The Mean One is a dark version of the Dr. Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Cheryl E Preston
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The Grinch has been reimagined

In the Dr. Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas the main character has his heart grow 3 sizes when he realized the true meaning of the holiday season. The animated television special has been entertaining fans and bringing the message of redemption to the world since 1966 and is based on the book released in 1957. A song in the Christmas cartoon is titled You're a mean one Mr. Grinch and was sung by Thurl Ravenscroft who was the original voice of Tony the Tiger for Kelloggs Frosted Flakes. Now In 2022 a horror film based on the Grinch The Mean One will soon be in theaters.

The Mean One is directed by Steven LaMorte and written by Flip and Finn Kobler who turned the Dr. Seuss character into a serial killer. Christmas used to be a season when goodwill and peace on earth were the messagesme in television, animation, and fil. In 2022, however, we are greeted with a slasher film that is far from what Theodore Geisel intended for his beloved character.
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Dr. Seuss on the loose

Dr. Seuss was not a bible thumper Geisel has been called a liberal and moralist and his messages came through loud and clear in a subtle manner. He was a lifelong Synod Methodist who became frustrated with the commercialization of the holiday. He wrote the Grinch as a grouchy and anti-Christmas grouch who believed if he took away all the material trappings the Who's down in Whoville would not be able to celebrate. Instead, the Grinch had an epiphany that Christmas does not come from a store and is something more and his heart grew three sizes that day.

For many, the underlying message in the story is that the true meaning of the holiday season unthawed the coldness of the Grinch and changed his life.Ironically Flip Kobler used to work for Disney and lent his skills to child friendly films like Beauty and the Beast the Enchanted Christmas and The Lion King II. Now he has turned the harmless fan favorite cumdgeon from How the Grinch Stole Christmas into a cold blooded serial killer in The Mean One. Me thinks Dr. Seuss would be turning over in his grave if that were possible. It'snot clear yet how the generalpublic will react to this changing of Christmas history but the makers of this new film might find that they themselves are being called the mean ones.

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