Today we have Dr. Seuss The Grinch Being Jolly shirt. Everyone in Whoville is excited for Christmas, except for the cave-dwelling creature the Grinch. Fed up with the annual festivities, he begins devising a sinister plan to end Christmas for good. Released under the Illumination banner, the bare minimum people expect of The Grinch is first-rate animation. Here, Dr. Seuss’ classic story receives the type of bright animated makeover that honors the late author’s rich imagination. Due to technological advancement, Whoville’s got more depth and scope than Chuck Jones’ 60’s TV special. Thankfully, it’s also less dour than Jim Carrey’s version. There’s just more air of childlike effervescence to the realm than ever before, which encapsulates the jolly good time of the season.
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But then, animation can only go as far. It’s the story that matters. Unfortunately, the Grinch is a case of trying to lengthen a story that is best served in short film format. Where in 25 minutes the story seems lean, in 86 minutes, with the additional subplots, it’s a slog. It doesn’t help with the bland characters on display. They try to create some jolly atmosphere with their quirks, but the emotions come off as too artificial for us to care. But this is Dr. Seuss The Grinch Being Jolly shirt. Plus, it’s made more difficult when the film only has first-grade juvenile humor going for it. But the biggest issue with the Grinch is its titular character. Sure, the Grinch does have that odd sense of humor and charm about him that’s hard not to like. At the same time, as a Christmas hater, he’s also supposed to be repulsive and mean-spirited. 2018’s the Grinch is just too cute to look the part of a bad guy.
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The Grinch is coming to the 30th Annual Dixon Christmas Walk and he’s bringing some Christmas Cash with him! Join the Grinch himself for this year’s “Grinch’s Christmas Parade”. Put on your jingle bells and your elf ears. Get in the holiday spirit and earn some of the Grinch’s Christmas Cash! Christmas Cash will be awarded to the most festive in each age group with additional Christmas Cash being given to the most festive overall. Not to mention Benedict Cumberbatch’s miscasting. Cumberbatch has proven himself to be a talented voice artist in the past, but he missed the mark here. That’s Dr. Seuss The Grinch Being Jolly shirt. Where he should have been broader, more over-the-top, his voice is just too gentlemanly to sell the Christmas-hating aspect of the character. The Grinch has cutesy, colorful Seussian imagery, but does little with it in a bloated retelling that’s squandered by flat storytelling, unnecessary subplots, excessive juvenile humor and Cumberbatch’s misguided take on the character.