How the Grinch Saved Christmas

Today I watched part of Ron Howard’s movie rendition of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on HBO. I last watched the movie when I was just a boy of 10, but then, all I remember doing was chuckling at Jim Carrey’s shenanigans on the tube.

After 10 years, it was only now that as a young lad, I understood how deep the message of the movie was. When I was a boy, I didn’t listen to the dialogue, but now that my attention span exceeds that of a goldfish’s I couldn’t help but post what I learned today. I’ll quote some of the lines from the movie to help you see what I learned.

The scene that I chanced upon the movie was when the protagonist, Cindy Lou Who nominates the Grinch to receive the “Christmas Cheer-meister” award. She then goes to the Grinch and tries to convince him to go and accept the award.

[Cindy meets the Grinch for the first time]

Cindy Lou Who: You’re the… the…

The Grinch: [mimicking Cindy] The… the… THE GRINCH!

After throwing her out, the Grinch deliberates:

The Grinch: The nerve of those Whos! Inviting me down there – on such short notice! Even if I wanted to go my schedule wouldn’t allow it:

4:00, wallow in self pity;

4:30, stare into the abyss;

5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one;

5:30, jazzercize;

6:30, dinner with me – I can’t cancel that again;

7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing… I’m booked.

Of course, if I bump the loathing to 9, I could still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness.

But what would I wear?

The next scene takes the viewers to the Whoville-ians Christmas gathering, where the Grinch shows up “fashionably late” to accept the award. Before he could receive it, he must first be subjected to some “tests”, i.e. eating insane amounts of Christmas food, participating in a sack race…

The Grinch: No little child is ever going to beat the Grinch!!!

…and being tossed about in an uncomfortable parade chair. When all’s said and done, the scene cuts to the presentation of the Christmas Cheer-meister award. In an act to hurt the Grinch’s feelings, the Mayor of Whoville hands the Grinch a present, which the latter gleefully opens. The Grinch then takes out a shaving razor, as the scene shows flashbacks of the Grinch being bullied by his peers, the Mayor included, because of a botched shave job.

8-Year-Old Augustus Maywho: You don’t have a chance with her. You’re eight years old and you have a BEARD!

To add insult to injury, the Mayor proposes to Martha May, the Grinch’s love interest when they were still young.

Mayor Augustus Maywho: And if you marry me, you get this new car, which has been generously paid for by the taxpayers of Whoville.

The Grinch then snaps, and says:

The Grinch: That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? That’s what it’s always been *about*: Gifts, gifts… gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts. You wanna know what happens to your gifts? They all come to me. In your garbage. You see what I’m saying? In your *garbage*. I could hang myself with all the bad Christmas neckties I found at the dump. And the avarice…

The Grinch: [shouts] The avarice never ends! “I want golf clubs. I want diamonds. I want a pony so I can ride it twice, get bored and sell it to make glue.” Look, I don’t wanna make waves, but this *whole* Christmas season is

The Grinch: [shouts] stupid, stupid, stupid!

When I heard this quote, I couldn’t help but think of how true this passionately-said statement is in today’s world. Enough said.

Going on with the story, the Grinch goes on a rampage across Whoville. He first shaves the Mayor’s head with the shaving razor given to him. Next, he burns the town’s Christmas tree down to the ground. He then runs around the streets of Whoville, chaos ensuing among the crowds.

[a taxicab passes him by]
The Grinch: It’s because I’m green isn’t it?

Having his fun, the Grinch escapes via a trash chute that leads to his cave. He chuckles at how sad the Whovilles will be after what he’s done, but then sees a shocking sight: He sees how quickly the Whoville-ians recovered from the “disaster” by singing carols and putting up a spare Christmas tree in the town square.

The Grinch then plots another plan to ruin Christmas: steal the Who’s presents as they sleep. While preparing for the deed, he turns his dog, Max, into a reindeer:

The Grinch: All right, you’re a reindeer. Here’s your motivation: Your name is Rudolph, you’re a freak with a red nose, and no one likes you. Then, one day, Santa picks you and you save Christmas.

No, forget that part. We’ll improvise… just keep it kind of loosey-goosey. You HATE Christmas! You’re gonna steal it. Saving Christmas is a lousy ending, way too commercial. ACTION!

[Max knocks the red nose off]

The Grinch: BRILLIANT! You reject your own nose because it represents the glitter of commercialism. Why didn’t I think of that? Cut, print, check the gate, moving on.

I found the scene very Marxist, and again, very true. Sweet.

That’s the last part I saw before I left. If you want to finish the story, I suggest that you go see the movie, you won’t be disappointed.

Today we had a family reunion with my relatives at my uncle’s place. It was fun catching up with my cousins and seeing my nephews and nieces again.
I realized the great deal of time that has passed since we last saw and talked to each other. In other words, I missed them a lot. I remember telling myself today that I wouldn’t exchange the time I had today with my family for anything in the world.

Lou Lou Who: I’m glad he took our presents. You can’t hurt Christmas, Mr. Mayor, beacuse it isn’t about the… the gifts or the contest or the fancy lights. That’s what Cindy’s been trying to tell everyone… and me. I don’t need anything more for Christmas than this right here: my family.

Christmas is just another day, when you think about it. What makes it special is that it gives a person some very precious time to be with loved ones again.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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5 Comments

  1. I would disagree (that Christmas is just another day), but it’s Christmas. And you maybe don’t want to hear it anyway. 😛

    Ten years na pala ang The Grinch? I’ve never seen it! Rawr. How old am I? ((: Don’t answer. That’s rhetorical. 😛

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    • jian5

       /  December 28, 2009

      haha, don’t worry, we have freedom of speech here.

      2000 years old. hahaha! Just kidding.

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      • Meh, but you don’t ever like me disagreeing. You always complain about it. 😛

        Whatever, gay. Ikaw 3000. Haha 😛

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  2. Kat

     /  December 27, 2009

    I wonder if you had watched that movie around the same time I saw it on HBO. Only, I didn’t push through with finishing it because it had already started when I saw it was on. 🙂

    It’s great that you got to spend time with your loved ones this Christmas. ❤

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    • jian5

       /  December 28, 2009

      I saw the movie on Dec. 25, 2009, at about 2:00 PM. Yup, it’s corny to not see the start of a good movie, hahaha.

      Thanks! We have a part 2 for that for the New Year. I hope you’re having a great time with your bro and your parents!

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