Illumination's adaptation of Dr. Seuss' The Grinch gets a new poster featuring canine companion Max ahead of the film's first trailer. Since it was founded in 2007, Illumination Entertainment has made a name for itself in Hollywood thanks to their successful animated films - particularly their Despicable Me series that spawned the billion-dollar Minions spinoff. Beyond Despicable Me and Minions, Illumination has released critically and commercially successful pictures such as The Secret Life of Pets and Sing, as well as an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.
After the success of Despicable Me 3 in 2017 - which gave the animation studio its second picture to cross the $1 billion mark - Illumination is returning this year with Dr. Seuss' The Grinch. A feature-length adaptation of Dr. Seuss' children's book How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Illumination's film puts a slightly different spin on the classic story that has been adapted twice before. Now, Illumination releases a new teaser poster for The Grinch and the official synopsis ahead of the film's first trailer arriving tomorrow.
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Illumination previously released a poster for The Grinch featuring a young version of the titular character, but in the latest one-sheet he's all grown up and appropriately grouchy. The Grinch is also joined by his canine companion Max in the poster, his one and only friend when the story begins. Take a look at the poster and official film synopsis below:
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?
So far, the only member of the voice cast to be revealed is Benedict Cumberbatch as The Grinch, though the synopsis also confirms classic character Cindy-Lou Who will play a major role in the upcoming film. The synopsis also reveals certain changes Illumination's The Grinch has made to the classic story, such as giving Cindy-Lou a mission of her own and modernizing the tale with Cindy-Lou being the daughter of a single mother. Certainly Cindy-Lou's scheme to "trap Santa Claus" comes off a little dark for a children's story (and somewhat resembles Jack Skellington's plan for Santa in The Nightmare Before Christmas), but will likely veer more good-natured than it sounds.
Still, with two other adaptations of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! already in Hollywood canon - one a half-hour animated special, the other being the Jim Carrey-starring live-action version - it remains to be seen if moviegoers are open to yet another take on the story. The Dr. Seuss tale is a holiday classic, so there's undoubtedly a built-in fan base. Plus, Illumination has found great success in offering family-friendly animated adventures, and the studio's choice of Cumberbatch in the lead role will no doubt endear the film to older audiences.
Thankfully, we'll likely get a better idea of what to expect, and who else stars in the film, when the first trailer for The Grinch arrives tomorrow.