[[caption-width-right:330: You're a bad banana with a... greasy black peel!]]

->''"You're a mean one, Mister Grinch!\\
You really are a heel!\\
You're as cuddly as a cactus!\\
You're as charming as an eel!\\
Mister Griii-INCH!"''

An animated ChristmasSpecial based upon [[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas the book of the same name]]. It was directed by Creator/ChuckJones, with Creator/BorisKarloff providing the voice of both the eponymous Grinch and the narrator. The special follows the plot of the original book closely. It was originally broadcast on Creator/{{CBS}} on December 18, 1966, and since then has been regarded as one of the classic TV Christmas specials.

Followed by ''WesternAnimation/HalloweenIsGrinchNight''.

!!Includes examples of:

* AbnormalLimbRotationRange / ExorcistHead: The Grinch turns his head around when the Narrator says it "wasn't screwed on just right".
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted. The Grinch of the books (and most other adaptations) is basically a furrier, more mischievous looking version of the Whos. Jones' redesign is much more disheveled and sinister looking, separating him greatly from their cutesy aesthetics.
* AdaptationDyeJob: His fur was white in the book; it becomes green for the first time here. This change was [[RetCanon kept by Seuss in all later renditions of the character.]]
* AdaptationExpansion: The special follows the book quite closely, but because it's a cartoon, a lot of cartoonish antics are thrown in that weren't present in the original book, such as the wacky sled ride down the mountain that has definite shades of a "WesternAnimation/WileECoyote Acme invention gone wrong", as well as the scene where the Grinch "gains the strength of ten Grinches plus two."
* AscendedExtra: Max has a more prominent role than in the original book.
* AsideGlance: Due to Creator/ChuckJones being the director, Mr. Grinch does this several times. Though it could also be explained away by saying the Grinch is a tad insane. Max the dog also does it a few times.
* BabyTalk: At one point in the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", the singer calls the Grinch "a nasty-wasty skunk".
* BadSanta: The Grinch's plan has him disguise himself as Santa while stealing the Whos' presents and decorations.
* CanisLatinicus: The Whos' "Welcome Christmas" song, with its Latinish-sounding lyrics.
* CardCarryingVillain: The Grinch was one of these before his HeelFaceTurn, to the point that you can easily picture "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" being sung from his point of view as EvilGloating.
* CheshireCatGrin: The Grinch's face breaks into a suspicious smile when he first hits on his scheme to impersonate Santa, that it approaches a full-on SlasherSmile.
* TheChewToy: Something hilariously terrible is ''always'' happening to poor Max.
* ChimneyEntry: There is a cutaway view of a Whoville chimney with the Grinch attempting to descend it. His progress is problematic at first, but as his Whoville heists continue, it's clear the Grinch has gotten the hang of it.
* ChristmasCarolers: The one thing the Grinch hates most of all is when all the Whos down in Whoville gather together, and start caroling around the Christmas tree.
* DeathGlare: The Grinch has a habit of fixing Max with threatening scowls when the latter is goofing off.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The Grinch's only motivation for ruining the holiday is being disturbed by the noises of the Christmas celebration.
* ExcitedShowTitle: Like the book, the title is ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas!'', with the exclamation point.
* EyeColorChange: When the Grinch turns good at the end his eyes change from red to blue.
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: Although the Grinch was depicted with the evil eyes a few more times after his HeelFaceTurn. [[DependingOnTheArtist Colorists can be blamed for that mistake]].
* GrimUpNorth: The Grinch lives "just north of Whoville", and his lair is pretty icy (although that may just be because it's winter and most of the way up the 10,000 foot tall Mt. Crumpit.)
* TheGrinch: The title character starts out despising Christmas. He is the trope namer after all.
* HeelFaceTurn: Currently provides the Trope Image! The Grinch has a [[HeelRealization you-really-are-a-heel]]-face turn at the end when he decides to become a good guy after realizing the true meaning of Christmas.
* LogoJoke: The special was produced by [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]] Television, and the studio's VanityPlate is spoofed with Literature/TheCatInTheHat standing in for Leo the Lion.
* MatchCut: Done several times in the sequence where the Grinch talks about the Whos’ Christmas. For example, the scene dissolves from a close-up of the Grinch’s eyes to a pair of doors that some Who children go through. And in the end, Cindy Lou’s strawberry becomes one of the Grinch‘s pupils.
* MatryoshkaObject: One waiter serves another waiter, and so on, until Cindy Lou Who gets a strawberry.
* {{Narrator}}: Creator/BorisKarloff narrates the special.
* NonHumanSidekick: Max the Dog, though the Grinch himself isn't exactly human either.
* NonIndicativeTitle: Despite the title, the Grinch never steals Christmas (despite his best efforts).
* NotableOriginalMusic: "Welcome Christmas", "Trim Up the Tree", and (of course) "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch".
* OhCrap: The Grinch's HeelFaceTurn is harshly interrupted when he realizes the presents he stole are about to fall off the mountain top.
* OhCrapSmile: Max gives a great one, along with a friendly wave, as he unexpectedly winds up face-to-face with the Grinch after a loop-de-loop during their descent down to Whoville.
* OverthetopChristmasDecorations: The Whos at the beginning of the movie had a song about extravagant Christmas display:
-->''"Trim every blesséd needle on the blesséd Christmas tree."''
-->''"Christmas come tomorrow. Trim you, trim me!"''
* PaperThinDisguise: This ugly cave creature puts on a red coat and Santa hat. Boom! He automatically looks "just like Saint Nick." The only person who actually sees him is a two-year-old girl.
** It's even worse in that the red coat and hat were made out of drapes from the Grinch's lair. Let's hope that "[[Film/TheAvengers2012 his mother doth not know about his weareth her drapes.]]"
* PlummetPerspective: An ornament falls off the steep cliff.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Grinch himself is a rotten guy with red eyes. After his HeelFaceTurn his eyes turn blue.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UGAi2mj07mY/U26mCpLldTI/AAAAAAAABuA/8knnJDd3fz0/s1600/wavebyemaxdog.gif Max]], especially when next to the Grinch, is a really endearing creature.
* SavingChristmas: Inverted; in fact, the inversion of this trope is essentially the whole premise of the story. However, it's then played straight when the Grinch ends up Saving Christmas at the end.
** Also Deconstructed, as the ending reveals that Christmas was never in danger to begin with.
* SecurityCling: Max clings tightly to the Grinch mid-way through their sled ride down to Whoville.
* ShrunkenOrgan: The Grinch's heart is shown to be two sizes too small.
* SlasherSmile: When the Grinch had a wonderful, awful idea, he has a creepy grin.
* SlipperyAsAnEel: According to the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", the Grinch is actually "cuddly as a cactus and charming as an eel."
* SophisticatedAsHell: The Villain song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" is the epitome of this trope, especially with the line, "Your soul is an appalling dump heap, overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of deplorable rubbish imaginable, all mangled up in tangled-up knots".
* TheStrengthOfTenMen: Er, ten grinches, or rather, ten-plus-two, after realizing the TrueMeaningOfChristmas.
* UpToEleven: Inverted in the beginning as the Grinch's heart is two sizes smaller than what a normal one should be. Played straight by the end, as it's not only grown to a normal size, but ''one size farther!''
* VillainProtagonist: The Grinch, up until the end.
* TheVillainSucksSong: "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch". An interesting case, as the Grinch's [[CardCarryingVillain initial personality]] would easily have made it a straight-up VillainSong had he sung it himself (which he does in the [[Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas live-action adaptation]]).
* WhenHeSmiles: The Grinch smiles a pleasant smile after changing his ways.
* YouMonster: One verse of ''You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch'' begins, "You're a monster, Mr. Grinch".