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Today in History (1966): Dr. Seuss’ ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ airs for the first time

It’s almost 50 years ago since the animated version of one of the most well-loved holiday classics premiered!

The Grinch is one of the most popular characters associated with Christmas. A surly green creature, he simply hates everything that has to do with it – so much that he actually tries to ruin the fun for everyone else in the nearby town of Whoville and steal it! But of course, as we now know, the Grinch made a complete transformation in the end. This character first appeared in Dr. Seuss’ children’s book of the same title published in 1957.

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The animated TV special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” was first aired on CBS on December 18, 2013 and was directed by Chuck Jones. Actor Boris Karloff of the “Frankenstein” fame narrated the story as well as lent his voice to the Grinch. You may view the full animation on Dailymotion here. In the meantime, you can watch this short video clip:

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At the time of its release, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” was met with mixed reviews by the critics. It was aired annually during the holidays on CBS from 1966 until 1987, and on ABC starting in 2006. Throughout the years it had also been broadcasted in several other TV channels. At one point, TV Guide hailed it as number 1 in its 10 Best Family Holiday Specials list.

All information in this article were sourced from Wikipedia.

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