Stink, stank, stunk: comparison and rating of the Grinch movies

WRITTEN BY: SAMI ULSTAD

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How the Grinch Stole christmas (2000) - Stink

This is my favorite Christmas movie ever. I can basically quote the whole thing. The humor of the Grinch and the faces he makes adds so much to the film. Obviously this film was created in thought of adult viewers, which creates a more sarcastic tone. The addition of the Grinch's childhood gives more to the story for the viewers to better understand where his hate for Christmas originates. This movie is also the first Dr. Seuss book to be turned into a full length film. As for the message of the movie, the Grinch accidentally teaches the Whos in a very harsh manner to be grateful for what they have and lead them to realize Christmas is not just about the gifts.


The Grinch (2018) - Stank

This is such a cute version of the Grinch. There are a few things that are different than the two previous movies. Cindy Lou’s family life is very different than the previous. A big difference is the Grinch himself. In this film he seemed less mean and vile. The Whos were not afraid of the Grinch when he came to town either. He was very nice to his adorable dog Max and he found an additional animal character to pull his sled, a yak. This version seems to be created more for the younger viewers rather than adults like the 2000 version. The Grinch comes to see that Christmas isn’t just gifts, it is about generosity, joy, kindness, caring, and love.

How the Grinch stole Christmas (1996) - Stunk

I just recently watched this version of the Grinch for the first time, and compared to the other two, it seemed a little boring. It has three main voices, The Grinch, Cindy, and the narrator. It did not have much humor, and it seemed a little rushed. This is the original film and was created in the 90s so there has been time for the newer movies to improve and add humor and effects. Being that it is the original and it was intended to be a short film, it is very cute. The message in this film is more subtle than the others; Christmas is not about the gifts like all the Whos believed.

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