to prep younger viewers for the more adult take that follows tonight.
Date: Monday, December 24th
Episode Title: “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas Cartoon and Live Action”
Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Online Stream: ABC.com