The Grinch (film)

2018 animated film by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier

The Grinch (also known as Dr. Seuss' The Grinch) is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated Christmas comedy film produced by Illumination. Based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss book How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, it is the third screen adaptation of the story, following the television special from 1966 and the live-action feature-length film from 2000. It also marks Illumination's second Dr. Seuss film adaptation, following The Lorax (2012). It also stars the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch and narrated by Pharrell Williams.

Directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier. Written by Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow. Produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy.

The GrinchEdit

  • [repeated line] MAX!
  • I know just what to do; I'm going to steal their Christmas!
  • Genius starts with the abs, Max. It's go time!
  • Look at those greedy little gift monsters. Loading themselves up with Christmas junk!
  • [to a goat] Will you stop following us?! Shoo! Away! Go back to the goat farm! Go eat a can!
  • Uh... it was me. I stole your Christmas. I stole it, because I thought it would fix something that happened a long time ago. But it didn't. And I'm sorry. [walks up to Cindy-Lou] I'm so very sorry for everything. [walks away]
  • [from trailer as he and Max head to Whoville for the first time] Today we will do mean things, and we will do them in style!
  • This is the loudest snow I've ever heard in my life!
  • I specifically bought enough food to last me until January. How much emotional eating have I been doing?
  • If I'm gonna become Santa, then I need to get into character.
  • Today was grr-eat! We did mean things, and we did them in style.
  • I just met the strangest little Who girl.

Cindy-Lou WhoEdit

  • Hey. Why are you taking our Christmas tree?
  • They're not demands. It's more like a wish. And what I'm wishing is really, really important.


  • Yes, the Whos down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch in his cave north of Whoville... did not.
  • Yes, the Grinch hated Christmas, the whole Christmas season.
    Now please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
    It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
    But I think that the most likely reason of all, may have been that his heart was 2 sizes too small.


[Grinch pick up a pickle jar and pull out of lid, and eat a pickle]
Grinch: What's this?
Who Lady: Excuse me! Are you getting that? I need it for my Christmas stuffing.
Grinch: Mmm, no.
Who Lady: Well, that's not very nice. [Grinch drops it on the floor and it shatters, she stamps her foot] Oh, sugarplum!

Cindy-Lou Who: You alright, Mom?
Donna: Me? Oh, yes. Never better. Ah. What did you put down here anyway, a roller skate?
Cindy-Lou: No. Just better. Mrs. Wilbur and I made cookies.
Donna: Ah, that explains it. Come have some eggs.
Cindy-Lou: I can't. I gotta go mail something. But I made the beds and put away the twins' toys.
Donna: Thanks, sweetheart. You didn't have to do that.
Cindy-Lou: I don't mind.

Donna: Wait, where are you going, again?
Cindy-Lou: I told you, to mail a letter.
Donna: OK, but just come here first.
Cindy-Lou: Mom, I gotta go.
[Donna gives Cindy-Lou a silly look with her hand on her waist.]
Cindy-Lou: [sighed and approaches her mother] Alright...
Donna: [got down on one knee and gives Cindy a good luck kiss on her cheek] OK. Now you can go.

[Cindy-Lou accidentally runs over the Grinch with her inner tube]
Grinch: ARRGH!! What is wrong with you?! Didn't you see me?! I mean, if that was a sled, I, I, well I'd be dead!
Cindy-Lou: I'm sorry for bumping into you, but this is really important. Have you seen my letter?
Grinch: [growls in frustration, takes the tube off his torso] And that, right there, Max, is the true nature of the Who child. Just right to, "Me, me, me. My letter. Me, me, me."
Cindy-Lou: No! You don't understand. This isn't just a letter. This is the letter.
Grinch: [sarcastically; turns to face her] Oh, really? Let me guess. Small child, December 20th, rapidly searching for a "REALLY IMPORTANT" lost letter? Might it be your list of demands to Santa?
Cindy-Lou: They're not demands! It's more like a wish. And what I'm wishing for is really, really important.
Grinch: Well then, why send a letter? I mean, if it's really that important, you should just ask him face-to-face. [mockingly] Oh, but that's right! No one's ever seen him! My bad. [turns to leave] C'mon, Max. Let's get outta here.
[Max looks at Cindy-Lou and follows the Grinch]
Cindy-Lou: [waves to Max] Bye, doggy.

Grinch: [mourning by his organ] Why? For 53 years, I've put up with it now. I must stop this Christmas from coming. But how? [slams his head on the organ; Max feels sorry for him. The Grinch plays a single note on the organ twice]
Narrator: Then he got an idea.
An awful idea.
The Grinch got a wonderful, awful idea.
Grinch: [smiling wickedly] I know just what to do. I'm going to steal their Christmas! [takes a cup and makes it disappear; he plays the organ in a dramatic way; as the smoke passes, he climbs up the stairs to the window] ALL the trimmings, ALL the trappings, ALL their gifts and garlands! When they wake and see it's gone, then all their joy and happiness will be gone as well! [lightning strikes as Max cringes in fear] So prepare yourself, Max! For tomorrow, WE BEGIN! [echoes as lightning strikes again]

[the Grinch and Max head down to the workshop; the Grinch grabs a pointer]
Grinch: And now, the question we have all been waiting for... How will I steal Christmas? Well, prepare to have your little doggy mind blown. Poof! [the Grinch pushes a giant billboard with the pointer and it tilts over to the other side revealing the words "Santa Claus" written on it] TA-DA! [chuckles] That's right! I become... Santa Claus! [Max grunts confusedly] But instead of giving all the joy and happiness, I'll take it away! If he can deliver Christmas to the whole world in one night, then I can certainly steal it from little old Whoville. I mean, come on. What's Santa have that I don't?
[Max barks]
Grinch: [frowns] That's hurtful.

Donna: How did I get such a wonderful daughter like you?
Cindy-Lou: I don't know. Sometimes you just get lucky.
Donna: If so, then I really did.
Cindy-Lou: So did I. I love you, Mom.
Donna: I love you too, sweetheart.

Grinch: Well, everyone, I just wanted to say that I've spend my entire life hating Christmas and everything about it, but then I see it wasn't Christmas I hated, it was being alone… but I'm not alone anymore and I have all of you to thank for it, especially this little girl right here. Ma'am, your daughter's kindness changed my life.
Donna: That's my little girl.
Bricklebaum: Oh, that was beautiful! That's my best friend.
Cindy-Lou: Merry Christmas, Mr. Grinch.
Grinch: Merry Christmas, Cindy-Lou.

[last lines]
Narrator: And the Grinch raised his glass, and led the Whos in a toast.
Grinch: [last line of the film; raises his glass] To kindness and love, the things we need most!


  • Oh, joy.
  • Scheme big.
  • Unhappy Holidays.
  • Resting Grinch Face
  • Christmas is canceled.
  • Stealing Christmas 2018.
  • It's never too early to be annoyed by Christmas.
  • From the studio that brought you Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets, and Sing.


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