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The Grinch (2018)

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A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... The Grinch (voice)
Cameron Seely ... Cindy-Lou Who (voice)
Rashida Jones ... Donna Who (voice)
Pharrell Williams ... Narrator (voice)
Tristan O'Hare ... Groopert (voice)
Kenan Thompson ... Mr. Bricklebaum (voice)
Sam Lavagnino ... Ozzy (voice)
Ramone Hamilton ... Axl (voice)
Angela Lansbury ... Mayor McGerkle (voice)
Scarlett Estevez ... Izzy (voice)
Michael Beattie ... Store Clerk (voice)
Lori Alan ... Additional Voices (voice)
Carlos Alazraqui ... Additional Voices (voice)
Doug Burch ... Additional Voices (voice)
Cathy Cavadini ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Catherine Cavadini)
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Storyline

For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming, and visually stunning, it's a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Whoville when he runs out of food. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter, and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch ... Written by Universal Pictures

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Christmas is canceled. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief rude humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | China | Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,572,855, 11 November 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$270,620,950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$511,565,348
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos (Dolby Atmos+Vision)| DTS (DTS: X)| Auro 11.1 | Dolby Surround 7.1 | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When asked if the film was always the direction of the storybook, Benedict Cumberbatch stated: "You don't necessarily get the whole script. There's pitches all along the way and you know where it's going. But I did say quite early on I really want to know why he is the way he is. Maybe there is a reason behind that, that he's been hurt before. Why is he outside? Why is he green? Why does he live on his own in a mountain? What is all that about? The sort of motivational questions that a navel-gazing actor always asks. But you do need to make sense of characters. They can't just exist in a vacuum, even if they're animated characters in a family film.". See more »

Goofs

When we first see Cindy-Lou's house, there is a long winding sidewalk that goes from her front door down into town (she sleds down it to mail her letter). In all other shots of her house, this sidewalk is missing and the road runs right by her front door. See more »

Quotes

Grinch: What's this?
Who Lady: Excuse me! Are you getting that? I need it for my Christmas stuffing.
Grinch: Mmm, no.
Who Lady: Well, that's not very nice.
[Grinch drops it on the floor and it shatters, she stamps her foot]
Who Lady: Oh sugar plums.
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Crazy Credits

Illumination logo, Bob from Minions and Snowball from The Secret Life of Pets. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK theatrical release was censored in order to obtain a U classification; the distributor chose to remove several uses of mild bad language (ass) from a song number in order to avoid the film receiving a PG rating uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film Journeys: Festive Films 5 (2018) See more »

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Silent Night
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OK, but feels unnecessary
10 November 2018 | by brynnharms-70885See all my reviews

Took the grandkids to this movie...they didn't think it was very good. It seems like something that was produced for the dollars it could make rather than a story that needed to be told.

The good: it was not very long. The colors are brilliant and visually stimulating. Max was remade with a little more of a fun personality.

The bad: Grinch somehow seemed wrong. I'm not sure if it was the voice, the artistic effects, or just a general un-Grinchiness. The story was a retelling that didn't need to be. The biggest negative is the feeling that this movie is forgettable.

I'm sure I'll never watch it again. I've watched the original about a billion times, and the Jim Carrey version nearly the same.

Bottom line...save your money and rent it later.


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