Saturday, December 24, 2011

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Of all the great Christmastime television specials, including "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas", "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" is the most endearing, most likely do to its supreme collaborators. The story of the green mountain dwelling miser and canine friend Max who seek to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville, only to have his heart changed do to their unflappable resolve comes to the screen from the beloved Dr. Seuss books by way of likewise admired Looney Tunes animator Chuck Jones. With monster movie legend Boris Karloff both narrating and voicing the Grinch and baritone Thurl Ravenscroft crooning the wickedly sublime "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", all the ingredients are in place for a delightfully offbeat Christmas recipe.