Illumination is bringing ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch’ back to the big screen this Christmas.  But it’s never too early to begin drumming up excitement.  The first full-length trailer has been released!  The new film is supposed to explore the titular monster’s origins as a bullied kid, but none of that is shown here.  We instead get a day-in-the-life of the adult Grinch, presumably right before he attempts to steal Christmas.  And his day doesn’t get off to a great start as his alarm clock goes off to the tune of Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’.  I’d be pretty Grinch-y too.  (Although perhaps an equally infuriating and more au courant selection would have been Justin Timberlake’s tired-as-hell ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’.)

From there, we see the character, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, going about his day in Whoville, causing problems for its citizens.

Check it out below:


Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney co-directed ‘The Grinch’ which was originally supposed to be released on November 10, 2017, but was instead pushed to this November 9.  It was of course based on the ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ which was first published in 1957 and then adapted into an animated TV special in 1966.  In 2000, Ron Howard directed a live action film based on the story, starring Jim Carrey as The Grinch.  The book and both adaptations are annual holiday traditions for many, so the new animated film has a lot to live up to.

Illumination previously created a film based on another, lesser-known Dr. Seuss book, ‘The Lorax’ which made $214 million in the U.S.  The studio has a great track record, headlined by the ‘Despicable Me’/’Minions’ blockbusters.  Illumination also saw hits with ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ and ‘Sing’ both of which have sequels in the works.

‘Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch’ will be released on November 9, 2018.

Source: Entertainment Weekly