The Grinch (film)

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The Grinch (also known as Dr. Seuss' The Grinch) is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated Christmas comedy film produced by Illumination. Based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss book How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, it is the third screen adaptation of the story, following the television special from 1966 and the live-action feature-length film from 2000. It also marks Illumination's second Dr. Seuss film adaptation, following The Lorax (2012).

The movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch, Frank Welker, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, Angela Lansbury, and narrated by Pharrell Williams.

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The Grinch[edit]

  • [repeated line] MAX!
  • I know just what to do; I'm going to steal their Christmas!
  • Genius starts with the abs, Max. It's go time!
  • Look at those greedy little gift monsters. Loading themselves up with Christmas junk!
  • It was me. I stole your Christmas. I stole it because, because I thought it would fix something that happened a long time ago. But it didn't. And I'm sorry. [walks up to Cindy-Lou] I'm so very sorry for everything.
  • [from trailer as he and Max head to Whoville for the first time] Today we will do mean things, and we will do them in style!
  • I specifically bought enough food to last me until January. How much emotional eating have I been doing?
  • If I'm gonna become Santa, then I need to get into character.
  • Today was - grr-eat! We did mean things, and we did them in style.
  • MAX!! NO!!!

Cindy Lou Who[edit]

  • Hey. Why are you taking our Christmas tree?
  • I'm gonna sit in the living room with my eyes wide open like this, and if I start to drift off, I'll just open them wider!


  • Yes, the Whos down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot. But the Grinch, in his cave north of Whoville... did not.


Grinch: I am starving. [sees a piece of bean on his plate] Max, what is this depressing bean?
[Max barks twice]
Grinch: No, no, no, no, no, no. That's impossible. We can't be out of food. [looks at all cabinets] Wha...? Where's my personal reserve of moose juice and goose juice? My emergency stash of Who-hash, and my secret slew of frozen Beezle-nut stew? [sighs in frustration] I specifically bought enough food to last until January. How much emotional food have I been eating?
[a flashback of him eating spaghetti, than milk from cereal, than some cake. Max suggests his master to go to Who-ville.]
Grinch: No. I won't. I will not. I am not going to Who-ville during Ch... [struggles as he tries to say "Christmas"] Christmas! Ugh!
[Max whines]
Grinch: Fine, but I'm gonna despise every second of it.

Man: Oh, well, hello. Happy holidays.
Grinch: Uh-uh. [pick up a pickle jar and pull out of lid, and eat a pickle] What's this?
Who Lady: Excuse me! Are you getting that? I need it for my Christmas stuffing.
Grinch: Mmm, no.
Who Lady: Well, that's not very nice. [Grinch drops it on the floor and it shatters, she stamps her foot] Oh, sugar plums.

Cindy-Lou Who: You alright, Mom?
Donna Lou Who: Me? Oh. Yes. Never better. Ah. What you put down there, anyway, a roller skate?
Cindy-Lou: No. Just better. Mrs. Wilbur and I made cookies.
Donna Who: Oh, that explains it. Come have some eggs.
Cindy: I can't. I gotta go mail something. But I made the beds and put away the twins' toys.
Donna: Thanks, sweetheart. You didn't have to do that.
Cindy: I don't mind. [sniffs] Something's burning.
Donna: Just a second, sweetie. Bean, don't feed your brother with your feet.
Cindy: Mom! The toast!
Donna: I got it!
[Donna throws the aarow at the toaster, and it pops up a couple of well-cooked bread. Donna grabs a couple of plates and some jelly from the fridge, and she squirts some jelly on the toast. She gives them to Buster and Bean, who play with their toast.]
Donna: Wait, where are you going again?
Cindy: I told you, to mail a letter.
Donna: Okay, but just come here first.
Cindy: Mom, I gotta go.
[Donna gives Cindy a silly look. Cindy sighed and approaches her mother.]
Cindy: Alright...
[Donna bends down and gives Cindy a good luck kiss on her cheek]
Donna: Okay. Now you can go.
Cindy: Thanks, Mom. Bye, Buster! Bye, Bean! [She runs out the door]
Donna: Don't do anything I wouldn't do!
Cindy: Roger that, Mom! [Cindy hops on her pink inner tube and slides downhill]

[Cindy-Lou Who accidentally runs over the Grinch with her inner tube]
Cindy: No! My letter!
Grinch: Arrgh! What is wrong with you?! Didn't you see me?! I mean, if that was a sled, I, I, well I'd be dead!
Cindy: I'm sorry for bumping into you, but this is really important. Have you seen my letter?
Grinch: [growls in frustration, takes the tube off his torso] And that, right there, Max, is the true nature of the Who child. Just right to, "Me, me, me. My letter. Me, me, me."
Cindy: No! You don't understand. This isn't just a letter. This is the letter.
Grinch: [sarcastically; turns to face her] Oh, really? Let me guess. Small child, December 20th, rapidly searching for a "really important" lost letter. Might it be your list of demands to Santa?
Cind: They're not demands! It's more like a wish. And what I'm wishing for is really, really important.
Grinch: Well then, why send a letter? I mean, if it's really that important, you should just ask him face-to-face. [mockingly] Oh, but that's right! No one's ever seen him! My bad. [turns to leave] C'mon, Max. Let's get out of here.
[Max looks at Cindy-Lou and follows the Grinch]
Cindy: [waves to Max] Bye, doggy.

Donna: Hey, Bartholomew.
Bartholomew: Hey there, Ms. Who.
Donna: [gives Bartholomew the Christmas angel] Here you go.

Cindy: Hey, Groopert. How's business?
Groopert: Good. What I can't sell I can always eat.
Cindy: I need to talk to you about something really important.
Groopert: Okay.
Cindy: Let's go.

Grinch: [mourning by his organ] Why, for 53 years, I've put up with it now.
I must stop this Christmas from coming, but how? [slams his head on the organ; Max feels sorry for him. the Grinch plays a single note on the organ twice]
Narrator: Then he got an idea, an awful idea.
The Grinch got a wonderful awful idea.
Grinch: [smiling wickedly] I know just what to do. I'm going to steal their Christmas! [takes a cup and makes it disappear; he plays the organ in a dramatic way; as the smoke passes, he climbs up the stairs to the window] All the trimmings, all the trappings, all their gifts and garlands! When they wake and see it's gone, then all their joy and happiness will be gone as well! [lightning strikes as Max cringes in fear] So prepare yourself, Max! For tomorrow, WE BEGIN! [echoes as lightning strikes again]

Donna: How did I get such a wonderful daughter like you?
Cindy: I don't know. Sometimes you just get lucky.
Donna: If so, then I really did.
Cindy: So did I. I love you, Mom.
Donna: I love you too, sweetheart.

Grinch: Well, everyone, I just wanted to say that I've spend my entire life hating Christmas and everything about it, but then I see it wasn't Christmas I hated, it was being alone… but I'm not alone anymore and I have all of you to thank for it. Especially this little girl right here. Ma'am, your daughter's kindness changed my life.
Donna: That's my little girl.
Bricklebaum: Oh, that was beautiful! That's my best friend.
Cindy: Merry Christmas, Mr. Grinch.
Grinch: Merry Christmas, Cindy-Lou.

[last lines]
Narrator: And the Grinch raised his glass, and led the Whos in a toast.
Grinch: [last line of the film; raises his glass] To kindness and love, the things we need most!


  • Oh, joy.
  • Scheme big.
  • Unhappy Holidays.
  • Resting Grinch Face
  • Christmas is canceled.
  • Stealing Christmas 2018.
  • It's never too early to be annoyed by Christmas.
  • From the studio that brought you Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets, and Sing.

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