Trivia: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

The book:

  • Author Avatar: The Grinch to Dr. Seuss, not only because he was also a recluse. Seuss lived up on a hill in California and, every Christmas, would look down with distain upon the houses covered in cheesy lights and decorations below him.

The animated special:

  • Actor Allusion: Boris Karloff voices a green monster.
  • Edited for Syndication: For many years US network broadcasts deleted one of the "You're a Mean One" verses ("You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch...") as well as a genuinely disturbing moment in which the Grinch does his Slasher Smile while leering at several young Whos in their bed.
    • Later ABC broadcasts cut the special down to the bare minimum, keeping the important story parts, deleting many of the Visual Gags, as well as a shot of the Grinch cracking his whip while Max pulls the sleigh up Mt. Crumpet. Averted with broadcasts on the Turner networks, which show the special uncut.
  • He Also Did: Boris Karloff did the narration and the Grinch's voice.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: The Grinch Song is sung by Thurl Ravenscroft, who among many, many voices did those of Kirby in The Brave Little Toaster and Tony the Tiger.
  • What Could Have Been: According to Chuck Jones' daughter Linda, the original idea was to have Boris Karloff narrate, voice the Grinch, and perform the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", that is until Karloff informed Jones he can't actually sing, thus paving the way for Thurl Ravenscroft. Stage productions, and the live-action film would keep the idea of the Grinch's actor singing it though.

The movie: