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‘The Grinch’ Steals Christmas in Newest Trailer!

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The Grinch has returned to steal Christmas yet again, but this time in the form of a computer-animated feature by the folks at Illumination Entertainment. The studio has released the third trailer for their upcoming adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss story, along with some newly announced additions to the cast.

Doctor Strange himself Benedict Cumberbatch shines as the titular green grump, who’s disgust towards Christmas convinces him to ruin the holiday by stealing all of Whoville’s presents. This aspect is prominently featured in this trailer, which is able to deliver some amusing and creative visual gags throughout. While not a grand trailer, it does at least convince me that the movie should be a significant improvement from Illumination’s previous Dr. Seuss adaption The Lorax, considering it’s more-faithful approach and lack of minion-wannabes.

Meanwhile, Deadline has revealed that more cast members will be joining the film alongside Cumberbatch, which includes Rashida Jones (The Awesomes), Keenan Thompson (Rock Dog), Cameron Seely (The Greatest Showman), and Angela Lansbury (Beauty and the Beast). Lansbury is confirmed to be voicing the Mayor of Whoville (and no, this ain’t the same Whoville Mayor we saw in Horton Hears a Who!).

Another noteworthy addition to the cast is Despicable Me music regular Pharrell Williams, who’s serving as the narrator. Although Williams isn’t said to be providing music, the new Grinch movie will feature an original song “I Am The Grinch” written and performed Grammy-nominated rapper Tyler, the Creator. A glimpse of his music style can be heard in his rendition of “You’re a Mean One” in the trailer, in collaboration with the film’s composer Danny Elfman.

The Grinch will be released via Universal Pictures on November 9, 2018, eighteen years after the live-action movie, and nearly fifty-two years after the classic Chuck Jones cartoon. On a side note, this appears to be the final Dr. Seuss film handled by Universal and Illumination, as all future adaptations are currently in the hands of Warner Animation Group, who are developing an animated Cat in the Hat feature.

The Grinch

[Universal / Illumination]

Is the trailer convincing you to check out this version of The Grinch? Do you think it will do justice to the Dr. Seuss story? Comment below and let your thoughts go loose!

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About Karl Smith

Deep down in New Zealand, Karl "Karlamon" Smith is a Kiwi who is passionate in animation, seeing it as an artistic medium that expresses vast creativity and brings unique characters and worlds to life. Whenever an animation-related fact pops up, it will more than likely be cemented in his brain for a long time. Some of his favourite animated movies include Zootopia, Balto, Bolt, Over the Hedge, The Fox and the Hound, the How to Train Your Dragon series, The Iron Giant, and The Prince of Egypt. Prior to contributing to Rotoscopers, Karl has served as a bureaucrat on Ice Age Wiki, and a moderator/site builder/news reporter on Animation Source. Karl is also a Computer Science graduate who is now studying Digital Design in university. That, and with his additional fascination in aviation, he hopes someday to be both an animator and a pilot (if that is even possible).