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Universal to Make an Animated ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’

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What did Dr. Seuss ever do to Hollywood? So far, the feature films made of his various properties have been less than memorable. Of the four forged from his beloved children’s books – ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas,’ ‘The Cat in the Hat,’ ‘Horton Hears a Who,’ and ‘The Lorax,’ only the third movie made any real artistic impact. The others, including the candy colored abomination starring Mike Myers as the world’s only hate crime accented feline, have gone on to become some of the most undesirable family films…ever! In fact, the infamous ‘Grinch,’ starring Jim Carrey and directed by Ron Howard is often named one of the worst holiday-themed efforts of all time. Now, according to Deadline.com and Film Buff Online, rights owner Universal is going back to the green meanie’s domain one more time to try and make things right.

Unlike the live action take attempted previously, this new version will be animated (now just another word for CG) and will be handled by director Pete Candeland from a script by Michael LeSieur. Both names should cause Seuss fans some concern. Mr. LeSieur’s biggest credit is the crap comedy ‘You, Me, and Dupree’ while Mr. Candeland’s work has mostly centered around being part of the animation team that worked on ‘All Dogs Go to Heaven 2,’ ‘Balto,’ and the Disney TV series ‘Bonkers’ and ‘Aladdin’ (he did direct something called ‘Harmonix’ for The Beatles debut on Rock Band, and it has to be said that it’s pretty impressive). The suits are hoping to have the new Grinch in theaters for 2017.

Of course, the problem with this revamp is the same with any attempt at a Seuss book: size. The good doctor didn’t write novels. He wrote simple children’s stories with straight forward narratives and easy to understand characters (Grinch = BAD! The Whos down in Whoville = GOOD!). When famed Warner Brothers animator Chuck Jones created his classic TV cartoon version of the story, he managed to fulfill every fans desire in 24 minutes without resorting to unnecessary backstory (the live action Grinch was mad because he was bullied as a kid…seriously?) or Jim Carrey’s over the top antics. The final result was a yearly ritual that brings a smile to even the most cynical Scrooge’s Yule weary face. Put another way – anything that can help us erase the memory of Howard’s horrible X-mas miscalculation from our mind is welcome news indeed – as long as it’s not more of the same.

Source: Film Buff Online

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