"You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch...!"
Description: Appropriate praise for one, Mr. Grinch (voice of Boris Karloff) in the Yuletide cartoon TV special DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! (1966).
Based on a story by Dr. Seuss, this perennial holiday tale features Mr. Grinch, a grimacing curmudgeon who lives on the north side of Whoville.
"Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville - did not. The Grinch hated Christmas - the whole Christmas season. Now, please don't ask why; no one quite knows the reason. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. Or it could be that his head wasn't screwed on just right. But I think that the most likely reason of all... may have been that his heart was two sizes too small. But, whatever the reason, his heart or his shoes, he stood there on Christmas Eve hating the Whos."
After 53 years, the Grinch has finally had it with all the happiness and festivities of Christmas. As the Grinch says, “I must stop Christmas from coming!”
His solution: Steal all the gifts, decorations and holiday food down in Whoville. "Then he slunk to the ice box. He took the Whos' feast, he took the who pudding, he took the roast beast. He cleaned out that ice box as quick as a flash. Why, the Grinch even took their last can of Who hash." And he even stole the candy canes from the fingers of sleeping children.
Singer: You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch / You really are a heel / You're as cuddly as a cactus, you're as charming as an eel / Mr Gri-inch! / You're a bad banana with a... greasy black peel.
Singer: You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch / With a nauseous super-naus / You're a crooked jerky jockey, and you drive a crooked hoss, / Mr. Gri-inch! Your soul is an appalling dump-heap, overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of rubbish imaginable, mangled up in tangled up knots!
Singer: You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch / You're the king of sinful sots / Your heart's a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots / Mr. Gri-inch! / You're a three-decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce!
Singer: You're a vile one, Mr. Grinch / You have termites in your smile / You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile / Mr. Gri-inch / Given the choice between the two of you, I'd take the uh... seasick crocodile.
Singer: You're a monster, Mr. Grinch / Your heart's an empty hole / Your brain is full of spiders, you have garlic in your soul / Mr. Gri-inch / I wouldn't touch you with a thirty- nine-and-a-half foot pole.
Singer: You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch / You're a nasty, wasty skunk / Your heart is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of gunk / Mr. Gri-inch / The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote: Stink, stank, stunk!
With his evil plan accomplished, the Grinch looks down on Whoville and exclaims, "They're finding out now that no Christmas is coming! They're just waking up, I know just what they'll do. Their mouths will hang open a minute or two, then the Whos down in Whoville will all cry, 'Boo Hoo'."
But the Whos down in Whoville, even without their material possessions, were ever joyful and sang happy songs on Christmas day. Suddenly, the Grinch was filled with the Christmas spirit and returned everything he had stolen.
"He puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. Maybe Christmas, he thought... doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps... means a little bit more!...And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say - that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day. And then - the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of TEN Grinches, plus two!" - Narrator
Note: Comedian/Actor Jim Carrey starred in the live-action remake of this holiday favorite in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000).
"If you utter so much as one syllable, I'LL HUNT YOU DOWN AND GUT YOU LIKE A FISH! If you'd like to fax me, press the star key." - Grinch's Answering Machine