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). It also stars the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch and narrated by Pharrell Williams.

Directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier. Written by Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow. Produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy.
  • [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!
  • [to a goat] Will you stop following us?! Shoo! Away! Go back to the goat farm! Go eat a can!
  • Uh... it was me. I stole your Christmas. I stole it, 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. [walks away]
  • [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!
  • This is the loudest snow I've ever heard in my life!
  • I specifically bought enough food to last 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.
  • I just met the strangest little Who girl.
  • Now, remember, Max, this is the time of year when the Whos are at their most deceptive. You have my full permission to attack anyone who so much as says one kind word to us.

Cindy-Lou Who

  • Hey. Why are you taking our Christmas tree?
  • They're not demands. It's more like a wish. And what I'm wishing is really, really important.
  • You're Santa. You make people happy. And everyone should be happy, right?
  • I wish you could celebrate with us tomorrow. We all get together and sing. It's so beautiful that if you close your eyes and listen, all of your sadness just goes away.


  • Yes, the Whos down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch in his cave north of Whoville... did not.
  • Yes, the Grinch hated Christmas, the whole Christmas season.
    Now please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
    It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
    But I think that the most likely reason of all, may have been that his heart was 2 sizes too small.


Grinch: Max, what is this depressing bean? [Max barks] No, no, no. That's impossible. We can't be out of food.
[Grinch looks through his kitchen and finds that he's run out of food]
Grinch: 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] I specifically bought enough food to last until January. How much emotional eating have I been doing?

[Grinch pick up a pickle jar and pull out of lid, and eat a pickle]
Grinch: 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, sugarplum!

Cindy-Lou Who: You alright, Mom?
Donna: Me? Oh, yes. Never better. Ah. What did you put down here anyway, a roller skate?
Cindy-Lou: No. Just better. Mrs. Wilbur and I made cookies.
Donna: Ah, that explains it. Come have some eggs.
Cindy-Lou: 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-Lou: I don't mind.

Donna: Wait, where are you going, again?
Cindy-Lou: I told you, to mail a letter.
Donna: OK, but just come here first and get your breakfast.
Cindy-Lou: Mom, I gotta go.
[Donna gives Cindy-Lou a silly look with her hand on her waist.]
Cindy-Lou: Alright...
Donna: Okay. Now you can go.

[Cindy-Lou accidentally runs over the Grinch with her inner tube]
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! [Takes the tube off his torse]
Cindy-Lou: I'm sorry for bumping into you, but this is really important. Have you seen my letter?
Grinch: [Groans] 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-Lou: 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?
Cindy-Lou: 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-Lou: [waves to Max] Bye, doggy.

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?
Narrator: Then he got an idea. An awful idea. The Grinch got a wonderful, awful idea.
Grinch: [smiling] I know just what to do. I'm going to steal their Christmas! '' 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! So prepare yourself, Max! For tomorrow, WE BEGIN! [echoes as lightning strikes again]

Grinch: Today was great! We did mean things and we did them in style.
[Max stands by the side of the bed and whines with a pleading face]
Grinch: Max, you know the rules. You sleep in your bed, and I sleep in --
[Fred the reindeer gives him the same look]
Grinch: Oh, no, no, not you, too. I don't believe this. Max, did you teach him puppy eyes?
[More whining; he sighs and gives in]
Grinch: Fine. This one time.

[the Grinch and Max head down to the workshop; the Grinch grabs a pointer]
Grinch: And now, the question we have all been waiting for... How will I steal Christmas? Well, prepare to have your little doggy mind blown. Poof! ' TA-DA! [chuckles] That's right! I become... Santa Claus! [Max grunts confusedly] But instead of giving all the joy and happiness, I'll take it away! If he can deliver Christmas to the whole world in one night, then I can certainly steal it from little old Whoville. I mean, come on. What's Santa have that I don't?
[Max barks]
Grinch: [frowns] That's hurtful.

Cindy-Lou: [thinking the Grinch is actually Santa] Wow. I can't believe it's really you.
Grinch: Uh... yeah.
Cindy-Lou: I'm so sorry about the trap and everything, but I really need-- [sees the tree shoved halfway into the chimney] Hey, why are you taking our Christmas tree?
[Grinch does a spit-take in shock, worried that his cover is about to be blown]
Grinch: Well uh, one of the lights wasn't working, so I thought I'd take it back to the workshop and see if I could fix it.
Cindy-Lou: I didn't know you did that.
Grinch: [chuckles] Yeah. Sure. Now, why don't you go back upstairs to bed, and then when you wake up, the tree will be fixed and your presents will be waiting under it.
Cindy-Lou: Wait. You don't understand. I don't want presents.
Grinch: Of course you do. Everyone wants presents.
Cindy-Lou: No, no, really, I don't. I want you to help my mom.
Grinch: [flabbergasted] Y-Your mom?
Cindy-Lou: Yeah. She works so hard and is always doing stuff for other people. And I just want her to have a good Christmas.
Grinch: You want me to help your mom?
Cindy-Lou: You're Santa. You make people happy. And everyone should be happy, right?
Grinch: Y-Yeah, I... I guess they should. [looks sad]
Cindy-Lou: [concerned] Santa, are... are you okay?
Grinch: What? Uh... yeah. I'm fine. [chuckles] Now, why don't you go back up to bed, hmm?
Cindy-Lou: Okay. [they both walk upstairs] I wish you could celebrate with us tomorrow. We all get together and sing. It's so beautiful that if you close your eyes and listen, all of your sadness just goes away.

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-Lou: 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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