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.
  • Channel Hop: Originally run on CBS for over 30 years, ABC got the special during the Turn of the Millennium and would often run it in double-features with the 2000 film. In 2015 the rights went to NBC, making it possibly the first Christmas special to have been on all of the original Big Three networks at some point or other.
  • 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 and (as of 2015) NBC broadcasts cut the special down to the bare minimum to make room for more ads, 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 such as TBS and Cartoon Network, which show the special uncut, probably due to being cable networks that can make revenue off cable subscriptions in addition to ads. NBC also restored The Grinch to its original runtime in 2016, in honor of its 50th anniversary.
  • He Also Did: Boris Karloff did the narration and the Grinch's voice.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Chuck Jones and Dr. Seuss had previously worked together on the Private Snafu cartoons and it's widely agreed that their friendship is what convinced Seuss to begrudgingly sign over the rights for the special.
  • 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.
    • More a case of "What Could Have Not Been": Seuss originally had his mind set on avoiding Hollywood like the plague after his own troubled history with it (the Executive Meddling on The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, only getting $50 for the rights to Horton Hatches The Egg for the Looney Tunes adaptation). Had his friend Chuck Jones not continued to twist his arm, the cartoon would likely never have been made.

The movie: