Director: Scott Mosier, Yarrow Cheney
Studio: Illumination Entertainment
Rated: PG (For brief rude humor)
They wish him Merry Christmas and are openly nice even when he is predictably mean. There's even a Who in Whoville that seems to be under the impression that the Grinch is his friend (and considering some of the banter that takes place, it could be argued they are). For that matter, The Grinch is openly nice to his dog Max, and is sympathetic to a sidekick character created exclusive for this movie: Fred the Moose. It's all done in such a way that I questioned if The Grinch was even all that Grinchy to begin with. Sure, he had a lonely childhood, but that set up requires a more nuanced film than what Illumination is willing to give us. Their bread and butter are movies that include bright colors, fast movements, and characters to make plush dolls out of (which may even explain why attempts were made to make the Grinch himself look as cuddly as possible). Give Ron Howard credit: While he may have missed the mark, his adaptation flushed out the Grinch's back story in a much more substantial way to justify being two hours long (this movie barely cracks an hour and a half).
Parents, while there could technically be some "crude humor" in this, I don't think anyone's going to be offended by this. Recommended for all ages.