The Grinch is Back to Ruin Christmas

the grinch movie poster - a small baby grinch staring helplessly into the camera, or perhaps a void

From the creative geniuses behind Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets comes a fresh take on a Christmas classic: The Grinch.

Illumination Entertainment’s animated film, which is set to open in New Zealand cinemas on November 29th, won’t just be a remake of the 1966 TV classic – nor of the 2000 Jim Carrey film.

No, this version of Dr Seuss’s Christmas-hating character is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, and he ice-skates. This is an origin story, explaining just how the tiny-hearted mountain man became such a jerk.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is a funny, heart-warming story about a green yeti learning to love Christmas and the village people below. The Grinch is a prequel to this and will show how our fuzzy protagonist came to hate the Christmas season. It will also include the character’s beloved dog, Max.

Concerned fans of the character needn’t worry – head of Illumination Entertainment Chris Meledandri has been very clear that the Minion-birthing studio has made more than $6 billion worldwide since its launch in 2010. This should console toymakers around the world.

Watch the trailer below.