How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Continuity mistake: After the Grinch unscrews the light bulb in the town Christmas tree, all the lights in the town go dark and the Grinch starts to take off in his sled-thing. When they show a close up of him, the lights are on. Then a few seconds later, the lights are off again.

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Continuity mistake: After the Grinch stole all of the presents, Officer Wholihan gets into his police car and drags the mayor's bed from 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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Revealing mistake: When the mayor has his head shaved by the Grinch, Clint Howard grabs the clippers and shaves his own head down the middle. His hair is yanked off his head before he even moves his hand. Even better in slow motion.

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Continuity mistake: When the Grinch burns the christmas tree, in an overhead shot he isn't anywhere in sight, then in the following closeup he's back beside the ashes of the tree.

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Continuity mistake: When the Grinch is messing up the mail in the back room, he takes out a package and puts it in another one. When he takes his hand out the package falls out and lands next to the pile of presents. The mistake is when the camera goes to another shot, the package is not lying on the ground as it was before.

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Continuity mistake: When Miss Martha May is shooting the lights onto her house you see them lit as they are being feed into and coming out of the machine when the camera is pointing on her but when it's a far off shoot only the lights coming out are lit not the ones on the feeding wheel.

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Visible crew/equipment: When the two boys are in front of the Grinch's front door, a big monster comes out of the front door, scaring them. The boys then jump off the side of the rocks, and a cable attached to them is perfectly visible.

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Continuity mistake: When Betty Lou watches Martha May shoot the lights from her machine, she is holding a string of lit Christmas lights. Then in the first shot when she leans over the roof, holding the Christmas lights, the strings of lights is off and are then lit in the following shots.

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Continuity mistake: In the post office scene, when Cindy is talking to her dad, you can see a post box marked "Grinch" and it has nothing in it. Later we are shown a close-up of the Grinch mailbox and it has spider webs in it.

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Continuity mistake: As the Grinch and Max stand by the 'Dumpit to Crumpit' pipe, Max is missing his collar. It's back on him after they arrive at the dump.

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Revealing mistake: When the Grinch is accepting the Holiday Cheermiester award, Jim Carrey holds up his hand and his palm is facing the camera and you can see the piece of his suit has been slipped over his thumb to make it green and furry.

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Revealing mistake: During several of the scenes on the mountain you can tell that the rocks are made of some sort of soft material because you can see them crumple when the Grinch gets near them.

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Continuity mistake: When the two woman who adopted the Grinch show him a plate of cookies on a santa plate when he was younger, one cookie with red icing on it falls off the plate. In the next shot it's back on again.

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Visible crew/equipment: After the Grinch takes the little car, in one of the shots you can see a stage light behind him.

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Continuity mistake: When Max bites the Grinch in the mail room, and the Grinch starts spinning around, a pile of presents appears under the wall of mail slots between shots.

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Visible crew/equipment: When the Grinch is building the sled as he is putting the tin sheets on it there is an overview shot where you can see the shadow of the camera.

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Visible crew/equipment: The movie was filmed in a large set to recreate Whoville, but in the mayor's first appearance, if you look in Lou Who's glasses, you can see a stage light from the ceiling above.

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Continuity mistake: When the little girl first sees the Grinch the orange light is spinning around and you can hear a siren. Then when the Grinch speaks it conveniently turns off and back on again when he finishes.

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Continuity mistake: In the wide shot of the town square after the mayor says there "is no Grinch problem here!", the yellow car that had a full cab that the red car hit is missing, and the red car's right headlight that was knocked out in the crash with the yellow car is back in place.

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Visible crew/equipment: While The Grinch is returning to his home for the first time that we see and after he says "one man's trash is another one's potpourri" while he's entering you can see the shadow of the machine that holds the camera up high behind him and Max.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where the Grinch is talking to the town after he flips out during the Whobilation,the mayor in the background switches from facing inward to his assistant to facing outwards.

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Continuity mistake: In the wide shot that would be a view from the roof of Betty Lou's house, you can see the spool of lights on Martha May's cannon isn't lit up or moving.

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Revealing mistake: As the saw cuts around the Christmas tree, before it falls through the floor, you can see a faint line where the saw tracks around to cut the floor.

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Continuity mistake: When he's talking to Cindy Lou in the Post Office, Lou is riding on the movable ladder, When he says "You kids and the Grinch", he's right at the end of the track when the camera cuts to Cindy Lou. When it cuts back, he's just stopping at the end. The sound while the camera is on Cindy Lou suggested that the track was longer than it was.

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Continuity mistake: When the Grinch goes to wrap Cindy, he grabs the end of the wrap with his right hand and pulls. Suddenly, he has both hands on it, and there was the sound of his left hand grabbing added in.

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Continuity mistake: As Cindy Lou sinks in the sorter, her legs go from sticking up from the knees to only her feet visible in a second.

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Continuity mistake: The little car the Grinch commandeers and crashes after going on his rampage goes from having a little flame, to fully engulfed, and back before the explosion.

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Continuity mistake: After Cindy thanks the Grinch for saving her, he stops at the door. He slides his hand down the glass, and it comes off the glass well below his chin level. When he turns around, it's just at his chin height.

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Revealing mistake: When the Grinch is powering up his sled, he's turning on switches. The circular display is dark, then turns on during the process. If you look closely, you see the grid and the big black arrow on it before it is lit up.

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Continuity mistake: When testing his engines and after he hits the wall, he turns around and is leaning on the wall. He's tilted toward the "HIT HERE" circle. The camera cuts closer in, and he's now standing straighter in relation to the circle.

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Other mistake: When Martha May is getting ready to put up her lights with the cannon, she pulls a charging handle, and starts firing. If you watch closely, you see a lit string of lights come out, but the spool that they're on isn't moving, or lit up. Then after all of the lights are out, it still fires several more times (watch the aiming indicator- it continues to flash with the sound).

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Grinch: Fat boy ought to finishing up any time now. Talk about a recluse! He only comes out once a year, and HE never catches any flak for it! Probably lives up there to avoid the taxes! [Notices Santa leaving.] OOOpsy! Forgot about the reindeer. If I can't find a reindeer, I'll make one instead. Oh, MaaaaAAAAAX!

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Director Ron Howard eventually decided that he had to experience what the cast was going through (since they all had to spend so much time in makeup, especially Jim Carrey) so Howard wore the Grinch makeup one day and directed all day long as the Grinch.

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