The Incredible Backstory Of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” By Dr. Suess

By | December 23, 2021

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“How The Grinch Stole Christmas” by the singular Dr. Seuss became a Christmas movie staple when it first aired in 1966. However, due to a number of complications, the most festive Dr. Seuss tale of all his books nearly never made it to television. The backstory of Theodor “Dr. Seuss'' Geisel, the illustrious animator Chuck Jones and the unlikely odyssey to put the green Grinch on television deserves its own Hollywood movie.

The pair navigated Dr. Seuss’s infamous distaste of Hollywood, a severe lack of funding, and a rather large time deficit to create an all-time classic. This is the genesis of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

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A Bad Experience

Despite Dr. Seuss ultimately selling over 600 million copies of his unique children’s books, parlaying that success into movies eluded the rhyming writer. He became notoriously “anti-Hollywood” after his work on the screenplay of “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.” went south. In other instances, his name was removed from credits while also suffering pirated redistribution.

In fact, it’s highly unlikely that the Grinch would have made it into our homes without Dr. Seuss’s prior relationship with the iconic animator Chuck Jones. Jones was instrumental in creating “Looney Tunes” and Bugs Bunny. Ironically, the pair first met while developing animated safety videos for the Army!