‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ Animated Remake in the Works

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how grinch stole christmas remake How the Grinch Stole Christmas Animated Remake in the Works

Illumination Entertainment and Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s widow, Audrey Geisel, have collaborated on the profitable computer-animated versions of the latter’s late husband’s books, Horton Hears a Who! and The Lorax. Their relationship continues on, with developing CGI feature-takes on The Cat in the Hat and, now, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, in addition to a Dr. Seuss biopic that Johnny Depp is backing.

Universal is distributing the animated Grinch retelling, which is currently seeking a screenwriter to transform the original illustrated story into a narrative that sustains a full-length feature. Nonetheless, insiders say this project is lining up to become the next Illumination/Seuss adaptation in theaters (even though Cat in the Hat has been in the planning for almost a year now).

Similar to Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas – telling the story of the eponymous green grump and his attempt to ruin the holidays for citizens of Who-ville – originated as one of Dr. Seuss’ popular children’s stories, before it went on to become a cherished animated short in 1966. Jump forward to the 21st century and both books were given a live-action makeover starring a not-so-kid-friendly comedic superstar (Jim Carrey, in the case of Ron Howard’s Grinch movie). While Howard’s film was a box office hit – grossing $345 million worldwide on a $123 million budget – it “helped” convince Audrey Geisel that her late husband’s work is better fit for the animation medium.

Variety is confirming that A. Geisel is executive producing (her third movie after Horton and Lorax), reteaming with Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri as producer. It’s worth noting the plan is to retain the three-act structure of Dr. Seuss’ source material, rather than incorporating new subplots and tangents to fill out the running time (a la Howard’s adaptation, which gave Carrey’s Grinch a backstory and love interest, among other things); though, there will surely be more development time devoted to characters like Cindy Lou Who, similar to how The Once-ler was fleshed out in The Lorax.

Ed Helms in Dr. Seuss The Lorax How the Grinch Stole Christmas Animated Remake in the Works

The Once-ler (voice of Ed Helms) in ‘The Lorax’

Directing duties are assigned to Pete Candeland, an animation veteran who got his start working on 1990s Disney cartoons like Bonkers and the Aladdin TV series spinoff, in addition to direct-to-video releases The Return of Jafar and Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas; he thereafter worked on music videos for The Gorillaz and is currently developing the Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride movie, but The Grinch marks his feature-length helming debut.

Regardless, after Horton Hears a Who!, Despicable Me and The Lorax (read our review), it’s apparent that Illumination has a set formula it uses for making an all-ages appropriate 3D animated feature; that includes, lots of bells and whistles for younger moviegoers – bright colors, extra-cutesy supporting characters, hyper-cartoony world physics – and a celebrity-voiced cast cracking the occasional ‘adult’ joke, for older viewers. However, with the Seuss adaptations so far, the important moral substance and life lessons have remained intact – thanks in no small part to Audrey Geisel’s ongoing efforts – and we expect as much to be true for this new animated Grinch. Take (or leave) that for what it’s worth.

More on How the Grinch Stole Christmas as the story develops.


Source: Variety

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  1. The original animated “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is an absolute classic, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.

    The original animated “The Cat in the Hat” is also an absolute classic, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it either.

    HOWEVER, both the Grinch and Cat in the Hat have not been done pure justice in the short-lived live action Seuss movies (I enjoy Grinch, but despise Cat in the Hat). So it doesn’t surprise me one bit that they’ll be adding these, along with “Horton Hears a Who!” and “The Lorax”, to the CGI animated Seuss series.

    Just…do it right

    • Agreed. Almost seems like sacrilege to mess with a classic such as this! Just do it right!

      • There is no doing it right. It could be a shot for shot remake using the same audio and people like my wife will still hate it. I just wish I didn’t have hear about it.

  2. WHY! It will die on its ass,just like the lorex,mmm let me think,the kids want to see the the grinch,will i (A)spend $50 at the movies or (B)spend $2 on the perfectly good live action version dvd from the bargin bin of a mega store.I can just see the studio excecutives sweating over the failure of the lorex,and saying i know! lets remake something from five minutes ago, cos that made money right.

    • How did lorax fail? It made almost $350 million worldwide on a $70 million budget. that seems like a success to me.

    • I really liked “The Lorax”, but not as much as “Horton Hears a Who!”. Simply because Horton seemed to capture the moral meaning better than any of the live-action and CGI Dr. Seuss movies as of right now

  3. Im willing to give it a try, i honestly dont think they could do any worse than their live-action counterparts. I like the Lorax for the most part, i was a bit displeased with the Oncler’s backstory and all the extra crap. Dont get me wrong, i liked his origin story, i just didnt like the fact that they put it in there even though it was never in the book along with all the other stuff (i.e. O’Hare Air Co., the love story, and the epilouge type thing) but its kinda understandable seeing as the book’s only a few pages and doesnt exactly have a ‘happy ending’ and they had to transform it into a movie that kids would like and parents would approve of

  4. I disliked how they treated the source material in, “The Lorax” so if this will be a similar re-imagining then I will pass.

    If you are going to tell the stories……TELL them as they are written. Embellish but don’t freakin’ change things like The Lorax.

    • Wow…

      You know, it’s not like they had the Lorax cutting down trees or Onceler selling Justa Beaver CD’s.

  5. This is an incredibly asinine thing to do.

  6. Live-action Grinch > The Lorax, if you ask me. But I enjoyed Horton, so this could work. It’s too bad they probably won’t even consider Jim Carrey for the role, even after his work on Horton.

    • Jim Carey is a washed up hack. Get real.

      ^ BestOpinion2013

      • I have to completely disagree with you. Jim Carrey is an incredibly talented man

        • He was until Hollywood and awards got to his small head.

          • It’s never gotten to his head…it’s the exact opposite. If you want to talk about a celebrity thats actually caring and concerned about whats going on with America, he talks about that stuff every day and sometimes makes excellent points

            • Funny though he is Canadian though

            • Yep. Canuck. And I agree that he’s sort of washed up. He tried to grow as an actor and found that he didn’t have that ability. SO he mugs now, because that’s his thing.

  7. i love the original cartoon and the live action movie wasn’t that bad. I enjoy watching them both when xmas rolls around. I dont have a problem with them doing an animation ala The Lorax or Horton, those were fun movies and I’m sure it’ll do well at the box office. Of course nothing will beat the original cartoon. Kids today might not be as familiar with the grinch as some of us grown ups so its not shocking they want to do an animated version of it.

  8. There’s no reason to update it. It is absolutely perfect as it is. It tells the story it wants to tell in a perfect way. Remaking it is only a moneygrab and will water down it’s message the way THE LORAX remake screwed up IT’S message. I frakken HATE Christmas…but that story absolutely sells the story of Christmas without change

  9. Wow, really? I was even talking about this the other day: “I hope they don’t remake The Grinch into a CG animated movie!” I LOVE the Grinch cartoon and the live-action film to pieces. Why bother making it again? except for a ca$hgrab.

  10. I cannot wait to see “The Grinch” by CGI animation

  11. NOOOOO!! They cant they have to make it real life and not computer animation this is going to ruin it.

  12. I think this will be great fun, I recommend Sacha Cohen