Benedict Cumberbatch is the Grinch in New Trailer from Illumination

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With animated Seuss movies like Horton Hears a Who and The Lorax, it was high time before they made a modern adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Now we have a new trailer for The Grinch, and he's just as despicable as ever.

Here's the official description of the film:


For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, it's a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism.

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Who-ville when he runs out of food.

Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.

Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who—a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer—plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch's more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all?

Find out, Christmas season 2018.

A lot of fans in the comments have commented that the Grinch here is very common to another Illumination villain, Gru from Despicable Me; but they forget that the Grinch was one of the first original grumpy antagonist—before that, it was Ebenezer Scrooge.

The film actually look a bit of fun, what with the updated humor and visuals. A lot of people may love Jim Carrey's version of the film, but that was probably the only live-action Seuss movie to perform well in the box office. Everything just went caput after Cat in the Hat.

The Grinch comes out Nov. 9.

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