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The Grinch's Benedict Cumberbatch spreads some ill will in full trailer for upcoming animated film

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Mar 8, 2018

Dr. Seuss' green-furred holiday hater is back in the first full trailer from Illumination Entertainment's animated take on How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Doctor Strange's Benedict Cumberbatch voices the titular character, who hates the Whos of Whoville and their love of the whole Christmas season. Whether it's because his shoes are too tight or his heart is too small, the Grinch gets an injection of some pop culture in the trailer by having his alarm clock wake him up with none other than the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. 

His faithful dog, Max, brings him some coffee from a very Seussian contraption not unlike Pee-wee Herman's breakfast machine, and then the two venture down into Whoville to cause some trouble. In a supermarket, the Grinch is unhelpful with a short lady trying to reach a jar and then opens a jar of pickles, tastes one, gets disgusted, and leaves without paying for it.

The Whos themselves (whose design are a mix of the people from The Lorax and the Whos from Blue Sky's Horton Hears a Who!) don't seem like they're afraid of this green interloper, unlike their fellows from the 2000 live-action film directed by Ron Howard. 

As for the plot, Illumination, like everyone else who's taken a stab at Seuss' works, has to stretch things out a bit from the original source material. This Grinch movie finds the eponymous introvert on Mount Crumpit wanting to stop Christmas after Whoville announces that they'll be making the festivities three times bigger than they usually do. He plans to steal Christmas from them by posing as Santa Claus (and Max as his reindeer), but at the same time, a young Who, Cindy Lou, hatches a plan to trap Santa in order to thank him for bringing such holiday cheer to her and her overworked single mother.

We're on board for this, but we wonder if there will be a narrator like previous iterations. Is Anthony Hopkins available to do it again? 

You can also check out the Grinch's sour expression (and Max's happy one) in a new poster below. 

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Courtesy of Universal/Illumination 

The Grinch will try and stop Christmas from coming when the film arrives in theaters on Nov. 9. Directed by Scott Mosier (Free Birds) and Yarrow Cheney (The Lorax), it is the third adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic 1957 story after the 1966 animated special and the 2000 live-action version that starred Jim Carrey.