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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Illumination has just released the first full trailer for their upcoming animated film, The Grinch. Of course, this is an adaptation of the original Dr. Seuss holiday classic, and with it comes plenty of story points we’re all sure to expect.

However, if you were expecting to see some of that in this trailer…you’ll be disappointed. Rather than focus on retelling the story we all know so well, they’ve decided to have this first trailer focus more on gags revolving around how mischievous the Grinch is. From his wardrobe of “miserable” pants, to his willingness to suck on a pickle before putting back in the jar and into somebody’s shopping basket, it’s full of little jokes that will likely hit with kids.

More than anything, it does a solid job of establishing just what kind of Grinch this is. While this Grinch hates people, he still seems to go into town on a regular basis and have interactions with his Who-ville neighbors.

Below is the 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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SOURCE: Illumination

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.