The Christmas film going strong on Netflix UK for eight weeks
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The Christmas film going strong on Netflix UK for eight weeks

Spooky season is still hanging around, but tell that to the holiday season-loving gang, who have tuned into the Christmas mood as soon as the calendar turned to November.

The Christmas season is upon us, and Netflix UK has been the quickest to pick up on the festive fervour. As we enter November, the streaming giant’s viewership data reveals that Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch has maintained its strong presence for eight consecutive weeks. 

Currently sitting at the eighth spot on the top ten films chart, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch has shown that Christmas enthusiasts are already out and about. They are clearly already embracing the holiday spirit with full gusto.

Directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is a heartwarming animated film released in 2018. The movie is based on the classic Dr. Seuss story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The screenplay was penned by Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow, who successfully brought the beloved tale to life with a modern twist.

The film features the voices of some notable actors, with Benedict Cumberbatch taking on the role of the green and grouchy Grinch. The talented ensemble also includes Rashida Jones as Donna Who, Kenan Thompson as Bricklebaum, and Angela Lansbury as the Mayor of Whoville.

What is Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch about?

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch tells the familiar story of the Grinch, a solitary and misunderstood grump who lives high atop Mount Crumpit. The Grinch detests the festive spirit of the Whos down in Whoville as they celebrate Christmas with unrivalled enthusiasm. 

In an attempt to put an end to their joy, the Grinch devises a plan to steal Christmas by disguising himself as Santa Claus and pilfering all the holiday decorations and gifts. However, his plan takes an unexpected turn when he is captured by a young Who named Cindy-Lou, who had plans of trapping Santa instead.

Speaking of how much he enjoyed playing the big ol’ green meanie, Cumberbatch told, “​​I had a lot of fun doing that. It’s lovely being mean. It’s great fun. I wouldn’t, myself, go about knocking the heads off snowmen or taking a jar away from a woman who’s trying to reach to the top shelf to get it and then put it back out of her reach. But I quite like playing those things.”

Upon its release, the film’s stunning animation got a positive reception, and it struck a chord with younger viewers who may not be aware of the original story or the other adaptations. And it is possibly this younger audience who have been enjoying this rendition on Netflix for eight weeks long because to the older folks, the Jim Carrey-starred How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) is still the obvious favourite.

You can watch the animated Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch on Netflix now, and catch the trailer here: