|from 1966's How the Grinch Stole Christmas
But how many of us remember the later animated holiday TV special Halloween is Grinch Night from 1977?
This Halloween story also includes the Grinch's best friend, his dog Max. However, Cindy Lou is not at the center of this tale but another Who, a brave and curious little boy named Euchariah. Much like most other holiday TV specials, Halloween is Grinch Night is a musical. This animated story boasts seven original songs.
|Euchariah claims he has a slight astigmatism--dig those glasses!
|Is the Grinch scary enough for you?
The producer and director for the original 1966 TV special was Chuck Jones. (Click here to read what I've previously written about Jones and Christmas.) In this 1977 Halloween special, DePatie and Freleng are the executive producers. Of course, DePatie and Freleng are also legends in the world of animation creating The Pink Panther cartoons, several other Dr. Seuss animated projects and The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas among others.
|from the live action movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas from 2000
The character of the Grinch also appears in the 1982 animated TV special The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat. Although, the story is not Christmas related, it has aired on ABC Family Channel in recent years as a part of their 25 days of Christmas marathon programming. Who could forget the 2000 live action feature length movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey as the title character?
UPDATE 2021: In 2018, a theatrical release, feature-length animated movie entitled The Grinch was released, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the Grinch. And in 2020, cameras captured the Broadway-style musical stage version of Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Musical Live! which aired on NBC.
Halloween is Grinch Night was released on DVD just this month on the Dr. Seuss' Holidays on the Loose! set.
|released Oct. 2011