How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) – Ace Mini-Review

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Written by: Irv Spector, Bob Ogle
Book by: Dr. Seuss
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam
U.S.A., 1966

How good is this movie?

A simple and beautiful story, wonderfully animated, brilliantly scored, and heartwarming. One of the great Christmas classics!

How ace is this movie?

There’s no sex or romance in this movie. As far as the Whos go, what we mostly see are children rather than couples. While we may assume they have nuclear families, they are also clearly a very communal society, singing, playing, and feasting together. The Grinch is very much an outsider, and that might invite asexual identification. His objection to “all the nose! noise! noise! noise!” the Whos make is understandable, and his aversion to Christmas traditions like roast beast could be read as a legitimate personal preference. However, if the Grinch has any of our sympathy he quickly loses it by his actions. His decision to rob the Whos of their favourite holiday is bad enough, but he also steals all their food, lies to Cindy Lou Who, and treats his dog Max like a slave. He’s clearly a guy who needs a lesson in tolerance and compassion. Fortunately, he gets one!

4 Stars; 3 Aces

Merry Christmas!

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