How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Corrected entry: A boom mike can be seen over the Grinch's head after he pulls the sleigh over his head on the mountain. (01:30:15)


Correction: Https:// This image indicates it is actually part of the metal frame at the bottom of the sleigh. When it's shown in close-up, it is at an angle, but there are two of the same metal parts.

Corrected entry: If she "blew every fuse in the house" trying to keep up with Martha May, as she claimed, then why are there operating lights in the house? And if there are working lights, why does Lou carry a lit candelabra in the house?

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Correction: Lou is only employing hyperbole with his claim that his wife "blew every fuse in the house", but he carries a candelabra because some fuses really are blown and he needs it to see while in those rooms,.


Corrected entry: In her investigation, Cindy Lou was told that the Grinch disappeared. Martha May says "And that was the last time that we ever saw him. The very last time." If that is so, then how did the Whos know that the Grinch was living on Mount Crumpit? The paper shown has a picture of Crumpit, and the Grinch in a close up.

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Correction: She may have meant her and her classmates. We don't know who took the picture of him on the mountain, or how close they got to him.

Corrected entry: In the scene when Cindy Lou Who is leaving the Grinch's cave after she talks abut the Grinch's cheermister award, she goes down the shoot to Whoville feet first, yet when she arrives at Whoville she comes out head first.

Correction: When the Grinch is going to his lair, it shows the route of the pipeline in a red line, during that, it shows it making a zigzag pattern. So when Cindy Lou is going down it, it is possible that her position would change, while still in it, due to turning within the zigzag.

Corrected entry: When they show the scene in the post office there are approximately 100 mail slots, that seems to be far less than the population of Whoville.

Correction: It's a big, bustling town. There's more than one postal area (ZIP code to Americans). This post office only services 100 people, and the one down the street services 100 more, etc.

Also, there could be some houses with home address mail boxes.

Corrected entry: How convenient is it that when he goes up to save the sleigh that there are steps to get up the mountain?

Correction: It's the top of his mountain. He made the steps himself.

Correction: It opens from the top, so if you're looking at her it appears that it's upside down.

Corrected entry: When the Grinch and Cindy Lou are coming down the mountain on the sleigh, and nearly crash into Lou and the Christmas tree, when Cindy's mum goes to get her off the sleigh, you can hear Cindy say "Mommy", but her lips don't move.

Correction: Her lips do move.

Corrected entry: When in the town square, the mayor announces that it's time for nominations for Holiday Cheermeister. The camera goes out to a wide shot, and there is a person in the foreground of the shot with a yellow balloon. The tether on it never straightens out like an ordinary string. It stays crooked.

Movie Nut

Correction: This is part of the magic of Whoville. Many things seem to defy physics in this world.

Corrected entry: When Cindy is in the Grinch's cave, she has gloves on. Yet when she falls into the trap door, she doesn't have any gloves on.

Correction: Cindy has gloves on in the Grinch's lair, and they are still on her hands as she falls down the trap door. They then come off during her slide down the chute. The gloves are still visible all the time because they are the type of gloves on strings (usually attached to the coat.)


Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, when The Grinch's dog is pulling the sleigh full of Christmas gifts up the mountain, the sleigh continues to move upwards the mountain although the dog has stopped pulling it.

Correction: Basic Newtonian mechanics: an object in motion tends to stay in motion. When the dog stops, the sled continues to move because of its momentum.

Corrected entry: When Betty is putting up her lights, Martha May comes out of her house and shows her the old antique chandalier thing. The next thing she shows her is the light machine. In one shot, Martha is shaking while using the machine, in the next she isn't. It keeps changing throughout the scene.

Correction: When you see far shots of Martha May shooting the lights, it APPEARS that she isn't shaking. But small motions like this are difficult to notice from far distances, no matter how good your eyesight is.

Corrected entry: In the middle of Whoville they have a very large Christmas tree. Towards the middle of the movie the Grinch burns it down and the Whos put out an "extra one." When the Grinch is "Santa" and steals all the Whos' presents he also takes the big Christmas tree that's in the centre of Whoville (you can see the tree in the big red bag on the sleigh when he's at the top of Mt. Crumpit). Later all the Whos are singing in a circle around the big tree that the Grinch JUST took.

Correction: The tree in his bag is one he took from one of the houses.

Corrected entry: As the Grinch enters a house to steal the gifts he lets moths out to "eat" the cloth stockings, this in fact is not true - it is the moth's larvae which eat the cloth.

Correction: Perhaps in the "real" Whoville, they have a different type of moth....

Correction: No you can not. The plums are computer generated.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Drew and Stu Lou Who are going up Mount Krumpit with the two girls at the beginning of the film, you can see a mike in one of the overhead shots - right around the time when the boys are saying 'You're scared of the Gri-inch, you're scared of the Gri-inch."

Correction: I watched that part and what was seen is actually the top of a pine tree.

Continuity mistake: After the Grinch stole all of the presents, Officer Wholihan gets into his police car and drags the mayor's bed out of his house. When the bed smashes through the window it breaks the top off the middle post of the bed. Then when it comes back to the shot of the bed it's been fixed.

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Grinch: Hello!
Grinch's Echo: Hello! Hello! Hello!
Grinch: How are you?
Grinch's Echo: How are you? How are you? How are you?
Grinch: I asked you first.
Grinch's Echo: I asked you first. I asked you first. I asked you first.
Grinch: Oh, that's real mature. Saying exactly what I say.
Grinch's Echo: Exactly what I say. Exactly what I say. Exactly what I say.
Grinch: I'm an idiot.
Grinch's Echo: You're an idiot.
Grinch: [Whispering] All right. Fine. I'm not talking to you anymore. In fact, I'm going to whisper. So that by the time the sound of my voice reverberates off the walls and gets back to me, I won't be able to hear it.
Grinch's Echo: You're an idiot.

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Trivia: When the Grinch takes the table cloth from the table, everything on the table was supposed to fall off. When Jim Carrey yanked out the cloth however, everything stayed in place. Jim immediately walked back to the table and improvised knocking everything off and then knocking the table over.

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Answer: It was a rocket sleigh.

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