Ever wonder why Dr. Seuss’s Grinch is green? Well, it wasn’t always that way. To find out more about the Christmas misanthrope, continue reading our list of fun trivia facts, courtesy of Info Please and the Internet Movie Database.
1. The Grinch was originally drawn in black-and-white with hints of red and pink, just like the rest of the book. He was turned green when the book was made into a TV cartoon in 1966. The director, Chuck Jones, was inspired to make him green by ugly rental cars he had driven.
2. Jones and Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, were friends and worked on the television cartoon together. Dr. Seuss wrote some of the song lyrics for the cartoon, including “Welcome Christmas.
3. “The Grinch” is 53 years old, the same age Dr. Suess was when he wrote the book.
4. In the live-action movie directed by Ron Howard in 2000, Jim Carrey’s suit was made of dyed ox hair. Each hair was individually sewn onto his spandex suit.
5. “The Grinch” has been translated into dozens of languages.
6. Boris Karloff was the original narrator and voice of the Grinch. Movie buffs might know him best from “Frankenstein.”
7. Max the dog had a much smaller part in the book. He was given a larger part in the cartoon version to represent the audience. “He was the one you wanted to rescue,” Jones said.
8. The man who originally sang “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” Thurl Ravenscroft, was also the voice of Tony the Tiger, the mascot of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal.
9. The line that says, “You’re a rotter, Mr. Grinch” used to be censored on television because it was considered too profane.
10. In the book, the Whos were furry and didn’t wear any clothes. They didn’t even have shoes! But the female Whos had high-heeled feet.
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11. In the live-action film, nearly 8,200 Christmas ornaments, about 2,000 candy canes and more than 52,000 Christmas lights were used.
12. It cost more than $115 million to make the 2000 film.
13. There hadn’t been so many people in heavy makeup since “The Wizard of Oz” in 1939.
14. Costume designer Rita Ryack was inspired by the 1950s for the film. She looked at old cookbooks for ideas and gave the Whos costumes with vintage buttons.
15. It took two-and-a-half hours to apply Jim Carrey’s makeup. It took another hour to take it off.
16. The actor improvised the line: "6:30 p.m. Dinner with me; I can't cancel that again."
17. When Jim Carrey directs Max before he steals Christmas, he’s parodying Ron Howard.
18. Jim Carrey’s yellow contact lenses were so uncomfortable that he couldn’t wear them at times during filming. They had to be colored in post-production.
19. Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson almost played the role of the Grinch. Jim Carrey accepted after he heard a kids’ choir sing, “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”
20. There are some references to sorority Sigma Kappa in the original story because Geisel's wife was a member.
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