New ‘The Grinch’ Trailer has Benedict Cumberbatch Stealing Christmas

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Illumination and Universal Pictures have released a new trailer for upcoming CG-animated feature The Grinch, with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the classic Dr. Seuss character.

That Christmas cheer in Who-ville is getting louder and more irritating every year, and this year they are planning on making it three times bigger. Just, no. Thankfully, the Grinch has a plan: pose as Santa Claus and steal Christmas. What could go wrong?

It’s firmly in the style of Illumination’s Despicable Me franchise, both in terms of its colourful animation and ‘bad guy gon’ good’ narrative. It looks fun and sweet, with plenty of nods for Seuss fans, and you just know Max the dog and that Yak are going to be crowd-fave scene stealers.  Check out the new trailer below, featuring a hip hop take on “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by rapper Tyler the Creator.

The Grinch, also featuring voice work from Pharrell Williams (as the narrator), Ariel Winter, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely and Angela Lansbury, will hit the US on 9 November and arrives in Australia on 29 November.

Official synopsis for The Grinch:

For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism.


Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Who-ville when he runs out of food.


Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.


Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who—a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer—plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all?

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