15 Surprising Behind-The-Scenes Facts About 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas'

For a movie that became one of the all-time favorite holiday classics, How The Grinch Stole Christmas didn’t have a terribly promising start. Dr. Seuss was so dead set against making a TV special, he let Chuck Jones pitch him on it just to humor the guy before saying no. Thankfully, Jones was surprisingly persuasive.

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The Grinch's songs were sung by the guy who voiced Tony the Tiger. Thurl Ravenscroft sang The Grinch's songs, but he's probably best known for the lin

Source: Saturday Evening Post, The New York Times

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26 sponsors rejected the special.  with his bank bank-the kind of bank nilt which, by law, can do more for you than any other financial tment. in- d

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They used Max just to stretch out the running time. The story took 12 minutes to read aloud, so they needed another 12 minutes for the special's 24-mi

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Chuck Jones pitched the special by acting it out. He'd display his storyboards on an easel to potential sponsors, acting out different scenes. Dr. Seu

Source: Saturday Evening Post

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At first, Dr. Seuss was dead set against the idea of a Grinch TV special. When his old friend Chuck Jones drove up to pitch him on the idea, Dr. Seuss

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All the song lyrics in the movie were written by Dr. Seuss. CAT W r AN Har

Source: Vulture

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The Grinch's face was partly based on Chuck Jones'. Jones says he tends to sneak [his] face in without knowing it, and the TV Grinch ended up lookin

Source: Vulture, NPR

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The Grinch was made green for the TV special. But the sound wasn't sad! Why, this sound sounded merry! It couldn't be so! But it WAS merry! VERY! In t

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The backgrounds could have been a lot more elaborate. Background artist Maurice Noble wanted to make the backgrounds much more detailed than the simpl

Source: Saturday Evening Post

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Chuck Jones met his wife thanks to Grinch. TV Guide's Marian Dern interviewed him about the special, and they got married in 1981. CRACKED.COM

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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If Chuck Jones had pitched a TV special later, Grinch might never have been made. Dr. Seuss' How The GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! They picked Grinch as t

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Grinch was ridiculously expensive for its time. It cost $315,000c- and A Charlie Brown Christmas, made the year before, cost $76,000. It was around 10

Source: Saturday Evening Post, Vulture

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Chuck Jones and Dr. Seuss worked together in WWIl. PRIVATE SNAFU They met working on the Private Snafu cartoons, which showed soldiers what they absol

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Dr. Seuss' cut lines for the Grinch's song include You're the king of all that rots, You're a grizzly, ghastly goon, and YOU brush your teeth wit

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There was supposed to be a long Christmas concert. In it, the Whos would be talking in their own language, but Seuss eventually decided it would be to

Source: Saturday Evening Post