How The Grinch Stole Christmas Analysis

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The animated and non-animated versions of Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas can be compared to identify the similarities and differences of both films. The animated movie was produced in the 1960’s and is approximately thirty minutes long, while the non-animated movie was produced in the 2000’s and is about an hour and a half long. They both include the Grinch, an angry man that hates Christmas. Because of his hate for the holiday season, the Grinch plans to dress as Santa Claus and steal all of Whoville’s decorations and presents. Both of these versions of the film share similarities such as names of landmarks and characters, scripts, and story plots. However, these versions also have differences. These include the length of the…show more content…
This is because these movies are based on the original children’s book written by Dr. Suess. One of the famous quotes from both versions states, “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” They use a few of the same songs in both movies such as “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch.” Both versions of the movie use the same rhyming pattern throughout the script as well, resembling the rhyming found the original book. Also, both movies follow the same story plots and ending. Both stories begin with the Whos decorating for Christmas. Then, the Grinch is seen stealing the Christmas materials, and, finally, both movies end with the Grinch having a change of heart and returning the Christmas presents to Whoville. Because the animated and non-animated versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas have similar scripts and story plots, they can be easily compared and recognized as two versions of the same book. Moreover, these two films also have differences that can be contrasted. First, the non-animated version is much longer that the animated version. The non-animated version is close to three times as long as the other. This is due to the extensive background that is given in the non-animated film. For example, in the non-animated version, they discuss the Grinch’s past and how he arrived in Whoville. Also, the non-animated movie introduced many more characters that have distinct qualities.
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