What happens when The Cat in the Hat
meets the title character of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
? The answer appears in this animated television special, produced by Marvel Productions in 1982. Originally titled The Cat in the Hat Gets Grinched
, it was the last new television special based on the works of Dr. Seuss
until the animated adaptation of The Butter Battle Book
seven years later.
Things start out on a typical day in the lives of the two title characters. The Grinch, under orders from his own reflection in the mirror, is out making people's lives miserable when he suddenly crosses paths with the Cat in the Hat, who is out trying to have a picnic. The Cat unwittingly incurs the wrath of the Grinch, who then proceeds to make the Cat's day miserable by building devices with which to warp the sounds of the Cat's voice, and those of other animals, and darken the Cat's surroundings. The Cat grows upset with the Grinch's hijinks and tries to figure out how to put a stop to it all.
- Animation Bump: The animation isn't quite up to where it was in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but it's significantly better than the very cheap-looking animation that made up most of Grinch Night, and about on par with the first Cat in the Hat animated special.
- Similar to how Chuck Jones added his own recognizable charm to the first special, Friz Freleng's influence is very obvious in some parts of the animation.
- Berserk Button: The Grinch doesn't take kindly to being called "Mr. Greenface".
- Bowdlerise: Some VHS releases cut out the second half of the car chase.
- Card-Carrying Villain: After a look in the mirror, the Grinch is very adamant in proving how Grinch-like he is.
- Chekhov's Gun: The picture of the Grinch's mother seen near the start might seem like a throwaway gag at first, but it ultimately turns out to be an important plot point.
- Cool Car: The Grinch's car. The Cat in the Hat also drives one.
- Crossover: Of two of Dr. Seuss' most iconic works.
- Cry Cute: The Grinch is almost unrecognizable after being moved to tears by the Cat's final number.
- Disney Acid Sequence: The Grinch inflicts one of these on the Cat and the other patrons of the restaurant he's visiting.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: How the Cat ultimately foils the Grinch.
- Evil Laugh: The Grinch pulls one as he torments the Cat on several occasions.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: The Grinch starts out just as pleasant as he was at the end of his original appearance, but one conversation with his reflection in the mirror turns him evil again. The Cat manages to redeem him again and when his reflection tries to talk him back into evil, The Grinch more or less tells him where to stick it.
- Actually, it was Max using the Grinch's sound device that shuts him up.
- The Man in the Mirror Talks Back
- Manly Tears: The Grinch as a result of the Cat's moving song.
- Nice Hat: No kidding, The Cat keeps a number of them on a rack.
- Villain Song: The Grinch gets an original one called "Master of Everyone's Ears".