How the Grinch Stole Christmas / Horton Hears a Who

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4 Stars


Specifications:

WB Home Video Catalog 65044DVD
Released: September 28, 1999
MGM/UA Catalog 906722
Released: November 18, 1997
Running Time: 53 minutes
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Surround (English), Dolby Digital Mono (Spanish)
English and Spanish Subtitles
Closed-Captioned
Color
Region 1 (U.S. & Canada)

Contents:

  1. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (1966)
  2. "Horton Hears a Who" (1970)

Review:

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Horton Hears a Who" are two television specials based on books by Dr. Seuss and directed by the legendary Chuck Jones. I doubt that there are many who don't know the story of the Grinch, the creature with a heart so small that he tries to take away Christmas from the people of Whoville. This heartwarming tale is an indisputable classic which has been a holiday tradition for years. The stylish animation, narration by Boris Karloff, and skillful direction of Chuck Jones have proven this to be one of the best animated films ever created, for television or otherwise. The story of Horton is probably less familiar. It involves Horton the Elephant discovering a dust speck which is actually a tiny planet, complete with it's own civilization of people called Whos. Horton's friends think he's crazy and try to destroy the speck, all while Horton tries to get the tiny Whos to make enough noise to be heard and therefore prove their existence. This story is well told and animated, but it doesn't have all of the magic that the Grinch so unforgettable.

The picture quality of both films is excellent. The colors are bright and vibrant and there aren't to many dust specks or scratches. The audio is also good, and the inclusion of a Spanish audio track helps broaden the audience for the cartoons even more. Extra features for "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" include a Grinch trivia game, biographies of Chuck Jones, Dr. Seuss, Boris Karloff and June Foray, and also what is billed on the case as Grinch "pencil tests". The pencil tests are, in reality, merely 3 sketches of the Grinch in his Santa outfit. This is definitely a disappointment to anyone who bought this disc and expected to see real pencil test animation. "Pencil tests" are also included for "Horton Hears a Who", and in this case they are merely 5 pencil drawings of Jane the kangaroo.

The two films on this disc are fun for young and old alike. Thanks to the new, lower-priced edition from Warner Bros., anybody should be able to easily add this disc to their collection.

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Note: The original MGM/UA version of this disc in now out-of-print. You may view the front cover and the back cover of this version.

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