Advent Calendar House

Hosted ByMike Westfall

A salute to all TV holiday specials, but mostly the Christmas ones.

Advent Calendar House: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Day 1: It’s the season premiere! We take a look at 3 versions of Dr. Seuss’s classic Christmas tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, from 19662000, and 2018.
3 depictions of the Grinch, from 1966, 2000, and 2018.

On this episode

Topics and tangents

  • The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T., Dr. Seuss’s first and only feature film screenplay, which he disliked so much, he almost refused to agree to a Grinch TV special.
  • DiGio discovers Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice behind “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” was also Tony the Tiger.
  • Grinchmas, the annual Christmas celebration at Universal Studios Hollywood and Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida.
  • How Murray Saved Christmas, a 2014 animated TV special starring Jerry Stiller that just made my to-do list.

After this episode

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