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The Grinch

November 9, 2018
1hr 25min
Status: released

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The Grinch Movie Details:

Original titleDr. Seuss’ The Grinch
Based onHow the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
Country United States
Language English
GenreAnimated Christmas comedy
Release dateNovember 9, 2018
Running time1hr 25min
Age ratingPG
CastBenedict Cumberbatch
Rashida Jones
Kenan Thompson
Angela Lansbury
Pharrell Williams
Directed by Scott Mosier
Yarrow Cheney
Screenplay byMichael LeSieur
Tommy Swerdlow
Produced byChris Meledandri
Janet Healy
Edited by Chris Cartagena
Music byDanny Elfman
Production CompanyUniversal Pictures
Distributor Universal Pictures

The Grinch Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch, a grumpy, cave-dwelling, green-furred creature who hates Christmas
  • Cameron Seely as Cindy Lou Who, a kind-hearted young resident of Whoville
  • Rashida Jones as Donna Who, Cindy Lou’s overworked single mother
  • Kenan Thompson as Bricklebaum, a jolly citizen of Whoville who lives near The Grinch
  • Angela Lansbury as Mayor McGerkle, the Mayor of Whoville who oversees the tree-lighting ceremony
  • Pharrell Williams as the Narrator
  • Tristan O’Hare as Groopert, Cindy Lou’s best friend
  • Sam Lavagnino as Ozzy, one of Cindy Lou’s friends
  • Ramone Hamilton as Axl, one of Cindy Lou’s friends
  • Scarlett Estevez as Izzy, one of Cindy Lou’s friends whose mouth is mostly wrapped up in a scarf
  • Michael Beattie as a store clerk
  • Georgia Toffolo as Mrs. Toffee Apple
  • Bill Farmer as Sam, a bus driver.


The plot follows the Grinch and his pet dog Max who plan to stop Whoville’s Christmas celebration by stealing all the town’s decorations and gifts.

The Grinch Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Budget$75 million
Domestic Opening $67,572,855
Domestic Collection$272,242,291
International Collection$267,779,471
Worldwide Collection$540,029,016

About The Grinch Movie:

The Grinch, also known as Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, is an animated Christmas comedy film produced by Illumination and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the third screen adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, following the 1966 television special and the 2000 live-action feature-length film, and marks Illumination’s second Dr. Seuss film adaptation, after The Lorax in 2012.

The film was directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney (in the former’s feature directorial debut) and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, from a screenplay written by Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow. The film stars the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character, with Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury (in her last voice acting role before her death in 2022), and Pharrell Williams, who serves as the narrator.

The film was announced in 2013, and by 2016, Cumberbatch was cast as the titular character, and Cheney and Peter Candeland were set to direct. However, in 2018, Mosier took over Candeland’s position as co-director. Danny Elfman composed the score, and Tyler, the Creator wrote and performed a song.

The animation was created by Illumination Mac Guff in Paris, France. Several software programs were used in creating the film’s CGI characters including Maya, ZBrush, and Nuke as well as in-house software. A 3D CGI model of the town of Whoville through which a virtual camera could travel was crafted using Maya, ZBrush, Foundry’s Mari, and Allegorithmic’s Substance Painter.

The Grinch was released in the United States on November 9, 2018. It grossed over $526 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing Christmas film of all time, as well as the highest-grossing Dr. Seuss film adaptation. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the animation and the vocal performances (particularly from Cumberbatch), but criticized the lack of creative license.

This was the final Dr. Seuss film adaptation to be released during the lifetime of Seuss’s widow Audrey Geisel, who served as executive producer of the film and died on December 19, 2018, five weeks after the film’s release.