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Gift Wrapped
by Richard Jack Smith

Benedict Cumberbatch, previously the booming voice of Smaug in The Hobbit films, turns his attention to another literary property, Dr. Seussí The Grinch. While the live action movie nearly drove Jim Carrey into a straightjacket, Cumberbatch relies on the magic offered by animation. Although his character could be viewed as apathetic, he creates a bridge, allowing for greater emotional development.

Gaining wisdom and dimension, the story adapted by writers Michael LaSieur and Tommy Swerdlow allows another character to take part. Notably, Cindy-Lou Who (Cameron Seely) wants to visit the North Pole yet she doesnít count on the distance. So she resorts to plan B, which involves catching Santa in the process of delivering presents. Ultimately, she has something very important to ask him. Hoping the enticement of milk and cookies will prove overwhelming, she doesnít foresee the green imposter who wants to steal Christmas.

A major selling point for me was Max, the dog whose loyalty to the Grinch proves unwavering. He even makes morning coffee for his master. What a champ! Meanwhile, I instantly felt the swoon for the green, pot-bellied ball of fur.

At its most poignant, Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosierís picture acts as a kindred spirit to Inside Out. For such thoughtfulness to slide into the crowded confines of animation means that ideas cannot be hindered by presentation or genre. Itís time for all filmmakers to enter the brainstorm.

(Released by Universal Pictures and rated "PG" by MPAA.)

For more information about Dr. Suess' The Grinch, go to the IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes website.

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