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New trailer for The Grinch has plenty of Seussian sight gags to spare

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Sep 18, 2018

Start firing up your tong-tinglers and foo-flounders, because a new trailer for Illumination Entertainment's The Grinch has landed on the snow-covered roof of the internet.

As the third film to tackle Dr. Seuss' classic holiday publication from 1957, The Grinch will be the first to use 3D computer-generated animation, compared to the hand-drawn visuals of the 1966 TV movie and the live action of Ron Howard's 2000 feature film starring Jim Carrey.

Since these are the folks who brought us Despicable Me and Minions, they know their way around a sight gag or two.

By watching the new trailer below, you can pick out a laundry list of clever little easter eggs that heighten the viewing experience for adults who are looking for more than just fart and poop jokes. One standout moment finds our titular character spraying his armpits and freshening his breath with a canister of "Mold Spice."

Add in a modern hip-hop remix of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" from Tyler The Creator and you're good to go.

Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) voices the eponymous green ghoul, who hatches a plan to rob Whoville of the Christmas experience. His hatred for the Yuletide season was never explained in the original book or the '66 adaptation. In Howard's film, the Grinch's sour attitude comes from being bullied mercilessly by his classmates around the holiday.

For Illumination's take on the iconic tale, it seems that our garlic-souled protagonist was an orphan in Whoville who never got adopted. As a result, his outlook on Christmas took a turn for the dark when he was forced to watch all the other children enjoy receiving presents and eating sumptuous feasts.

In addition, he won't just have his dog Max for companionship this time around. Based on the trailer, the Grinch always has some sort of mountain Yak following him around.

Check out a new poster for the family-friendly movie:

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Credit: Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures

Since Seuss' story is not terribly long, any studio wanting to make an hour-and-a-half movie needs to pad things a bit. This will come in the form of a B story as young Cindy Lou Who and her friends plan to capture Santa Claus, so that she can thank him for helping out her overworked single mother.

The Grinch — written by Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow and directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney — slides down the chimney to swipe your tree, presents, and roast beast on Nov. 9.


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