Check out the first footage from Illumination Entertainment’s “The Grinch”!
Easily one of my most anticipated movies of 2018 is The Grinch. I grew up with the Dr. Seuss books and “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” was always one of my favorites. It also helped that there was an animated movie featuring the voice talent of Karloff The Uncanny, himself! I had a love for all things green, especially if they were monsters. So aside from DC’s Swamp Thing and Universal’s Gill-Man, The Grinch was naturally on that list. In the year 2000, aside from it being the millennium and Y2K and all, the major aspect of that year was the release of Ron Howard’s live action adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss story. I had all the figures and my father and I played the wonderful video game almost every single day. The Grinch is not only one of my favorite children stories, but he’s one of my most loved of monsters. He’s green, he’s furry, he’s sometimes mean, and he is a Christmas monster originally voiced by the man who brought to life Frankenstein’s Monster and The Mummy.
Universal and Illumination Entertainment presented the first look at The Grinch during the Winter Olympics, currently airing on NBC. You could view it below:
The Grinch retains a similar animation aesthetic that was widely celebrated in the studio’s previous films Despicable Me and Minions. In The Grinch Winter Olympics themed tv spot, we get our first full body look at The Grinch and his faithful friend and dog, Max. Both look very close to the original illustrations in the Dr. Seuss book. If you also look closely, you’ll notice a framed picture of Mt. Crumpit. Directed by Pete Candeland and Yarrow Cheney, the film’s only known voice talent thus far is Benedict Cumberbatch as The Grinch. While the film doesn’t open until November 9th, Universal and Illumination have steadily been teasing The Grinch with a first image last year, along with an Easter Egg on an appearance throughout Despicable Me 3, and a parade float during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
Are you excited to see “The Grinch”? Do you consider him a Universal Monster like I do? Let me know in the comments below.
“How The Grinch Stole Christmas” tells the tale of the Grinch who plots to ruin Christmas for the residents of his neighboring village of Whoville. Pete Candeland and and Yarrow Cheney are directing.
Michael LeSieur is adapting the script with Meledandri, Janet Healy and Scott Mosier producing. Audrey Geisel and Chris Renaud exec produce.
“How The Grinch Stole Christmas” opens November 9, 2018.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)