How Many The Grinch Movies Are There?

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
Credit: MGM Television

Along with the Home Alone movies, The Grinch is another classic Christmas movie that people enjoy watching over the holidays. Some people even related to The Grinch character simply because they feel grumpy during this season.

If you're planning to binge-watch The Grinch movies this holiday season, we put together a list of the different movies in the franchise. So how many The Grinch movies are there?

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How Many The Grinch Movies Are There?

Jim Carrey as The Grinch in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2000)
Credit: Universal Pictures

There are a total of three The Grinch movies that have been adapted from Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. The book series was originally published in 1957 as a children's book. After that, the book was adapted into an animated film called How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

This was succeeded by a feature film that starred Jim Carrey in 2000 with the same title. This movie gave a more detailed explanation why The Grinch hated Christmas. It was also the most popular version.

Lastly, the most recent version is The Grinch, another animated movie that starred Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the green, furry monster.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
Credit: MGM Television
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One of the things people enjoy about this animation is that it is a short and sweet retelling of Dr. Seuss' book. The movie featured the animation of Chuck Jones and the voice of Boris Karloff as both the narrator and the Grinch.

Those who grew up with this The Grinch version can remember Cindy Lou Who as a toddler who was "no more than two".

Another thing people recall with this version is that it was featured in Home Alone. Kevin McCallister (played by Macaulay Culkin) watched the movie in the basement on his first day alone.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2000)

Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2000)
Credit: Universal Pictures
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Directed by Ron Howard, the 2000 movie dives further into the reason why the Grinch (played by Jim Carrey) hates Christmas so much. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! also takes away the idea that the Grinch is the villain in the story. Instead, it's a classic tale of a bullied boy who grew up with issues.

Another thing that makes this version different from the previous one is that Cindy Lou Who (played by Taylor Momsen) is actually older than two years old. In this iteration, she is actually an elementary school girl who helps the Grinch stand up to his bullies.

The Grinch (2018)

Benedict Cumberbatch voices The Grinch in The Grinch (2018)
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More recently, a third animation film of The Grinch was released in 2018 with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the main character. Although the Grinch is still a mean character, he has more emotion in this film.

This version also comes with a pretty impressive soundtrack, with the iconic scene of the Grinch playing Celine Dion's All by Myself on a keyboard.

Which The Grinch movie is your favorite?



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