The Dr. Seuss 1957 classic children’s story How the Grinch Stole Christmas! has been adapted several times in a variety of media, including the 1966 iconic animated special featuring Boris Karloff as the voice of the Grinch and the 2000 live-action film directed by Ron Howard and starring Jim Carrey. Now the beloved green curmudgeon is getting a 2018 update in a full-length 3-D feature film by Illumination Entertainment!
Check out the new trailer for The Grinch movie below:
In the trailer, we see the Grinch, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Doctor Strange), being woken up by his clock radio playing “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. The date on the clock says it’s December 20 and, despite the catchy tune, we quickly realize this is not a new, improved Grinch but the dastardly fellow we know and love.
“Happy” segues into an updated version of the familiar “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” as the Grinch calls for his trusty sidekick, Max the dog. Max plays barista and butler to his master — skills he didn’t possess in the 1966 TV special — topping the Grinch’s morning coffee with foam in the shape of a grumpy face, and choosing the Grinch’s green fur pants for the day.
As the Grinch and a wagon-pulling Max make their way to Whoville, the Grinch gleefully declares, “Today we will do mean things and we will do them in style!” And, boy, does he! The brief scene in the grocery store shows the Grinch being just as rude and devious as always. But Whoville is in the midst of decorating for Christmas, which means the Grinch will only get grinchier!
This is the first Christmas film by Illumination Entertainment and the animation is as visually stunning as you would expect from the creators of Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Cats & Dogs, and Sing. This is a Grinch for a new generation but — don’t tell the kids — adults are sure to love it too!
The Grinch is scheduled to be released by Universal Pictures on November 9.
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