Tuesday, 27 November 2012

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) DVD Review

Written By Christine Kenne based on the children's book by Dr Seuss
Directed By Chuck Jones

Genre
Animation, Family
Cast

Boris Karloff voices The Narrator / The Grinch

Uncredited Cast
June Foray
Thurl Ravenscroft
Dal McKennon
Hal Smith

Certificate U



Synopsis

Based on the children's book of the same name by the best selling Dr Seuss, narrated by Boris Karloff and animated b cartoon legend, Chuck Jones, this is an award-winning classic.

The Grinch is the crankiest, grumpiest, meanest creature since Mr. Scrooge! He lives in a cave on the side of a mountain, overlooking the town of Who-ville. Christmas is fast approaching and the noisy holiday preparations and infernal singing of the happy town-folk annoy the Grinch no end. He decides this merriment must stop!

However his cunning plan to wipe out Christmas in Who-ville by stealing all the presents, backfires and the miserable old Grinch actually discovers that "Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more".

Special Features

  • Horton Hears A Who! Cartoon
  • Audio Commentary by June Foray and P.Roman
  • Pencil Tests
  • TNT's 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas'
  • Song Selection
  • Songs in the Key of Grinch

Review

Boris Karloff leads a fabulous cast in this animated television special from 1966, directed by the legendary Chuck Jones.

Instead of the manic mugging that Jim Carrey went for in the 2000 movie version, directed by Ron Howard, we have a subtle yet very fun cartoon with some fantastic voice over work.

Boris Karloff was a superb choice as the Grinch, his regal voice with a slight touch of menace really adds a mean nature to the Christmas wrecking character.

The animation itself brings to mind the animation style of the Looney Tunes but that should be no surprise as Chuck  Jones directed a lot of the most famous of those shorts.  There's a charming nature to the animation itself, the bright colors and simple characters really keep the Dr. Seuss style alive on the screen and gives the special a level of quality not seen in the inferior 2000 movie.

The special features are fantastic for this release and really make this DVD massive value for money.  The commentary in particular is definitely one of my favorites out of the set, especially considering they got June Foray to come in to participate.

The picture and sound transfer are crystal clear and in all honesty, better than quite a few more recent cartoons that have been released.  Warner Brothers really did do a brilliant job there.

All in all, this is a fantastic purchase for young and old.  The parents will love the old fashioned charm of the special itself and the kids amongst us will love the fun and chaos filled story that has a really heart felt ending.  The special features are great for us nerds too.

Highly recommended.

Movie 5/5
Picture 4/5
Sound 4/5
Special Features 4/5
Overall 17/20

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