Boris Karloff narrates and sings in this favorite from my youth, How the Grinch Stole Christmas The music and story are enchanting in this animated version of the classic Dr. Seuss book. The tongue twisting words of Ted Geisel aka Dr. Seuss still make me smile. He delighted in creating worlds with strange-looking creatures, in this case the Whos, who have curiously human like qualities.
The Grinch hates everything about Christmas, the presents, the feasting, the music and games, but especially he hates the singing. He hatches a plot to steal Christmas from the Whos, employing only his dog Max in his secret scheme. After he steals every physical part of the Whos celebration, he retreats to the mountains to throw it all off the top of a peak. But he hears the Whos singing on Christmas morning, and has a moment of satori. He couldn’t steal Christmas after all because its spirit is inside the Whos. He returns all that he has taken and joins in the celebration.
It’s a nice little Christmas story to watch (only 26 minutes), and just as relevant today as it was 39 years ago when it was released.