Growing up, I can remember watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas every year on TV. Since I enjoyed watching it so much as a child, it does not surprise me that my oldest son loves it too. We have a copy of it that we taped one year and he will watch it anytime-even in the middle of summer. He was thrilled when he learned that we had the opportunity to review the DVD Dr. Seuss's Holidays on the Loose! Not only would we now have a commercial-free version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but there are two other Grinch classics included. Here is the synopsis of the three stories:
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas! –“Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot.” And every family likes How the Grinch Stole Christmas! a lot! Based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved book, this joyous, heart-tickling holiday event which features the voice of legendary actor Boris Karloff, has delighted all ages since its 1966 debut. Can the Grinch steal the town’s holiday spirit by stealing their holiday treats? Or does Christmas…perhaps…mean a little bit more? The answers to those questions unfold charmingly under Chuck Jones’ pitch perfect direction.
- The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat – What happens when the mischievous Grinch decides to wreak havoc on the world but the happy and ever-so-delightful Cat in the Hat stands in this way? The result is a triumphant story of an unlikely hero who uses a little caring and compassion to help save the world from an unfriendly and unbeautiful future. Watch and see if the Cat in the Hat can go from peaceful picnic in the shade to helping the frightfully mean Grinch turn a new leaf. This special earned an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 1982.
- Halloween is Grinch Night – The sinister Grinch who stole Whoville’s Christmas is back to declare Halloween as “Grinch Night!” While the Whos are caught in a horrible storm of Sour-Sweet Wind, the Grinch and his trusty pooch Max, take this opportunity to terrorize the little town. Unfortunately for him he is surprised by a young boy whose unexpected courage prevents the Grinch from unleashing his awful horrors onto their tranquil town. Grinch Night will never be the same! This special earned an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Children’s Special in 1978.
Our thoughts: My kids love watching this DVD-especially since it has the Grinch in it. How the Grinch Stole Christmas will always be a Christmas classic in my house. I just love how the story shows that Christmas is not about the presents, but so much more. I think that often kids get too wrapped up in the material aspect of Christmas, instead of focusing on the precious gift that God gave us through his Son. While they enjoyed all three features, How the Grinch Stole Christmas will always be the favorite. But a close second is The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat. Both my boys love the Cat in the Hat, so combine him with the Grinch and of course, they want to watch it.
If your children love Dr. Seuss's stories, I would definitely recommend this DVD.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the DVD to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and my honest opinion of the product.