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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?


  • The Grinch - Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Cindy Lou Who - Cameron Seely
  • Narrator - Pharrell Williams

In Other Languages

Spanish El Grinch
Portuguese O Grinch
Japanese グリンチ
Chinese 鬼靈精
Korean 그린치

Production timeline

  • January 15, 2014: Plans for a How the Grinch Stole Christmas reboot dates back to this date, when it was scheduled for release on November 17, 2017. Illumination announced no more new films until August 2, 2016.
  • April 13, 2016: Benedict Cumberbatch was assigned to play The Grinch.
  • June 7, 2016: The Grinch was pushed back to November 9, 2018. Until January 25, 2017, another of Illumination's films was scheduled for release on July 13, 2018, before The Grinch.

Release timeline

Format Country of origin Date
Theatrical trailer #1 Worldwide March 8, 2018
Theatrical trailer #2 Worldwide June 14, 2018
Original theatrical USA November 9, 2018
Blu-ray Disc/DVD USA February 5, 2019




Trailers for The Grinch

The Grinch - Official Trailer (HD)

The first official trailer for The Grinch, as seen on Sherlock Gnomes, Season 7 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Forgotten Friendship.


The Grinch - Official Trailer 2 (HD)

The second official trailer for The Grinch, as seen on Incredibles 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. But had Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2 not switched release dates, Toy Story 4 would've had this trailer instead.


The Grinch - Official Trailer 3 HD

The last trailer for The Grinch, as seen on Smallfoot, Season 8 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rollercoaster of Friendship.

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Toy Story 4 (as of November 16)


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Wonder Park (as of November 16)


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