Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury, Tristan O’Hare, Ramone Hamilton, Sam Lavagnino, Scarlett Estevez, Pharrell Williams
Animated comedy directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier and co-written by Mosier. The story follows The Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch), a cynical grump who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. The Grinch only sees his neighbors in Who-ville 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 realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who (Cameron Seely), a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer, plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one.
Whoville Resident: The mayor wants Christmas to be three times bigger this year.
Grinch: For fifty-three years, Christmas has brought me nothing but misery. I know just what to do. I become Santa Clause to steal their Christmas. If he could deliver it one night, then I can steal it. What’s Santa has that I don’t?
[Max barks his reply]
Grinch: That’s hurtful.
[as Max is barking at the birds]
Grinch: Max, stop socializing. Now let’s go in for a look.
[as Max is flying over Who-ville with a camera strapped on him so that Grinch can spy on them]
Grinch: Watch out. Christmas already? Argh!
[referring to the children posing for a photo]
Grinch: Look at those greedy little gift monsters.
[as he sees himself on his tablet]
Grinch: Oh, hey, look, it’s me.
[Max suddenly crashed into him]
Grinch: I know what to do. I’m going to steal their Christmas.
[to Max; as Grinch and Max are walking to the store in Who-ville]
Grinch: Today we will do mean things, and we will do them in style!
[to Grinch as he enters the store]
Store Owner: Oh, hello! Happy Holida..
[Grinch holds up his finger to stop him]
[Grinch grabs the jar that a woman was trying to grab from the top shelf]
Grinch: What’s this?
Woman: Hey, excuse me. Are you getting that?
Grinch: Hmm. No.
[he places the jar back, as he walks off, he deliberately hits the shelf knocking the jar, which falls and breaks]
Grinch: This perfectly creates the mating call of the reindeer. Now.
[as he uses his device a little goat appears]
Grinch: Oh. Hey, there. Sorry, little goat. I was calling for a reind…
[the little goat suddenly screams warning all of the reindeer to run off]
Grinch: Fred. What are you doing?
[we see a massive yak pumping whipped cream into its mouth and coming through its nostrils]
[holding up a Christmas cookie]
Grinch: Behold, the cookie. This is our enemy.
[the yak gets tries to eat the cookie]
Grinch: No, no, no! We must…
[just then the yak grabs the cookie from Grinch’s hand and eats it]
Grinch: We will drop the sleigh from the roof. Okay? Go team!
[as Grinch, Max and the yak are trying to walk quietly across the snow it their footsteps are really loud ]
Grinch: That is the loudest snow I’ve ever heard in my life.
Grinch: If I’m going to become Santa, then I need to get into character.
[we see him eating to fatten himself up]
Grinch: It’s go time!
Grinch: Now we’ll be riding in style. Ho, ho, ho.
Grinch: Max, I’m promoting you. You will guide me sleigh tonight.
[we see Max trying to guide the sleigh, but he gets buried into the snow]
Grinch: What? Max?
[Max comes up from under the snow and finally manages to guide the sleigh]
Grinch: Yes, Max!
[as Max is giving him puppy eyes to join him in bed]
Grinch: Max, you know the rules. You sleep in your bed, and I sleep in…
[suddenly he sees the yak giving him puppy eyes to]
Grinch: Max, did you teach him puppy eyes?
[unable to resist both Max and the yak giving him puppy eyes]
[we see both Max and the yak get into bed with Grinch, with the yak squashing him]
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