The Grinch is a fictional character created by Dr. Seuss. The Grinch is the protagonist of the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
History[change | change source]
The book Scrambled Egg Super! by Dr. Seuss had as a character a bird called the “Beagle Baked Bald Headed Grinch” in 1953. Then Dr. Seuss wrote a poem called “The Hoobub and the Grinch”. In 1957, Dr. Seuss wrote the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas where the Grinch was the protagonist.
Fictional character biography[change | change source]
After 53 years of hearing everyone celebrate Christmas even though he hates it, The Grinch decides to dress up as Santa Claus and dress his dog Max as a reindeer and steals every Christmas present from every house on Christmas Eve. He meets a little girl named “Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two” and lies to her that he’s only taking her family’s Christmas tree to fix it. The next morning The Grinch hears everyone singing about how much they love Christmas even though they don’t have any presents. Then The Grinch realizes Christmas isn’t about presents so he returns all the presents that he stole and the people forgive him and he ends up liking Christmas.
Television[change | change source]
In 1966, Chuck Jones made the How the Grinch Stole Christmas (TV Special) as a television cartoon based on the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Grinch was played by Boris Karloff.
It was successful enough that in 1977, Gerard Baldwin and Dr. Seuss made a television cartoon called “Halloween is Grinch Night” which was a prequel to the first one and set on Halloween. In it, Hans Conried played the Grinch because Boris Karloff was dead.
It was successful enough that in 1982, Friz Freleng made a television cartoon called “The Grinch grinches the Cat in the Hat” as a crossover episode with The Cat in the Hat and it won an Emmy. Bob Holt played the Grinch.
Movies[change | change source]
In How the Grinch Stole Christmas (movie) The Grinch gets an origin story. In it the Grinch was born green and liked to eat glass so the other children thought he was ugly and weird and started bullying him. Then he tried to make a Christmas present for a girl he liked and he decided to shave since people made fun of him for being eight years old and having facial hair but he accidentally cut himself shaving so everyone made fun of him for it, even the teacher and the Grinch got angry destroyed the Christmas tree said he hate Christmas and ran away to a garbage dump and stayed there for 53 years. Then Cindy Lou Who invited him over for Christmas and he came but the Mayor who used to be his school bully decided to give the Grinch a razor as a present and ask the woman the Grinch loved to marry him and get a new car for Christmas. Then the Grinch got angry and jealous and destroyed all the Christmas decorations and decided to dress up as Santa Claus and steal Christmas. The Grinch is played by Jim Carrey.
In Horton Hears a Who (movie), everyone in the city council is drawn to look like The Grinch.
In 2018, Universal Pictures and Illumination (company) made a movie called The Grinch (film) where the Grinch is played by Benedict Cumberbatch.