By Marshall DeRidder
The Grinch is a fictional character created by Dr. Seuss in 1957. He appeared as the villain in a children's book called, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Years later in 1966, the story was adapted into a popular animated television special of the same name. ("How the Grinch Stole Christmas").
In the story How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Grinch is a cold and heartless character who is irritated by joy and happiness. Disturbing peace, and spoiling other people's moments is his way of enjoyment. In Whoville, where the story takes place; he decides to sabotage Christmas and create a devious plot to steal everyone's holiday decorations and gifts on Christmas eve. The next morning, The Grinch was surprised to hear all of Whoville joyfully singing, knowing he had just stolen all of their gifts. He was so shaken of their response, his heart had all of sudden been touched and realized the true meaning of Christmas. The Grinch hurries to return and distribute his stolen goods throughout Whoville. Afterwards, he is happily accepted into their society, and reborn into a kinder self. Although the story ends with a happy ending, he is still known as a bitter and anti-Christmas character. ("How the Grinch Stole Christmas!").
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 1966 American animated television series directed by Chuck Jones. Based on the children's book, this is one of the very few 1960 animated Christmas specials to still be shown regularly on television. The 26 minute short was originally telecast on CBS on December 18, 1966. It was televised annually during Christmas season until 1987. Then in 2006, ABC began to broadcast it again during Christmas season. Today, it is annually being televised on TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, The WB Television, and ABC. The only additions today are the addition of color, the appearance of Grinch's dog Max, and the insertion of three songs: "Welcome Christmas," "Trim Up the Tree," and "Your'e A Mean One, Mr. Grinch." ("Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!").
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