Benedict Cumberbatch is ‘The Grinch’ in Animated Film’s First Trailer

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Universal has dropped the first official trailer for The Grinch, the upcoming CG animated film featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the classic Dr. Seuss character.

Can you believe it’s been around 18 years since Jim Carrey took on the role in Ron Howard’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas? It’s certainly been long enough to warrant another big-screen take on the character, and perhaps the animated route is the way to go. Universal and Illumination Entertainment have had massive hits depicting a bad guy gone good with the Despicable Me franchise, so they could very well be the perfect studios to tackle another Grinch outing.

It’s a fun little trailer, keeping much of Cumberbatch’s vocal turn as the titular character under wraps while giving us a taste of the film’s overall style and tone. Time will tell if this works, but for now, here’s hoping for an amiable family film.

The film is directed by Yarro Chen (co-director of The Secret Life of Pets) & Scott Mosier (whose first foray in animated film was co-writing Free Birds) and written by Michael LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree, Keeping Up with the Joneses).

The Grinch will open in the U.S. on November 9 and arrives in Australia on November 29.

Synopsis for The Grinch:

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Who-ville when he runs out of food.

Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.

Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who-a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer-plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheming threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all?

Find out, Christmas season 2018.

Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment
Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment