How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is about as close to damn-near perfect as any Christmas special is going to get.  Which makes it all the more shame that I'm kind of getting jaded with the thing.

Oh, I still enjoyed watching this, and I can't help but smile at the animation.  My issue - if the word even applies - on this viewing was actually with the music.  Now - before you start yelling - let me explain.  I love the music in this special.

Actually, that's the problem.  I love the music so much, I've been listening to various interpretations of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" almost nonstop since I started this holiday experiment.  It's one of the few holiday songs I have that mitigates the relentless cheer of the countless carols and classical pieces I've been listening to.

But, as an unfortunate side effect, it seems to have watered down the effect the song has on me when I heard it in context.

Like I said, I still enjoyed every minute of the special.  It's hard to image a more faithful interpretation of Seuss's classic, and the casting is utter genius, as is the music.

By all means, see this at once if it's been a while.  It's easily one of the best Christmas specials that's ever been made.