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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Heartwarming TV special is true to Seuss' classic book.

Movie NR 1966 26 minutes
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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!"

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