The Grinch Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch is a Mean One

The Grinch revives the classic Seuss story in animated form, with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the stealer of Christmas.

The Grinch animated movie will see our favorite furry green purloiner of Christmas tchotchkes back on the big screen, doing what he does best. This, time, though, the Mean One and King of Sinful Sots will be backed by the unmistakably deep, Shakespearean-molded voice of none other than Benedict Cumberbatch!

This latest adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s 1957 classic Christmas story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, will bring the tale to life via CGI animation. Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney are directing.

The Grinch Trailer

The new trailer for The Grinch has arrived!

Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, The Grinch trailer shows that the green furry misanthrope’s Christmas heist wasn’t just a Noel night lark. Rather, it was the culmination of a long-led lifestyle of generally inconsiderate behavior. Indeed, the oddly likable smugness of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock role is clearly present in this snapshot of the Grinch’s miserable life, though it’s misery put through the cheery pastel aesthetic of an Illumination animated feature (if the opening tag with the Minions hadn’t already set the tone for you).

You can check out the previous trailer below.

Shortly before The Grinch‘s first trailer arrived, the film had been creeping – in proper Grinch fashion – into the zeitgeist conversation, starting back in February with a promo during the Olympics.

The Grinch Release Date

The Grinch is set to steal box office business when it arrives on November 9. There will be Real D 3D and IMAX 3D releases for those who desire extra dimensions.

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The Grinch Details

The Grinch revives the iconic Seuss story, which was previous adapted to great prominence in the 2000 live-action film, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which, directed by Ron Howard, starred a heavily made-up Jim Carrey as the Christmas-hater. That film, arrived with tremendous expectations, adapting not only the 1957 story itself, but the iconic 1966 animated TV movie.   

However, The Grinch will apparently go out of its way to show more dimensions to Cumberbatch’s Grinch, with the film delving into the character’s childhood, exploring the events that shaped his Noel-nixing inclinations.

Here’s the official synopsis:

For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic.  The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit.  Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism.

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company.  With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Who-ville when he runs out of food.

Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations.  When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas.  To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.

Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who—a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer—plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother.  As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one.  Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus?  Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all?

Here are some of the posters we’ve been getting: