TRAILER, Poster Revealed for Illumination’s The Grinch

A new trailer and poster have been revealed for the newest incarnation of Dr. Suess’s beloved grouch The Grinch, from the makers of Despicable Me and Minions. Done in the same 3D style animation of previous releases Horton Hears a Who and The Lorax, the film is directed by Scott Mosier, Yarrow Cheney, stars Benedict Cumberbatch and will release in November from Illumination and Universal Pictures.

Image from the Universal Studios/Illumination release The Grinch, releasing in November 2018. Image courtesy of Universal.

If you’re like me, you grew up watching the original animated Christmas special, which was always a highlight of the Christmas season. It seems The Grinch has soared in popularity since then, especially considering Jim Carrey’s take in the live action film and a more pronounced presence in Universal Studios theme parks. The preview teases a really interesting new take. Check it out:

The official synopsis for the film follows:

Poster from the Universal Studios/Illumination release The Grinch, releasing in November 2018. Image courtesy of Universal.

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?

Find out, Christmas season 2018.

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