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Most Interesting Jim Carrey’s The Grinch 2000 Easter Eggs

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or The Grinch for short, is an American Christmas fantasy comedy directed by Ron Howard and written by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman, which was released in 2000. Based on Dr. Seuss’s 1957 book of the same name, this is Dr. Seuss’s first book to be adapted into a feature film. We may have watched this Christmas movie, but little do you know that there have been some The Grinch 2000 easter eggs that you probably missed on your first watch.

The Grinch – one of the best Christmas movies ever
The Grinch – one of the best Christmas movies ever

As is known, the Grinch movie is one of the most successful Christmas movies of all time with $345 million at the box office. Even though the movie did not receive positive reviews from movie critics, it has won the hearts of millions of audiences for its story and dark humor. For more than a decade, the movie had been the second successful holiday season movie of all time, only beaten by the Grinch cartoon, released in 2018. 

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 easter eggs can surprise everyone because it is really hard to notice even if you have watched it a couple of times. They can be about the Grinch cast and crew, details in Dr. Seuss’s original book, or many other aspects surrounding the movie. The holiday season is so close, then why don’t we sit back and revisit our classic and childhood The Grinch movie once again. You will not know what is waiting ahead of you, not to wait any longer, here are the most interesting The Grinch 2000 easter eggs that you may have missed on your watch. 

The Whole Family in the Whoville Town?

Ron Howard as a cameo in the movie
Ron Howard as a cameo in the movie

The first How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 easter eggs is one of the hardest details to notice. Do you know that in many scenes with crowds, the director Ron Howard had secretly played a Who. In the movie, he played a policeman from Whoville who yells as the Grinch grabs the Mayor’s shaving razor. His small role was not mentioned in the credit part, therefore, hardly anyone knows about this easter egg. At the same time, Bryce Dallas Howard – the daughter of the director Ron Howard, also has a small role as a surprised Who among the Grinch 2000 characters. That little girl in the near future had become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood with impressive roles in The Jurassic Park or The Help. Do you know that it was not the first time Ron Howard had appeared in a Christmas movie? Just watch Silent Night Deadly Night: Initiation (1990) to find out. The Grinch movie is also a way for the director to dedicate to his beloved mother – a Christmas lover who had passed away before his film was released.

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The Dark Humor

Who know what kind of party is it?
Who know what kind of party is it?

In the 2000s, it was actually popular for film directors and writers to add some adult elements in their kids movies, which can only be understood by adults. They can be dark humor jokes and punchlines about sensitive issues. We can easily see this aspect in many kid cartoons and movies such as rebooted Animaniacs, Rugrats, and Tiny Toon Adventures. Even the Pixar or Dreamworks animated movies also included adult details in their movies.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas is not an exception in this trend. At first, both director Ron Howard and actor Jim Carrey were warned by the studio not to add sensitive and dark jokes to the movie. However, when the movie was released, they found out that the studio had added some adult details without asking about their opinions. According to Jim Carrey, he thought that he wished he knew about this sooner because these grown up jokes and details seemed forced to the movies and not suitable at all with the children. One of the Grinch 2000 easter eggs is about the key party. Grinch’s parents missed his arrival probably not because they were hosting a holiday party. Looking at how they focused on the key in the bowl, some may realize that they were actually in a “swingers party”. The critical point is that the producer and the studio had inserted the trying – to – hard dark and adult jokes. Which was also what they had not allowed Howard and Carrey not to add at the beginning of the movie production.

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Green Eggs and Ham

Green eggs and ham on the plate
Green eggs and ham on the plate

This detail is among How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 easter eggs that relates to the original book of Dr. Seuss. In the scene with Cindy Lou Who’s dinner plate, you will see that the plate has green eggs and ham on it. Green Eggs and Ham is also the title of one of the most famous works by Dr. Seuss. For some accidental reasons, Netflix’s adaptation of Green Eggs and Ham was aired a year after the new Grinch movie in 2018, starred Benedict Cumberbatch. 

The Statues from Whoville

Horton the elephant
Horton the elephant

Another the Grinch 2000 easter eggs dedicated to the original works of Dr. Seuss and this time were the odd and statues which could be seen in Whoville. We can see the statue of an elephant, but it is not just a normal elephant. Fans of Dr. Seuss can immediately recognize this elephant as Horton – the character from the book Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who. This elephant was later adopted in an animation by the studio that produced Ice Age. At the same time, at the annual Cheer-mister’s nomination, we can see a strange animal statue in Whoville’s town square. Though it is not as clear as the statue of Horton, some recognize that statue as “Thinks” from the story “Oh, The Thinks You can Think” – one of the great works of Dr. Seuss that have not been made into movies yet.  

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Ron Howard’s spoof and his funny directing in the Grinch

Howard may be the best director for the movie
Howard may be the best director for the movie

This is not exactly among the Grinch 2000 easter eggs but more like a fun fact. One afternoon, during filming, the professional Impressionist Jim Carrey entertained himself by snatching Howard’s hat and ripping the improvised portrait of the famous director. Howard himself was so entertained that he put his dog Max into a Grinch scene about how he could be a reindeer with the mannerisms of Carrey based on Howard’s real life style. Meanwhile, Tom Hanks is also able to make a fairly solid imitation of the director having worked with him on Cast Away, and both his and Carrey’s iterations of Howard share a handful of identifiable traits.

The mission failed successfully?

An accidental scene of Jim Carrey
An accidental scene of Jim Carrey

Do you remember the scene in which the Grinch pulls the tablecloth, successfully keeps everything steady on the table, and then for some reason, shoves everything on the ground? Fun fact here, everything is not in the script. Like many other scenes that were created not on purpose and out of the script, this is among interesting the Grinch 2000 easter eggs that are actually accidental. In the script, Carrey’s character was required to yank the tablecloth, normally, everything on the table would be sent to the ground immediately. However, while filming, after pulling the tablecloth, everything remained steady, which Jim Carrey improvised to solve the scene by sweeping everything on the floor.

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