This 2000 movie was released with the tagline “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch”, and it went on to become an instant success and occupied its pride of place amongst the best Christmas movies. The film is an adapted version of Dr. Seuss’s famous book by the same name. It stars Jim Carrey in the titular role and involves around the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Who's, an almost mutated sort of munchkinlike people. All the Who's love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates Christmas, and plots to steal
it away from the Who's whom he equally abhors. Yet a small child, Cindy Lou Who, decides to try befriend the Grinch. As kiddish as it sounds the plotline appeals as much to adults as to the kids.
The Making of How The Grinch Stole Christmas
It has been commonly acclaimed that director Ron Howard has done a great job in directing the movie and the sound effects are the best that you are likely to have seen in a long time. It is said that Anthony Hopkins finished the narration of the movie in only one day! Everything in the film revolves around a swirl, the same as in the original drawings of the book. This includes the clouds. If you look closely at in several scenes, several times the initials "C.H.", "J.C.," and "R.H." briefly form as the clouds move. This stands for actor Clint Howard (Whobris), actor Jim Carrey (The Grinch), and director Ron Howard.
One of the unique things about the movie is Jim Carrey’s get up. The prosthetic make-up Jim Carrey wore took 3 hours to apply. Carrey felt so horribly confined and uncomfortable in the latex skin he needed counseling from a Navy SEAL who taught him torture-resistance techniques. One morning, director Ron Howard came in at 3:30 to put on the Grinch suit with full make-up and directed the entire day with the suit on. Needless to say, it was extremely uncomfortable. Jim Carrey's yellow contact lenses proved to be so uncomfortable that he was unable to wear them at times during filming. This required that some shots of his eyes be colored in post-production.
The Whoville set was built mostly on the backlot of Universal Studios behind the still-standing Bates Motel. During a break in filming Jim Carrey surprised and scared tourists on the Universal Backlot Tour by running out of the hotel wearing a dress and brandishing a knife. Nobody recognized him, and the tour guide at Universal Studios will tell you the story when you pass by the hotel on the Backlot Tour.
Awards For How The Grinch Stole Christmas
The movie was nominated for 3 Academy awards in the year 2001 in the categories Best Make-up, Best Art Direction, And Best Costume Design. The movie won the Best Make-up category and make-up men Rick Baker and Gail Rowell-Ryan took home an Oscar. The movie also won for the same category at BAFTA 2001. Jim Carrey was nominated for a golden globe in 2001 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical. He went on to win the MTV Award for Best villain in the same year.