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  • John Powell composed other Dr. Seuss-based films such as Horton Hears a Who! (2008) and The Lorax (2012).
  • This will be Kaitlyn Maher's fourth Christmas movie role after Santa Buddies (2009), The Search for Santa Paws (2010), and Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012).
  • This is the first Illumination Entertainment film to be rated G by the MPAA.
  • The film was originally scheduled for a 2017 November release but was moved to November 2018 presumably to avoid competition with Sony Animation's The Star (2017), another animated Christmas-related film. Had the film been released in its original scheduled release date, it would've been released approximately 60 years after the Dr. Suess book, in which this film is based on, was first published in 1957.
  • This was Benedict Cumberbatch's second animated film. His first was Penguins of Madagascar (2014), four years prior.
  • This will be Universal's first animated film to be rated G by the MPAA since The Tale of Despereaux (2008).
  • This was Illumination Entertainment's ninth feature film.
  • This is the first Illumination film to be scored by Michael Giacchino, unlike the Pixar films and Zootopia (2016) were scored by Michael Giacchino.
  • From the Studio That Brought You "Despicable Me", "The Secret Life of Pets" and "Sing".
  • This is Illumination Entertainment's second Dr. Seuss film, after The Lorax (2012).
  • This was Illumination Entertainment's first film that was a remake of a previous film, being How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000).
  • This was the first Illumination Entertainment film to have the title card appear both at the start and at the end (before the credits).
  • This is the second Illumination Entertainment film to have a holiday season release, after Sing (2016).
  • This is Illumination Entertainment's third musical film, after The Lorax (2012) and Sing (2016).
  • This is Illumination Entertainment's first holiday based film since Hop (2011).
  • Illuminations First Film To Be Composed By Patrick Doyle. It's Also His First animated film he composed since The Emoji Movie(2017)
  • This is the first Illumination film to be scored by Patrick Doyle. This is also his first animated movie to be scored by him since The Emoji Movie(2017)
  • This is the 1st illumination film to be scored by Patrick Doyle. This is also his first animated film to be scored by since The Emoji Movie(2017)
  • This is the second Illumination Entertainment film to be scored by John Powell after The Lorax (2012).
  • This was the second film from Illumination Entertainment to feature a dog named Max. The first was The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
  • This is the second Illumination film to be scored by John Powell after The Lorax (2012).
  • This was Universal Pictures fourth film based on Dr. Seuss' works after distributing the previous films apart from Horton Hears a Who! (2008), which was distributed by 20th Century Fox.
  • In Despicable Me 3 (2017), the oldest of Gru's girls, Margo, is seen wearing a T-shirt with this version of the Grinch on the front. Being as both are from Ilumination Entertainment, this was clearly a nod to the upcoming film. In the first Despicable Me (2010) film, Margo had a Lorax shirt, teasing Illumination Entertainment's The Lorax (2012), a fellow Dr. Seuss film.
  • This film, along with Illumination Entertainment's other Dr. Seuss film, was released in the same year as a film in Sony Animation's "Hotel Transylvania" franchise and Disney's "Wreck-It-Ralph" franchise. The Lorax (2012) was released the same year as Hotel Transylvania (2012) and Wreck-It Ralph (2012), while The Grinch (2018) was released the same year as Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).
  • Illumination's first film to be rated G.
  • The first official footage of the film was released by Illumination Entertainment as a TV spot on February 9, 2018, to capitalize on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
  • This was the third Illumination Entertainment film to include the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, after Despicable Me 2 (2013) and The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
  • The second Illumination film to be produced in 2.35:1, after Despicable Me 3 (2017).
  • This was the first Dr. Seuss film to be shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio, unlike the previous Dr. Seuss films that were produced in 1.85:1.
  • This was the third Dr. Seuss animated film, after Horton Hears a Who! (2008) and The Lorax (2012).
  • The movie was from the creators of Despicable Me (2010), The Secret Life of Pets (2016), and Sing (2016).
  • Fourth 2018 animated film to have a non-verbal lead character (that being the Grinch's dog, Max) after Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) (which has the titular Sgt. Stubby the Dog), Incredibles 2 (2018) (which has Baby Jack-Jack), and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) (which has Blobby the Blob Monster).
  • This is the first Illumination Entertainment film to have a PG rating in the UK.
  • As part of cross-promotion with AMC theaters, several short clips were created to play between trailers before a film. These clips consist of the Grinch insulting the trailers, the theater, and even the audience, before finally shouting "Start the show already!" One clip even has the Grinch with a smart phone, showing the audience the "poop" emoji, and sarcastically noting "Hey, they should make a movie starring this guy," a jab at The Emoji Movie (2017), released a year prior to less-than-positive reviews.
  • The second theatrical Dr. Seuss animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA, after The Lorax (2012), and the fourth theatrical Dr. Seuss film to be rated PG by the MPAA.
  • This is Illumination first PG-rated animated film for thematic elements.
  • This is the screaming goat's second appearance in an animated film. He was also in Smallfoot (2018).
  • Illumination Entertainment's second film to feature no humans after Sing (2016), and the second animated Dr. Seuss film to feature the furry humanoids seen commonly in Dr. Seuss books, after Horton Hears a Who! (2008).
  • Marks the third time outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe where Benedict Cumberbatch uses an American accent instead of his natural English accent. The first was 12 Years A Slave (2013), followed by Black Mass (2015).
  • The eighth Universal animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA, of which all previous animated Universal films released after The Tale of Despereaux (2008) (Universal's only CGI film Rated G by the MPAA) were rated as such.
  • The third Universal's animated film to be produced in 2.35:1, after The Tale of Despereaux (2008) and Despicable Me 3 (2017).
  • This is Illumination's last original full-length animated feature film of the 2010s, and last original full-length feature for the next two years as the next films releasing in that time (The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019), Minions 2 (2020), and Sing 2 (2020)) are all sequels.
  • This is the second Grinch remake to be released by Universal, following the film of the same name in 2000 by Jim Carrey.
  • The last Illumination film of the 2010s to be released in 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
  • One of the cereals that the Grinch eats is called Atomic Sugar Bombs. This is a reference to Dash's favorite cereal Sugar Bombs from Incredibles 2 (2018).
  • Angela Lansbury's third theatrically released animated film. Her previous two were Beauty and the Beast (1991) from Disney and Anastasia (1997) from 20th Century Fox, both released in the 1990s.
  • Cindy Lou Who's night gown that she wore when the Grinch steals a Christmas tree resembles the dresses worn by the female smurfs in "Smurfs: The Lost Village" (2017).
  • This film marks the second time a British actor has voiced the character of the Grinch. The first was with Boris Karloff in the 1966 TV special of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966).
  • Rashida Jones's second animated film, after Inside Out (2015), three years prior. Both of these movies had a Hotel Transylvania film in their respective years (2015 and 2018).
  • The Grinch in this film has not one but two pets namely his dog Max and an obese moose like stag named Fred who is an original character for the film.
  • The Grinch in the 1966 cartoon and Jim Carrey version is paper thinned disguised as Santa Claus. In this film the Grinch plays a more convincing looking Santa including a beard and boots.
  • The Grinch is less exaggerated-looking than previous versions, with softer facial features that look more like a furry green dog-man than a creepy old goblin, and normal eyes instead of his signature red and yellow pupils. He's also got much less of an exaggerated potbelly. Adaptation Expansion: The previous versions establish/imply that the Grinch lives in self-imposed exile away from the Whos. This film shows that the Grinch regularly visits Whoville to buy groceries. Presumably, as a result of him coming down to their town often, the Whos don't despise or fear him as much as the Whos do in Ron Howard's film or Halloween Is Grinch Night (1977), where the Grinch's impending arrival is a big deal.
  • Max is still the Grinch's morality pet, but instead of being a frightened, timid dog who reluctantly does the Grinch's bidding, Max is very much loving and loyal to the Grinch. While he is by no means a nicer guy, this version of the Grinch is shown to be marginally kinder to Max than the Chuck Jones or the Ron Howard version, generally by treating him more like a typical dog owner would and at one point playing with Max with a small, affectionate smile on his face. Overall, the Grinch is much less antisocial than his previous incarnations and it's implied his motive for stealing Christmas is partially more of a Freudian Excuse than out of sheer malice.
  • The Grinch is attacked by a ginger cat while he is stealing presents, just like how his live-action counterpart was attacked in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) by a Persian cat.
  • Released two weeks before Black Friday.
  • This version of the Grinch insists on getting into character and actually dons a white beard, compared to the previous version who didn't even bother. That said he still does little else to hide his distinguishing green fur.
  • In the Latin American Spanish dub, the Grinch is voiced by Eugenio Derbez; in the Japanese dub, the titular Grinch is voiced by the movie actor Yo Oizumi, better known to videogame fans as the Japanese voice of the titular Professor Layton and also playing Kureo Mado in the Tokyo Ghoul live-action film; in the Brazilian dub, the Grinch is voiced by L?zaro Ramos.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (who is British) voices the Grinch with an American accent.
  • The Grinch is said to have had to deal with Whoville and Christmas for 53 years. This film is set to be released approximately 53 years after the original animated adaptation from 1966. In addition, the film began its run in some theaters on November 8, 2018, eighteen years after the release of the 2000 live-action adaptation.
  • The second Illumination film with a dog named Max, first was The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
  • In the Latin American Spanish dub: Ruben Cerda, who voiced the titular character's singing voice in the live-action film, will reprise the character in the dub, through the acting voice will be voiced by Eugenio Derbez instead, rather than Mario Casta?eda.
  • Brad Dourif was replaced by Pharrell Williams as The Narrator.
  • The studio originally wanted Benedict Cumberbatch to voice the Grinch using his natural voice, but Benedict felt that, since the rest of the cast is American, the Grinch himself should have an American accent.
  • The movie's animation was made using Autodesk Maya.
  • In 2018, producer Scott Mosier took over from Peter Candeland as director.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch had been cast as the titular character in April 2016. By September 2018, Angela Lansbury had been cast as the Mayor of Whoville. Rashida Jones, Cameron Seely, and Kenan Thompson had also been cast in the film, while Pharrell Williams, who previously worked on Illumination's Despicable Me films, was revealed to be narrating the film.
  • On November 20, 2017, Danny Elfman was revealed to be composing the film's score. Tyler the Creator wrote a new song for the film titled, "I Am the Grinch". Tyler and Elfman collaborated on a new version of the song, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", for the film, which was featured in the final trailer.
  • When Cindy Lou and her friend go up into the treehouse the baseball bat they ride on as a platform has the name "Theodor" carved on it. This is a reference to author-creator Dr.Seuss aka Theodor Seuss Geisel.
  • Since the Grinch has a very distinctive shape and look, the animators took inspiration from the book, Cumberbatch stated: "for certain performative strokes definitely,they film your performance while you're doing it, so it's not in isolation from that, they've managed to embody this voice in a character that's utterly unique, and i don't think looks too much like me,they record every session so they can see the performances as well as hear [it] but its not like facial capture, i never did anything of that nature."
  • When asked how prepping and going into record compared to motion capture, Benedict Cumberbatch stated: "it's far less mobile. It's a fixed point, you have to create a lot of energy, but it's around a really fixed access of microphone, whether you're being hauled around in a sleigh round a mountain or flung through a catapult or talking very quietly to your dog - all those levels have to come around a microphone. Your voice has to be supported by the action that makes it sound that way, but you have to stay on the mic whereas with motion capture you can really swing yourself about because you have a headset usually; you can throw your body around the landscape, except you're in isolation at the mic without Angela Lansbury or Kenan Thompson or any of the thousand people I did talk to".
  • Cumberbatch compared the Grinch to his motion-capture performance of Smaug: "for this character, a little bit like Smaug, he lives in a mountain and he's quite angry and isolated and alone, so apart from talking to Max who doesn't verbalize, it helped for the character in this instance. It does get very weird if you're doing quick-fire dialogue and you're not in the room with the people you're acting with."
  • When asked if the film was always the direction of the storybook, Cumberbatch stated: "You don't necessarily get the whole script. There's pitches all along the way and you know where it's going. But I did say quite early on I really want to know why he is the way he is. Maybe there is a reason behind that, that he's been hurt before. Why is he outside? Why is he green? Why does he live on his own in a mountain? What is all that about? The sort of motivational questions that a navel-gazing actor always asks. But you do need to make sense of characters. They can't just exist in a vacuum, even if they're animated characters in a family film.".
  • When asked What is a holiday tradition or Christmas thing that makes him feel most like a Grinch, Cumberbatch stated: "Excess packaging, It's enough already. We're living [through] environmental disaster after environmental disaster. I don't get why it's not something that's actually fine-able now, to wrap toys and goods in plastic that's not needed. Toys are made of plastic as well. It's plastic on plastic. That is the thing that gets me Grinch-y. Everything else is just part of the season. Last minute Christmas shopping? Often you've only got yourself to blame. But I just can't stand all the excess that goes with consumer goods and packaging".
  • Cumberbatch stated his own tips or traditions for getting in the spirit: "It's just about family and friends and going off-grid for me. It's about decorating of course -- the tree, the house. I like getting out there and being with friends and family. I'll be like, "Wow, I feel like I've been out three nights in a row -- oh yeah, it's Christmas!" I really love that sense of it being a holiday. I just enjoy the effort that people go to everywhere with decorations. I like being in a metropolis for Christmas, and I really like getting away from it all around the actual days and being in nature."
  • Benedict Cumberbatch's inspiration for the character seems to have been someone with a sinus infection.
  • Like almost all of Illumination's other films, the animation was created entirely in France by Illumination Mac Guff.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch was already a fan, of the book and 1966 Boris Karloffs cartoon version.
  • First Grinch movie in which he isn't mean to or mistreats his dog, Max in any way.
  • The Grinch is still a mean one, but significantly less of a mean one than previous versions, as he is portrayed as a grouchy cynic who prefers to mind his own business than actively hurt other people, will still be social when he needs to be, treats his dog well, and who decides to steal Christmas to prove a point rather than out of pure hatred for the Whos and the holiday.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch was already a fan of the book, and the 1966 Chuck Jones animated version.
  • Released a month before Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) also starring Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the main antagonist, Shere Khan.
  • In Cindy-Lou Who's first scene she is chasing after a mailman to give him a letter to Santa. In How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Cindy-Lou's first scene was going to the Post Office to join her father at work.
  • Cindy-Lou Who has a stuffed animal that resembles Snowball from Illumination's The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
  • In Tyler the Creator's rendition of "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch", there are two lines in which the Grinch's teeth are described as yellow. However, in the film, the Grinch's teeth are clearly white. Whereas in the live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), his teeth are yellow and extremely crooked. In the original book and the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966), his teeth also appeared to be white, though also crooked. In this film, his teeth, aside from being white, are mostly straight.
  • This film marks the second time that The Grinch is shown as a child. The first film to show him as a child is How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000).
  • The song that Grinch plays on his pipe organ is, "All by Myself" by Eric Carmen.
  • Similar to his previous incarnations, this Grinch has a massive intellect when it comes to concocting schemes and creating technological marvels, all for the purpose of stealing gifts.
  • Pharrell Williams, who is the narrator of this film, and Tyler the Creator, who provided songs for the film's soundtrack, would go on to collaborate on the song, "The Mantra", which is on the Creed II (2018) soundtrack.
  • There's a scene where Donna Who is late for her bus and chases after it yelling the bus driver's name "Sam!", who then stops and let's her on. This is a reference to the film Speed (1994), where Sandra Bullock's character Annie does the same thing.
  • Second voice acting of Benedict Cumberbatch, without the use of motion capture performance.
  • Feature film non-documentary directorial debut of Scott Mosier, whose previous directing credits are the documentary 'Mae Day' and a short subject.
  • In Spanish dub (Spain), the Grinch is voiced by Ernesto Alterio.
  • This is the first Illumination film to not feature a main antagonist.

Spoilers

  • It is possible that the Grinch's backstory will differ from this film's live-action counterpart, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), in which the Grinch was publicly humiliated in elementary school as a child due to having to shave at his age.
  • In the original book as well as the first film adaptation, the Grinch could not find a reindeer to help him with his heist, so he used Max instead. But in this adaptation he does successfully find a reindeer and lets it stay at his house with Max.
  • In one of the trailers The Grinch is stealing Christmas and a cat attacks him. This was reused from the 2000 film How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) where Jim Carrey's Grinch character gets attacked by a cat as well.
  • Martha May Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) would not be included in this version, especially as the Grinch's love interest. It is possible that she was viewed as a gender stereotype.
  • Near the end of the film, the Grinch wears a red and white tie when he's invited over to Cindy-Lou's house for Christmas dinner, a reference to The Cat in the Hat (another Dr. Seuss character) who has the same color pattern hat.
  • A frozen lake in the film is shown to be in the shape of a heart, foreshadowing the ending when the Grinchs heart grows twice in size.
  • The Grinch's epiphany to steal Christmas happens on December 21st rather than Christmas Eve. This gives the Grinch more time to develop his gadgets and formulate his plan to rob all of Whoville in one fell swoop. This extra time also allows him to find reindeer to pull his sled, eventually snagging a reindeer named Fred.
  • The reason why the Grinch has to go down to Whoville during Christmas season. He initially had stockpiles of food to last him till the start of January but due to his excessive "emotional" eating, he was reduced to a mere bean on a plate just five days shy of Christmas itself.
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