The Grinch Steals Christmas

A year from now we will likely be head-over-heels buried in new Christmas movie anticipation over a new version of the Grinch. This time around The Grinch will be CG animated and the lead character will be voiced by throaty Brit Benedict Cumberbatch.

Sounds good, eh?

But will it even be about Christmas? Look at what a producer said:

The last telling of the Grinch focused a little bit more on sort of the commercialization of Christmas and how the commercialization of Christmas can lead us down the wrong path. For me, in reading what Geisel wrote, I view it more from a character perspective. I think that the essence of this film is the notion of this cynicism comedically expressed in the Grinch and this absolute innocence represented in Cindy Lou, on a collision course with one another through the course of this movie. It’s the simple question of whether or not innocence can transform cynicism.

Um…the last telling of the story — Ron Howard’s absurd How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey on speed — sucked.

How about we just get back to Christmas guys?

Here’s the problem with a lot of Dr. Seuss movies coming out any more. The stories are simple. But when you mix agenda-driven moralizing with delightful stories they are no longer delightful stories. They’re preachy.

We don’t need a preach Grinch.

What we need is what we already have — a made-for-television animated special that is perfect in every way.

That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

Telling the truth.

There is not a trailer to show for this film yet and it won’t be out until Christmas 2018. All we have so far is this movie poster mock-up claiming the tag line of movie is, ironically, Stealing Christmas.

Chuck Dickins

A Christmas purist with an enthusiastic style, sometimes almost poetic. Chuck is a master of Christmas storytelling with a keen eye for social history and a stickler for yuletide decorum, tradition and legend. Chuck writes on all holiday topics, usually with unbridled joy and unvarnished delight.

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