A recent film released to theaters this holiday season is the remake of the classic Dr. Seuss story, The Grinch. The original storybook was published in 1957. The Grinch was released as a 26 minute long animated short in 1966. This is a classic for all Christmas lovers and will warm your heart with holiday joy. It has been watched and enjoyed by families for many years and always leaves smiles on viewers’ faces.

In November 2018, a remake of the classic cartoon was released as an hour and forty-five-minute long movie. The film has the same lovable characters as the original story, along with a backstory of the Grinch.

In the 1966 film, the Grinch is more dark, angry, and aggressive. He is an obvious villain and has a strong hatred for many things, not only Christmas. The 2018 Grinch movie includes some new changes to the Grinch’s characteristic: He has less anger. Overall he isn’t that bad of a guy. He doesn’t have the same edge and nastiness to him and true despise for life as seen in earlier versions. He still doesn’t like Christmas, but you learn that it stems from a childhood of neglect and not being able to participate in the holiday fun. Kelly McRae voiced her opinion on the new film, stating, “I thought it wasn’t as good as the live action, but I like the alterations in the storyline”.

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Although both of these holiday movies are based on the same storyline. The Grinch starts out as an angry, Christmas hating individual who then sees what happiness, family, and Christmas really means, growing his heart up to normal size. He sees his the world through different eyes and becomes a happy, and accepted person. Cindy Lou Who breaks him out of his shell and opens him up to the cheer that the holiday and friendship can bring. Overall both of these holiday movies show how warm, Christmas spirit can lift up even the most grouchy individual and make them a loving person.

Editor's Note: The Highlander is the student newspaper of Gov. Livingston High School featuring articles written by staff and guest writers covering a variety of topics of interest to the students.