How The Grinch Stole Christmas

You’re a mean one…Mr. Grinch. I first posted this in 2018…It’s not Christmas without the Grinch…

The cartoon was released in 1966 and has been shown every year since. This one along with Rudolph, Charlie Brown, and a few more were a part of Christmas. These specials would prime you for the big day.

One cool thing about the cartoon was that Boris Karloff was the narrator. Thurl Ravenscroft (voice of Tony the Tiger) sang the great song “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch. ”

The citizens of Whoville looked and acted like the others of Dr. Suess’s universe. They were all getting ready for Christmas while a certain someone…or thing looked down from Mt. Crumpit. The Grinch has hated Christmas for years and sees the Whovillians getting ready for Christmas and is determined once and for all to put an end to it.

He dresses up as Santa Clause and makes his poor dog Max act as a reindeer to swoop down and steal Christmas. The Grinch sleds down the hill almost killing Max and they soon reach Whoville. He is busted by one kid…Cindy Lou Who, who asks him questions as the Grinch took her family tree. He lies to her and sends her to bed.

In the morning after he has everything including “The Roast Beast,” he listens for the sorrow to begin.

You need to watch the rest or rewatch…

A live-action remake came out in 2000 but I still like this one the best. You cannot replicate Boris Karloff.

The Budget – Coming in at over $300,000, or $2.2 million in today’s dollars, the special’s budget was unheard of at the time for a 26-minute cartoon adaptation. For comparison’s sake, A Charlie Brown Christmas’s budget was reported as $96,000, or roughly $722,000 today (and this was after production had gone $20,000 over the original budget).

You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch The famous voice actor and singer, best known for providing the voice of Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger, wasn’t recognized for his work in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Because of this, most viewers wrongly assumed that the narrator of the special, Boris Karloff, also sang the piece in question. Upset by this oversight, Geisel personally apologized to Ravenscroft and vowed to make amends. Geisel went on to pen a letter, urging all the major columnists that he knew to help him rectify the mistake by issuing a notice of correction in their publications.

Mr Grinch

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch
You really are a heel
You’re as cuddly as a cactus
You’re as charming as an eel
Mr. Grinch
You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel
You’re a monster, Mr. Grinch
Your heart’s an empty hole
Your brain is full of spiders
You’ve got garlic in your soul, Mr Grinch
I wouldn’t touch you with a
Thirty-nine and a half foot pole

You’re a vile one, Mr. Grinch
You have termites in your smile
You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile
Mr Grinch
Given the choice between the two of you
I’d take the seasick crocodile

You’re a foul one, Mr. Grinch
You’re a nasty wasty skunk
Your heart is full of unwashed socks
Your soul is full of gunk
Mr Grinch

The three best words that best describe you
Are as follows, and I quote”

You’re a rotter Mr Grinch
You’re the king of sinful sots
Your heart’s a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots
Mr Grinch

Your soul is an appalling dump heap
Overflowing with the most disgraceful
Assortment of deplorable rubbish imaginable
Mangled up in tangled up knots

You nauseate me, Mr Grinch
With a nauseous super nos
You’re a crooked jerky jockey and
You drive a crooked horse
Mr Grinch

You’re a three-decker sauerkraut
And toadstool sandwich
With arsenic sauce


Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

25 thoughts on “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”

      1. Ha. Well I wish this was the time I didn’t one you up. lol
        This is par for the course living in these parts so we get this every year but not this crazy as its going through all of Ontario and Quebec which is crazy.

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      2. We’re prepared as earlier this year we got a new furnace so we’re good. I’m toasty warm right now. lol
        When its -28 you can’t even stay outside for any long periods of time or you can get frostbite. I went outside cleared a bit of snow and came back in after 10 minutes. Can’t overdue it as well as I’m no spring chicken lol

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      3. Our central air…which is new…is trying it’s best to keep up. No…I can’t imagine that cold man. Don’t feel alone in the spring chicken department.
        Hell even our Saint Bernard did her business and got the hell back inside this morning.

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      4. I don’t miss those winters, that’s for sure! I’m tempted to ask is it -28C or -28F, but that’s close to the point where it makes no difference! Here, it was -12C this morning when I got up…which is crazy cold for central Texas. At least we have a furnace, quite a few older houses around here don’t.

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      5. Dave….your weather surprises me more than Dekes! Where you live I would have NEVER thought that…hell Nashville is bad enough.

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  1. Until recently, voice actors tended to be pretty anonymous. We may have known their voices but not their names. I was at a movie with my best friend when a trailer came on. He leaned over and whispered, “That’s my dad’s voice.” His dad was an anonymous (to most of the world) Shakespearean actor and was the narrator of “Dark Shadows” on TV.

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  2. Great lyrics that would have a kid rolling in the aisles. And what happened to that balmy warm and welcoming Southern state weather????? Brrrr! I maintain anything under 0 degrees is not bearable.

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    1. It is unbearable obbverse. Our new central air will NOT keep up with it. Woke up and it was 61 degrees in here. Right now it has risen to a toasty 5 degrees.

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      1. Saying ‘stay frosty’ would be a tad insensitive then, so I’ll hope you can stay warm. Rug up, but man- what a cold cold Christmas. My brother in Ohio has battened down the hatches.

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      2. Thanks! Time to huddle with the Saint Bernard. Yea Ohio would probably get much worse out of all of this. I’m surprised Dave is getting this weather since he lives so far south.
        Tomorrow it’s warming up to the 20s! That will be balmy!

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  3. There’s no need to remake this. For all its imperfections, this is a wonderful Christmas show. You’d never be able to replicate the narration by Boris Karloff, the singing by Thurl Ravenscroft, and the drawings that came right from the book.

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