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Illumination Releases ‘The Grinch’ Trailer

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Attention animation fans! We have a new trailer for Illumination’s upcoming film, The Grinch.This film is set to open on November 9th in US theaters and has the voice talents of Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role.

The trailer follows our mean old Grinch as he wakes up, orders his dog around and stomps around the local grocery store. Perhaps my expectations were exceedingly low but I thought this trailer was ok. It didn’t blow me away, but I didn’t hate it. I am extremely skeptical of another attempt by Illumination to take on Seuss after the disaster of The Lorax, but just as a trailer it was fine. The animation was fine. The voice-work sounds fine from Cumberbatch. It reminded me of The Angry Birds Movie trailers which were fine.

The problem with Seuss adaptations is there just isn’t enough meat on the bones for a 2 hour feature so they have to puff it up with new story-lines that usually are awful.The closest anyone has come to making it work is Blue Sky’s Horton Hears a Who and that’s only marginally passable.

I am not a fan of Ron Howard’s Grinch film, so I am hopeful this will be at least better than that effort. Some have pointed out the similarity of this trailer to Despicable Me, which is a valid point. If the movie can be executed as competently as that film I will be satisfied. I at least didn’t see any minions-like characters, so that is a relief.

What do you think of this trailer? Did you love it, hate it or are you like me and thought it was ok? Put in the comments below and let’s discuss it!

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About Rachel Wagner

Rachel has loved animation since she was a little girl singing songs from The Little Mermaid at the top of her lungs. She currently works in social media marketing and loves to blog and vlog about Disney, Pixar and all kinds of movies in her free time. Her favorite movie is Up and she considers herself quite the Cinderella aficionado seeing every version she can get her hands on. She also loves animated TV shows like Simpsons, Gravity Falls, Star Wars Rebels and more. Follow her on twitter @smilingldsgirl
  • Dave 52

    Okay, this surprisingly looks better than what I thought it was going to be. The animation is decently Seuss and is above what is usually put out by Illumination, the visual gags and slapstick are mostly well done, the rendition of the classic song is surprisingly very catchy, and even the bit with “Happy” was a nice wink and nod of how overplayed that song was. I also like how that most of scenes shown in the trailer seem to get their point across without dialogue, instead focusing on the actions of the character to get the point across. It does remind me of what Jones did with the original: letting actions speak louder than words. Granted, I doubt the whole film will take that route but I will respect it more if it does. Honestly, I’m somewhat impressed so far. Maybe there is a chance this can be a decent adaption and succeed where The Lorax failed. Heck, it’s already miles ahead of the Jim Carrey one because it’s actually nice to look at.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I liked the Lorax actually. But if it’s going to be a musical, the narrative needs to improve a little. And the Grinch needs a less annoying antagonist than Mr O Hare.

      • dlizsehshus

        I liked the Lorax also. Whats with people here calling it a failure and a disaster? Ah the film actually did real good at the boxoffice. So not a failure. You don’t like the film fine. But at least get your facts straight people.

        And whats with Rachel Wagner complaining that the Dr Seuss stories shouldn’t be made to 2 hour films because they are short.

        Ah so does that mean Fairy Tales shouldn’t be adapted to two hour films also.

      • Zardoz

        I liked the Lorax too. Whats with people calling the film a failure? The movie did real good at the boxoffice. So not really a failure. Yeah you don’t like the film fine. But at least get your facts straight.

        Whats with the criticism about expanding the story by Dr Seuss because its too short? What about all those Disney fairy tale films. Those stories were short also.

        • Manuel Orozco

          True since it was #1 on opening weekend

  • Chelsea Warner

    Well the good news is that it doesn’t look terrible.

    • Rachel Wagner

      That’s kind of where I am at on it

  • Harith Sami

    The Grinch? Feels more like Gru with green fur, specially in the supermarket segment.
    Why does the Grinch go to a public supermarket? Isn’t he avoiding people by living out of town? Seems like another lazy but profitable Illumination film to me.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I don’t find it that big of an issue to be honest.

      • dlizsehshus

        Yeah I don’t see a problem with it either. The Grinch hates the Whos so stealing from them makes perfect sense.

      • racy1285

        I don’t have a problem with it also. The Grinch hates the Whos so it makes sense that he would steal from them. It makes more sense them him eating garbage like in the live action film.

    • Rachel Wagner

      Yeah it’s a fair point about him shopping. We’ll see how they work it into the story

    • Dave 52

      In the synopsis it says he only goes down to Whovillie when he runs out of food. Other than that, he prefers to be alone.

    • racy1285

      The same reason everybody goes to a supermarket. To get food.

      He hates the Whos doesn’t mean he’s avoiding them. Since the main part of the story is him stealing christmas presents, trees, and ornaments.

      • Harith Sami

        Am having a feeling that to extend a short story into an hour and a half film, Illumination will add in allot of filler (just like Minions 2015). The Tim Curry version added parts focusing on the lead’s crazy performance.
        In this case they’ll add “comedic” scenes, where the Grinch does everyday Gru stuff.

        • racy1285

          And? Whats the issue with extending the story. Your acting like this is the first animated film to expand from a short story.

          Its supposed to be comedic. And since when did Gru became the only animated character to have a daily life. So I guess Aladdin must be copying Gru too since he steals something from the market in a comedic showing his daily life.🙄

          • Harith Sami

            Look at the Lorax, the only redeeming qualities of it were the parts of the original story (which I didn’t care for anyway) everything else was fish dancing with minion noises and a generic CEO bad-guy plot.
            And I compared the Grinch to Gru because he acts almost exactly like him in the trailer and Illumination never feared recycling old ideas, plots. . . . . and character models.

          • racy1285

            I enjoyed the Lorax so I can’t really see your nitpicking.

            I usually wait until I actually see the actual movie before I assume anything.

            Oh please you wouldn’t be comparing him to Gru if this wasn’t being made by Illumination. When I saw the trailer I was reminded of how the Grinch acted in the Chuck Jones “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” cartoon so meh. But hey Im not biased against Ilumination . I think they do great work just like Disney and Dreamworks.

  • Manuel Orozco

    Not a standout teaser. But I did think the Happy reference was funny. And the animation looks impressive as ususal for an Illumination entry! I didn’t see the live action Grinch because Jim Carry looked intimidating in his makeup. However, I am seeing this new version no matter what.

  • Marielle

    I actually like this trailer. I’m not a fan of Illumination. Their art is always boring, Sing was horrible and The Secret Life of Pets was just too bland. Their only movies I really liked were Despicable Me 1 & 2. I disliked Minions and Despicable Me 3.

    The Grinch’s character design is bland as usual, but the environments look fun so far. The Grinch’s cave/lair looks amusing and Whoville looks fantastic from afar. The Whos themselves look better than I expected. The grocery store was funny.

    If this is going to be like Despicable Me with a Christmas theme, I’m down. Grouchy man + young girl is a cute funny combination. I hope they pack the movie with Christmassy decorations and food, it could be a new Christmas cult classic.

  • Yellow

    This trailer actually made me lose hope in the movie. I think they got the characterization of the Grinch wrong.

  • Matthew Taranto

    It’s not a bad trailer–I do like the emphasis on slapstick and they’ve caught the look of the world decently enough–but it’s a bit underwhelming. The Grinch’s mischief in the grocery store has potential to be fun, but I found the gags in this trailer to be fairly middling and not particularly clever. I wasn’t crazy about the pop culture reference with the song “Happy” either (although having it echo throughout the cavern was kind of fun).

  • Lol Despicable Me has been so far from my mindspace I forgot it felt like that haha!! Omg its soooo true, especially that weird little “Happy” omage lol!! But agreed didn’t like the Howard film, but this definitely looks a lot better, though not as GREAT as I weirdly hoped lol!

  • Katie Prus

    I have a feeling they went the pixar route and this bit may actually not be in the movie. Either way,I am going to go see it and I hope it does well, for Dr Seuss’s case