Top 19 The Grinch Movie Facts

Following is our collection of The Grinch facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of The Grinch film message.

In the live action rendition of How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Martha May Whovier's Christmas light gun would be too costly and time consuming to do in CGI, so the actual prop gun was actually built to wind up and pull the lights from the house and the video was simply played in reverse.

In "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", the bills say "one whodollar" and the coins have "e pluribus whonum".
In "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", the bills say "one whodollar" and the coins have "e pluribus whonum".

The Grinch Trivia

These trivia from Reddit and other sources can be used as questions with answers in quizzes or games.

  1. Jim Carrey insisted on singing all the different parts of "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch". Every voice on the track is an impression from Jim Carrey.

  2. To endure the makeup, when filming the live action 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas', Jim Carrey was coached by an ex CIA agent who specialized in helping agents endure torture.

The Grinch Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • The Whoville clocktower features a statue of Horton the Elephant (of Horton Hears a Who)

  • 1 - We learn the Grinch floated down from the sky during his parents' "annual Christmas get-together"... It's a swingers party.
    We learn the Grinch floated down from the sky during his parents' "annual Christmas get-together"... It's a swingers party.
  • 1 - In the final scene of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000), Cindy Lou Who passes Max (the Grinch's dog) a plate of Green Eggs and Ham. A nod to the popular Dr. Seuss book, "Green Eggs and Ham"
    In the final scene of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000), Cindy Lou Who passes Max (the Grinch's dog) a plate of Green Eggs and Ham. A nod to the popular Dr. Seuss book, "Green Eggs and Ham"
  • You can briefly see one of the birds from the Pixar short, "For the Birds"

  • " when Young Grinch is Climbing Mount Crumpet, in the upper left there is an Elephant in the clouds, most likely referencing Dr. Suess's Horton.

The Grinch Hidden Details

The Whos are having a swingers Christmas party. The old bitty is collecting all the party goers' keys in a fish bowl to be exchanged at the end of the night.

1 - Live action "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" you can see why the sisters' Xmas party went until morning without anyone leaving and noticing the grinch - they were having a key party (25:35-25:40)
Live action "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" you can see why the sisters' Xmas party went until morning without anyone leaving and noticing the grinch - they were having a key party (25:35-25:40)
1 - "Who Foods" carries green hair dye. In a scene it's pointed out the grinch's grocery shopping includes green hair dye, no other Who in Whoville is green or has green hair to dye, the market carries it specially for the grinch.
"Who Foods" carries green hair dye. In a scene it's pointed out the grinch's grocery shopping includes green hair dye, no other Who in Whoville is green or has green hair to dye, the market carries it specially for the grinch.

There is a rap song near the beginning that tells of the Grinch's teeth being all yellow. They are bright white in the film.

...Only just realised that Who-ville, should be called Hoe-ville. They seem to be swingers

At the Christmas party you can see as each couple enters that they are also participating in a key party

To get Max into the right mindset to be a reindeer, Jim Carrey behaves like a film director trying to influence an actor to fit the part. Carrey decided to imitate the nearby director (even using his hat). Ron Howard liked it so much he left it in the film.

1 - When the film flashes back to when the Grinch was a child the party goers put their keys in the jar...
When the film flashes back to when the Grinch was a child the party goers put their keys in the jar...
1 - Rashida Jone's character Donna Who is a nurse, an homage to her other role as Ann Perkins in 'Parks and Recreation', who is also a nurse.
Rashida Jone's character Donna Who is a nurse, an homage to her other role as Ann Perkins in 'Parks and Recreation', who is also a nurse.
The Grinch poster
The Grinch poster

The Grinch Plot

A grumpy Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of The Grinch. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Director Yarrow Cheney
Stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, Pharrell Williams
IMDB score 6.3