"And what happened then? Well, in Whoville, they say that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day."
"He hadn't stopped Christmas from coming. It came. Somehow or other, it came just the same."
"...then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. 'Maybe Christmas,' he thought, 'doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more'."
Having talented-voiced Boris Karloff narrating the animated special makes it all work for the better.
In the animated special, where Cindy Lou makes sure Max gets a big slice of roast beast for himself, something he so deserves after all the abuse the Grinch put him through in the story.
Even better in the live-action version, in which Max gets his own chair at the table right next to Cindy.
Max looks incredibly cute and eager when he thinks he's going to be riding in the sleigh, not pulling it.
Meta: due to an editing error, Thurl Ravenscroft was not credited for singing "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch." Dr. Seuss personally wrote to every single major news source that planned to write about the special asking that Thurl be given his well-deserved credit.
In the movie, the Grinch and Cindy are careening down Mt. Crumpet on a runaway sled and Cindy, clearly frightened, screams that they're going to crash. The Grinch proves his newly-big-heart...in his own way:
Grinch: Now you listen to me young lady. Even if we're horribly mangled...there'll be no sad faces on Christmas!
And as they enter Whoville, they're screaming - with huge smiles.
When Cindy's dad stops the sled from crashing by himself (with a little help from Martha May and Betty Lou).
The movie also makes the "ten Grinches plus two" scene even more heartwarming. The Grinch struggles to save the sleigh from falling, but eventually decides that they are, after all, just presents and not the real spirit of Christmas. Then he see Cindy pop up from the sleigh. She came up to him because "no one should be alone on Christmas." She gives the Grinch the strength he needed to save the day.
The look on his face when she says "No one should be alone on Christmas". The Grinch realizes that someone (possibly for the first time in his life) cares about him.
The realization of the true meaning of Christmas in the movie adaption is also rather heart-warming. The slow narration and soothing musical score while the Grinch starts to slowly realize it in the realistic icy-cold snow helps the audience see the same ending we all know and love in a different way.... Until his sudden heart attack strikes a Mood Whiplash out of nowhere
Mayor May-Who: Cindy, I hope you're proud of what you've done.
(cut to Cindy looking sad)
Lou: If she isn't, I am. I'm glad he took all the presents.
Mayor May-Who: Heís glad, youíre glad. Youíre glad everything is-is gone, youíre glad that the Grinch virtually wrecked- no, no, no, no not wrecked, pulverized Christmas. Is that what Iím hearing from you, Lou?
Lou: You canít hurt Christmas, Mr. Mayor, because it isnít about the-the gifts or the contests or the fancy lights. That-thatís what Cindyís been trying to tell everyone. And me, what sheís been trying to tell me.
Mayor May-Who: What is wrong with you? This is a child!
Lou:Sheís my child. And she happens to be right, by the way. I donít need anything more for Christmas than this right here, my family. Merry Christmas everybody!
This causes those nog-socking cheer-loving mongers to realize it's Christmas with or without their packages.
And afterwards, the Whos very quickly forgive the Grinch for his antics:
The Grinch: I am the Grinch that stole Christmas... and I'm sorry. *beat* Aren't you going to cuff me? Put me in a choke hold? Blind me with pepper spray?
Mayor Augustus Maywho: You heard him, Officer. He admitted it. I'd go with the pepper spray.
Officer Wholihan: Yes, I heard him all right. He said he was sorry.
The Grinch's first act upon his HeelĖFace Turn in the live action movie, is to hug his much abused dog, Max. Of course he cuts it short when he milks it.
Behind the scenes example: To make Jim into the Grinch, they had to cover him with yak-hair, a process that was extremely uncomfortable. Ron Howard (who directed the movie) took notice of this and one day came to work in the same makeup to share Jim's pain. Jim was very touched by the gesture.
For the animated special, the design of Cindy-Lou was based on Chuck Jones' granddaughter Valerie.
How about when Martha May, who always had a crush on the Grinch, officially chose him over the Mayor. And she does so with confidence and no hesitation.
Martha even corrects the Grinch when they sing Whoville Song with the rest of the Whos.
When the Grinch carves the Christmas turkey, she stands next to him.
In the live-action movie, Cindy Lou invites the Grinch to a Christmas celebration and for a moment, he actually enjoys himself, at least until the Mayor decided to kick him. He even gets to see his moms again!
Mom 1: We've missed you!
Speaking of the reunion scene, we see the humorous moment of the Grinch's mothers (and others, including his old school teacher) dressing him in a gaudy Christmas sweater. I repeat, they dress him in a sweater of his exact size. This implies that his mothers, as soon as they heard of his nomination, had knitted him a sweater, or had bought him one. Not to mention the fact that even after all his mischief, his mothers still love him!
At the end, Cindy Lou gives the Grinch a kiss on the cheek.
The young Grinch gets really into building a handmade angel Christmas tree topper for Martha for the school gift exchange. Too bad it ended so horribly for him.
The Japanese poster for the movie. Just like the American teaser poster, it features The Grinch's hand holding a broken Christmas tree ornament, only with the addition of another hand (most likely Cindy Lou's) holding the ornament's broken piece.