It is a little-known fact that the voice that sang the song, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” was that of Thurl Ravenscroft who went uncredited for his role in the animated show. You may also recognize him as the voice of as Frosted Flakes,’ Tony the Tiger, whose famous tagline is, “They’re grrreeeeat!”
Theodor Geisel attended Dartmouth College where he became editor in chief of the comedy magazine, “Jack-o-Lantern.” As some college co-eds do, from time to time, he was caught drinking. To make it worse, this occurred during the time of Prohibition in America. As a result, the college administration denied him the privilege to contribute anything to the magazine. That is how Geisel became known as Dr. Seuss. He changed his pen name so as to evade detection, by the administration.
Despite Geisel’s success as a children’s author and illustrator, he enjoyed a very varied career.
Geisel went on to be employed as an illustrator for very popular magazines including “Vanity Fair” and “Life.” During his career, he also worked on advertising campaigns for Standard Oil, General Electric, and NBC. Geisel also joined the animation department of the U.S. Army, during World War II, where he incidentally met Chuck Jones, an animator. The two worked closely on an instructional cartoon called “Private Snafu.”
After the war ended, Geisel continued his writing. He worked on short films including one with his wife, Helen. This film was entitled, “Design for Death,” and was an anti-war film. The short film won an Academy Award in 1948 for Best Documentary.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” has stood the test of time and is still widely enjoyed today; not just at Christmastime, but all year long. The Grinch is probably best known today, to children, by the big screen version starring, Jim Carey, which was released in 2000.
Several audio-visual versions and audio recordings of the book have also been created. Zero Mostel narrated an LP record of the story in 1975 as well as an animated version of the book released in 1992 by Random House Home Video narrated by Walter Matthau. You can even find a version released for the iPhone as an interactive e-book! Additionally, the book was adapted into a 13-minute song and performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra, featuring bassist Reid Burton and actor Will LeBow narrating it on the Boston Pops's 2013 CD, "A Boston Pops Christmas – Live from Symphony Hall with Keith Lockhart".
The book has been translated into nine languages, including Latin as Quomodo Invidiosulus Nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit: How the Grinch Stole Christmas in Latin by Jennifer Morrish Tunberg. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers Inc. published the Latin version in October 1998.
Rumor has it that another version of the epic movie is due to be released in time for the 2018 Christmas season. Benedict Cumberbatch will be featured as the main character, the Grinch. I find it very amusing that the entire concept was the clever brainchild of a grumpy guy who did nothing more than look in the mirror one day.