The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat

The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat

Original VHS cover
Genre Animation
Written by Dr. Seuss
Directed by Bill Perez
Voices of Bob Holt
Mason Adams
Frank Welker
Joe Eich
Narrated by Mason Adams as the Cat
Music by Joe Raposo
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) David H. DePatie
Producer(s) Friz Freleng
Dr. Seuss
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Marvel Productions
DePatie-Freleng (In-name only)
Original network ABC
Audio format Mono
Original release
  • May 20, 1982 (1982-05-20)

The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat ( also known as The Grinch vs. The Cat in the Hat )is an American animated musical television film and crossover starring Dr. Seuss' famous character, The Cat in the Hat being antagonized by The Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. It premiered on May 20, 1982 on ABC and won two Emmys.


The special opens on a morning that is so beautiful, even the Grinch wakes up in a good mood. However, his cheerfulness is soon revoked when his reflection in the mirror prompts him to repeat the "Grinch's Oath" and prove himself a Grinch. Meanwhile, the Cat in the Hat goes on a picnic. Their paths cross when the Grinch can't get his car around the Cat's, and things quickly escalate into a fierce car chase after the Cat unintentionally insults the Grinch by calling him "Mr. Greenface."

The Cat returns to the safety of his house, but the Grinch follows him there and tampers with his voice using a device he has invented, the "Vacusound Sweeper", in the process sabotaging other sounds within a 50-mile radius. The Grinch then proceeds to his "darkhouse", a lighthouse that spreads darkness, to tamper with the Cat's sight.

The Cat becomes upset with the Grinch's hijinks and has a psychiatric session with him in a thought bubble to find out what makes him so mean-spirited. Predictably, he gets nowhere with the imaginary Grinch, so he then decides to go over and have a talk with him, but the Grinch makes it so dark that he can't see where he's going, and he crashes his car when he passes a "Dead End" sign.

The Cat attempts to hide from the Grinch in a nearby restaurant, but the Grinch's machine continues to mess with reality, making the restaurant and everything with it literally come crazily to life, and his hijinks result in confusion all over the restaurant. The Cat is now furious with the Grinch and ponders to himself how he can change the Grinch, eventually racing through a door and sending himself hurtling into the Grinch's Dimension. He soon figures it out and rallies everybody in the restaurant to follow him to the Grinch's house.

There, he leads everyone in a song to remind the Grinch of all of the love he received from his mother and implore him to change his ways ("Deep down in your brain, must you give her more pain? / Please soften your heart, make Mom happy again"). The Grinch cries when he hears this, disassembles his machines, and continues his change of heart into the next morning. When his reflection tries to convert him back to his old self, though, Max drains out his voice with the Vacusound Sweeper.

Voice cast


Musical numbers

  1. "A Beelzeberry Day" - The Cat
  2. "Relax-ification" - The Cat
  3. "Master of Everyone's Ears" - The Grinch
  4. "Most Horrible Things" - The Grinch
  5. "Psychiatry Song" - The Cat
  6. "Remember Your Mother" - The Cat, Chef, Musicians and Waiters


1982 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.[1]

Production notes

Both the Grinch and the Cat in the Hat were recast with different voice actors than the ones used in previous specials, all of whom had died. Bob Holt voiced the Grinch (Hans Conried, who voiced the Grinch in Halloween Is Grinch Night, died a few months before the special aired; Boris Karloff, the original voice of the Grinch, had died in 1969), while Mason Adams took over voicing the Cat in the Hat from the late Allan Sherman, who died in 1973. Since then, Friz Freleng was absent from the production in The Pink Panther in: Pink at First Sight due to his departing from DFE to return to Warner Bros. Animation, this was the only other fully animated Friz Freleng production to be by Marvel Productions and one of the last DFE cartoons to be involved with Friz Freleng.

Home media

The special was first released on VHS in the mid-80s via CBS/Fox Video's Playhouse Video division, and reissued later in the decade. This release used its working title The Cat in the Hat Gets Grinched. The special retained its normal name on VHS re-releases (including Dr. Seuss Sing-Along Classics by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with CBS Video and Fox Kids Video). It was also re-released on VHS in 2000 by Paramount Home Entertainment. It was later released on DVD by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The DVD cuts out half of the car chase sequence, ending the chase after the Grinch drives into a mud pit.

The special was released again on DVD by Warner Home Video on October 18, 2011 as part of the Dr. Seuss's Holidays on the Loose! DVD set, along with How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and Halloween Is Grinch Night.


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