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12 Movies of Christmas: Page vs Picture

By Geeky Gem

As it is December and Christmas is fast approaching I thought I would do a Christmas themed Page vs Picture. One of my favourite cartoons is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, I have mentioned this in an earlier blog. You can read it here, I have also read the book and thought this would be the perfect time to do a Page vs Picture.

I love this book, the way the rhymed verse’s roll of the page and are partnered with some brilliant art work. It is had not to like this book, hard to think that it was first published back in 1957, it gripped kids then and it will grip kids now. It’s a fantastic book very whimsical and joyful.

It is such an easy book to enjoy with a simple story line, The Grinch who lives atop Mount Crumpit, hates the fact that the happy Who’s of Whoville enjoy christmas so much. He then comes up with a plan to steal Christmas from them in order to stop their merriment. This however this doesn’t work and the Who’s still embrace Christmas. Can they melt the Grinch’s heart.  Shall we move on to the cartoon?

The cartoon version of the book came out in 1966 as was directed by Chuck Jones, it is one of the few cartoons still on regular rotation on television in the US a bit the Snowman plays here at this time of year I guess. I love this cartoon and have already mentioned that to me the voice of Boris Karloff is what brings the whole thing together. Now you may like the Jim Carrey live version and that’s fine but for me this is the better one. Its a short fun movie with a great song in it, what more could you want.

So on the question is the book better than the movie, at the moment the score is Book – 4, Movie – 3. I am about to bring this to a tie and the pint goes to movie, the movie is very close to the book and that’s a good thing but I really think Karloff is what wins the point here.

12 Movies of Christmas: How The Grinch Stole Christmas

By: Caelrona

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Hiya all! Another week gone by, and here I am again. Today I thought I would pick up with Number 2 of my 4 Favorite Christmas Movies. You may have noticed that HMS, Gems and I are sort of doing a running thing with this. What can I say, we all love this time of year (Ba Humbug to you Scrooges out there =P ) and especially the awesome movies that feature it, and what better way to share our Christmas spirit that with movies? Anyway, my second pick is Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas – the Jim Carrey version, not the cartoon one; although it is fairly entertaining as well. =)

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Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, promotionally (and more commonly) known simply as The Grinch, was produced in 2000 by Imagine Entertainment, and released by Universal Pictures. It is a holiday fantasy-comedy film based on the 1953 book of the same name and the 1966 television cartoon special of the same name, written by the famous Dr. Seuss. It was the first Dr. Seuss book the be adapted into a full-length feature film (to be followed by The Cat In The Hat from 2003, Horton Hears a Who from 2008 and The Lorax from 2012) Since the movie is based on a children’s picture book, many additions were made to the storyline to bring it up the feature length, including quite a bit of the back story about the Grinch. Most of the rhymes from the book were used in the film, though some were changed a tad bit, plus some new rhymes penned especially for the movie. This movie has a runtime of a mere 104 minutes.

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This movie manages to be both hilarious and heartwarming all at once. Jim Carrey is a comedic genius, and that amazing skill translates well even through a giant green furred creature. Certainly it seems as though the role of the Grinch was hand tailored to suit him by the amazing Dr. Seuss himself. This movie is hilarious. It has me in stitches every single time I watch it. The rhymes are just fantastic, and the pace of the movie flows really well. I’m not usually a comedy sort of girl, but this movie definitely makes the list.

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The Grinch follows a cantankerous, grumpy green creature known as the Grinch. The Grinch lives atop a perilous mountain near the festive city of Whoville, where it happens to be Christmastime. All the Whos of Whoville love Christmas, while the Grinch despises it. Down in Whoville an 8 year old girl named Cindy Lou Who has begun to think that people have lost sight of what is important on Christmas. After learning about the existence of the Grinch, she begins to take an interest in his lonely state of affairs and learns his sad history. Determined to show the Grinch the true meaning of Christmas, she invites him to participate in the city celebration known as the Whobilation. When it goes awry, the Grinch goes on a rampage. While satisfied with his path of destruction at first, he quickly realizes he has not crushed the spirit of the holiday and goes back to his mountain in a pique. In a mad attempt to cease the celebration of the detested holiday he hatches a sinister plan: to steal Christmas from all of Whoville!

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There we go; my second favorite Christmas movie. While it might not be everyone’s cup of tea I certainly love this movie. It has entertained me since I was a child, and continues to entertain me to this day. I hope you enjoyed reading about it. Now I am going to be off to enjoy watching it.

Until next time, Happy Holidays;

Caelrona – signing off! ❤

 

12 Movies of Christmas: Christmas Cartoons

By Geeky Gem

We all love a good cartoon and there is nothing better than wrapping up in a blanket with a warm drink and watching some cartoons. It’s one of my favourite pass times, I know this can be done at any time of the year but on this list (yay a list) I have looked at some of my all time favourites that I enjoy watching.

He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special – 1985

I loved He-Man and She-Ra and when they got together in Christmas episode I was over the moon. I know its sad but I own it on DVD, it is really good. It is a really good cartoon if you love He-Man And She-Ra and can be found below it isn’t a very long cartoon but it really fun to watch.

The Snowman – 1982

I watch this cartoons every year, as it is always shown here on television at this time of year. I still watch it on TV even if i do own the DVD, It’s a story of a by and the snowman he builds that comes to life and shows him a fun time at christmas. There are now words in this 26 minute long cartoon but an unforgettable song.

Shrek the Halls – 2007

Another short cartoon set at Christmas with some your best-loved characters, Shrek the Halls is a funny 30 minute cartoon that we can all enjoy. All of the characters are there Shrek, Fiona and Donkey. What more could you want.

A Charlie Brown Christmas – 1965

Oh Charlie Brown, I love this cartoon and if you have never seen it then you really have missed out. Maybe now is the time to watch it and enjoy it with friends or family. Even if only for this song –

How The Grinch Stole Christmas – 1966

It may not come as much of a surprise that I also own this on DVD, its one of my all time favourite Cartoons and I love the voice of th Grinch as play by Boris Karloff. Fantastic animation and a brilliant story.

If you watch any of these this year i hope you enjoy them.

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