OPINION: How the Grinch stole the theaters

OPINION: How the Grinch stole the theaters

On Nov. 9, 2018, Universal Pictures released an animated adaptation of the original “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” renamed to be “Dr. Seuss’: The Grinch”. The studio transformed from a live-action production to a fully-animated movie to recap the classic holiday story.

After arriving into 4,141 theaters in North America, Universal Studios took in over $66 million after only the first weekend. Ticket booths are bound to set them into profit with only a $75 million budget.

You can buy tickets to see this newest edition of “The Grinch” here.

“Dr. Seuss’: The Grinch”

Acting as their eight fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures took a modern spin on the classic and beloved, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.

Filling the screen with color and holiday cheer, this new movie tells the story of a grumpy, greedy and grumpy green monster who tries to fill the void by stealing Christmas. Whilst on this determined journey, the Grinch met a young girl who wants her mom’s stress to be relieved for Christmas.

Although this movie is a classic feel-good story based off of the classic aspects of this holiday tale, Universal Studios expanded the original ideas. 

The new “Dr. Seuss’: The Grinch” is a much more family-friendly, light-hearted version of the story. The animation’s very good quality also shows the work put into it by the production staff. While straying away from real actors in the original live-action production, this new movie creates a more warming atmosphere and an adoring celebration.

According to “Dr. Seuss’: The Grinch” movie’s official website, “it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism.”

Jim Carrey’s “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”

Created in 2000, Universal Studios produced a live-action movie of the classic tale, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”. After this production was made, musicals, plays and other performing arts have created their own versions.

Although based on the same idea, the two movies have their own takes on the story.

The live-action version is more focused towards an older, more mature audience who already understands this story.

Even though it is not currently on movie screens, you can watch this movie on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube and other streaming sites.

Music collaborators

This movie used much collaboration to produce the tunes throughout. In order to attract a larger crowd, popular artist Tyler The Creator produced one of the main songs in the movie, “You’re A Mean One”.

In order to increase quality, many other artists and musicians also combined their talents to add music to this production.

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Maddie Gamertsfelder, Co-Editor-in-Chief, 2019-2020
Maddie Gamertsfelder was a co-Editor-in-Chief on Manual RedEye for the 2019-20 staff. You can catch her on the lacrosse field, at a Y-club meeting, at Blaze Pizza. or hanging out with her friends. You can reach her at [email protected].
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