One of the most well known Christmas movies, Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch, has been remade into an animated film perfect for young viewers. The movie pays homage to the original cartoon movie, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which premiered in 1966.
Although the film consisted of the general idea of the Grinch stealing Christmas, some of the details were altered.
For example, Cindy Lou Who, rather than wondering what the true meaning of Christmas is, asked Santa to help out her mom. In this version of the film, her mother is a single parent balancing two toddler twins and a career as a nurse.
Despite this being quite different than the version I used to watch, I didn’t mind the changes. However, I wish they would have incorporated the true meaning of Christmas more, it seemed as if they only mentioned it once toward the end of the movie. I believe it would have been especially important to include the message, as the movie was targeted toward young viewers.
The story of the Grinch presents a timeless message of focusing on friends and family during the holidays rather than tangible items. This is a lesson that all of us can benefit from. Although the animated version didn’t seem to reach its full potential, it did put me in the mood for the holidays.