Today, we’re talking about How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Let’s get this out of the way right at the start – not that abominable Jim Carrey film, which deserves to die in a Yule-Log-fuelled fire. No, this is the 1966 cartoon, which is half an hour of glorious technicolour cheesy fun. Half an hour, because the story isn’t bloated out with unnecessary characters, side plots, Jim Carrey in dodgy prosthetics and a badly attempted Tim Burton aesthetic (OK, that’s the last time we’ll mention That Film, honestly).
And then there’s the songs, two of which really stick out. Firstly, there’s the Whos’ Christmas song, with the most annoyingly catchy nonsense sounds (“fahoo fores dahoo dores”). That’s a sign of the best Christmas songs, right? But that’s not the song which everyone remembers. That honour goes to You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch. Sung as the Grinch dresses as Santa to steal Christmas, it’s catchy, bouncy and perfectly conveys the Grinch’s lack of moral character. The song isn’t actually sung by Karloff, although they’ve done a great job of finding someone with a really similar voice – similar enough that without knowing beforehand, you might never notice the difference.