The Halloween season is nearly over, and I haven’t yet written a thing. This ends tonight. This ends because I saw a new/old Halloween special that I had never heard of until last week. I have been trying to create some holiday memories for little kids I know. These memories have consisted of pumpkin bread, cotton spiderwebs, and vintage TV Halloween cartoons. We watched and enjoyed all time classics like It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and Garfield’s Halloween Adventure. In my searches for specials to watch I came across Halloween is Grinch Night. Somehow I had never heard of this spooky short and last night we snuggled together to be entertained with a brand new cartoon.
Don’t do it. Don’t watch it. Or if you do do it, (I said do-do) watch it first and then come back to read the review.
It is awful. It’s Atrocious. It’s Dismal. It’s a three decker saurkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce.
I now understand why this movie has never crossed my path. From start to finish it lacks the magic that How the Grinch Stole Christmas possessed. The animation is bad and the story line is confusing. It’s hilariously poorly written. Let me tell you why:
This movie is a prequel to the Christmas Grinch. So at the start of the film we know that the Grinch begins as an evil character and also ends as one. The story is set in Whoville on Halloween night, a holiday which isn’t even celebrated. All the Whos get scared of something called “the sweet and sour wind” and lock themselves in their houses. During the spooky wind the Grinch comes down with a bunch of scary stuff hauled by his dog and then the Grinch scares them. But not this Halloween. A little boy named Euchariah decides he cannot stay inside during the sweet and sour winds because he needs to go to the Euphemism. Most of the movie I was confused as to what the Euphemism actually is. It’s the outhouse. So this little boy has to pee. On his way to or back (I cannot remember) from peeing he encounters the Grinch. He gets scared, and then braves up and somehow the Grinch decides not to scare Whoville. That’s it.
There’s the Grinch’s dog, Max. He’s not wearing antlers for this trek down the mountain. The colors are awful, don’t you think?
Speaking of awful colors, the Grinch isn’t even his glorious shade of green. He’s a sad late 70’s shade of earth tone that was probably found in the Euphemism.
One good thing came of my watching this show. I found the original ad for the show from it’s debut.
This takes me back to rummaging through the Sunday newspaper to find the TV listings booklet to see what was going to be on during the holidays. Back when you had one shot and only one shot to watch the good stuff.
If you are doubting me, would love to prove me wrong, or are just morbidly curious. Check out the show for yourself. I want to know what you think!