A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
After doing some very mean things, the Grinch learns that Christmas is about more than gifts and presents. It's about love. Additional themes include humility and gratitude.
Positive Role Models
At first the Grinch is mean, cruel, and bad, but he learns and becomes good.
Violence & Scariness
The Grinch's dog, Rex, is slammed into snow drifts and run over by the sleigh.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas is an animated version of the classic children's tale -- read line-by-line by Boris Karloff -- with moments of extremely mild peril. The Grinch's dog is treated poorly -- slammed into snow drifts and run over by the sleigh. And very young or sensitive children may become a little upset at the Grinch stealing all the Whos' Christmas presents. But there's far more to recommend in this perennial favorite than there is to worry about. It's a classic that's practically required holiday viewing for families that celebrate Christmas. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Forget those nasty Christmas movies that are too cynical and cool to be heartwarming, and settle your family down for a viewing of this classic animated special. This retelling of the beloved Theodore Geisel book, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas is true to its roots and its heartwarming moral. It's a sweet, soothing story, nearly the polar opposite of movies like Jingle All the Way or even the classic A Christmas Story, with their focus on consumerism. This 30-minute cartoon will introduce a new generation to the adorably put-up dog; the nasty, green face of the Grinch; and the angelic Cindy Lou Who. And it will have youngsters bopping along to great songs like "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." Kids are likely to howl in delight at descriptions like, "You have termites in your smile. You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile!"
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.