Episode 103 – The Grinch

It’s our final episode for 2018. And what better way to end the year than by having a retrospective on the mean one himself, The Grinch. We take a look back at all the adaptations from the recent release to the classic animated TV special. So grin your widest as we celebrate the mean one himself.

Two sizes to small.

This year a new interpretation of the Dr Seuss classic arrives, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role. The new film by Illumination studios strangely had its theatre release in November. While coming out closer to Christmas would have made more sense, this film seems to be banking on the studio’s previous successes like Despicable Me and Minions. With that in mind, we put the computer-animated version through its paces and discover how it stacks up against its predecessors.

The Grinch

For most, the 1966 television special remains the definitive version of the story. Then, there are those that lean toward the live-action adaptation. So before we review that essential television special, we discuss the Ron Howard directed How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Released also in November it became the sixth highest-grossing film of the year. While the film was a financial success, it met with mostly negative reviews from critics. Nevertheless, the film’s lead Jim Carrey did garner praise for his portrayal, marking a return to form in some regard. It’s been almost two decades since it’s initial release, so how does the film holds up today?

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