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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 1966 animated television special based on the book of the same title by Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), directed by legendary cartoon director Chuck Jones. Notably the first prime-time animated television special based on a Dr. Seuss book, it features narration by Boris Karloff (who also voiced the title character) and music written by Albert Hague. It is Christmas Eve in Whoville, and everyone is decorating for the big day tomorrow -- everyone except the Grinch, a sour, depressed hermit who lives in a cave on nearby Mount Crumpit, a steep high mountain just north of the city. His only companion is his unloved but loyal dog, Max. The Grinch absolutely hates everything about Christmas, because of the noise surrounding the entire town on Christmas Day. Annoyed at their rejoicing and unable to understand the Whos' happiness after dealing with it for over 50 years, the Grinch tries to come up with a plan to "keep Christmas from coming". Just then, after seeing Max having gotten covered in snow in a way that makes him look like Santa, the Grinch gets the notion of disguising himself as Santa and stealing all of the Whos' presents, believing that is enough to stop the holiday from coming. (more...)
- Carrol Spinney, who has been performing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street for the past 49 years, has officially announced his retirement from performing. We at the Christmas Specials Wiki wish him well!
- Stop-motion pioneer Will Vinton died on October 4th at the age of 70. Best known for creating the California Raisins, former Domino's Pizza mascot the Noid, and the current M&M's Spokescandies, he produced and directed the Emmy-winning special A Claymation Christmas Celebration and the 1980 short A Christmas Gift.
- To compete with the Disney channels' 25 Days of Christmas, the AMC network is launching their own month-long marathon of Yuletide programming, which they call Best Christmas Ever. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Elf, The Polar Express, and the post-1974 Rankin/Bass library (all of which previously aired as part of the 25 Days of Christmas) will be moving to this new programming event, which has also been confirmed to feature the original Miracle on 34th Street, Gremlins, Jingle All the Way, and the DreamWorks Animation Christmas specials.
- Rankin/Bass historian Rick Goldschmidt, who wrote The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass: A Portfolio and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Making of the Rankin/Bass Holiday Classic, is now bringing out a book about the making of Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (as well as the 1966 feature film The Daydreamer), coming September 21st.
- Actor/director Burt Reynolds died at the age of 82 on September 6th. Known for his leading roles in such films as Deliverance and Smokey and the Bandit and for being the original voice of Charlie Barkin from All Dogs Go to Heaven, he also voiced the adult Tommy Tinkerton in The Legend of Frosty the Snowman and Buster in A Magic Christmas.
- Actor Stefán Karl Stefánsson, who played Robbie Rotten on LazyTown and also performed as the Grinch in the Broadway musical version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! from 2008 to 2015, died at the age of 43 on August 21st.
- Actress/comedian Charlotte Rae died at the age of 92 on August 5th. Best known for her role as housekeeper Edna Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes and its spin-off The Facts of Life (including their Christmas episodes), she was also the voice of Nanny in 101 Dalmatians: The Series and had roles in The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas! and Christmas Cottage.
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