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Images of Whoville from HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

Published at: April 7, 2000, 5:47 a.m. CST by staff

Hey folks, Harry here feeling a bit Grinch-y myself today, though that LOTR trailer swelled my heart up 4 sizes larger than usual... Here's some great spy-opticalography work by the Coenbros.... strange name that one. Word has it they have a honking laugh though. If you click on the pictures below... you'll get extra large crystal clear versions... Enjoy!



The photo of the whole Whoville set lit up was taken over a few nights during the shooting in January so it is a composite. They only lit part of the set at a time. If you look carefully to the far right you can see a very small Jim Carey standing on the roof of one of the houses. His sled is above the same house.

One of the photos was taken in the fall before the full set was completed. You can see the construction trucks and the unfinished buildings.

The last photo was taken of Whoville during the day shortly after filming was finished.

We still have drive on access to the Universal back lot just in case you have any homework assignments for us. We don't have access to schedules for upcoming shoots so the stuff we find is by chance but we can still get photos or video of stuff like the Bates Motel and house, New York set, and any thing else back there. Let us know.

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  • April 7, 2000, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Yup, That's It Alright

    by Cowblaster

    What can I say? That's deffinatly Whoville. Kinda looks like a theme park attraction. . .

  • April 7, 2000, 6:07 a.m. CST

    holy post toasties tinkerbell!

    by brush420

    these sets are fuckin' cool!!! That night shot looks like the electric light parade at disney world back in the day.

  • April 7, 2000, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Paging Tim Burton......

    by Glengarry

    Very nice design. I'l looking forward to this one. GG

  • April 7, 2000, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Narf makes that impressed whistling sound!

    by narf

    Okay, I'll admit it. It's hard to come up with some smartass smug comment about how bad this will suck. That set looks great! There, I said it. My reputation is ruined.

  • April 7, 2000, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Praise the Lord! That hideous obese Harry is gone!

    by Mr. Mike

    That "American Beauty" head was an abomination. I love blood and gore, but some things just cross the line of decencey, and seeing a fat and (nearly) naked Harry is one of them. No offense Knowles, but your pudgy body really is quite ugly, especially unclothed. Please, in the name of all that is good and cool, NEVER put another naked Harry up there!

  • April 7, 2000, 7:50 a.m. CST

    There Light Bulbs!!!!....

    by Duty

    It looks okay...Not great, but just okay. I dont like the lights. there light bulbs!! I see the light bulbs. Make sit look too much like a lame carnivel ride. but those rides are 30 years old!!! Man use some cool looking CGI for some of the lighting. Or some fiber optic wire with colors. but No, It Light Bulbs and your all ohhhing and ahhhhing...sad day.

  • April 7, 2000, 8:57 a.m. CST

    What's truly amazing,

    by uh_Clem

    is that even a cartoon animated by a professional STILL can't mug like Jim Carrey.

  • April 7, 2000, 9:14 a.m. CST

    The sets are lovely, but...

    by geekzapoppin

    Don't get me wrong. I love Seuss' work. He was truly one of the most gifted artists and writers of the 20th Century. However, there just isn't enough of a story there to carry an entire film. The sets look fabulous, but sets can only do so much. Remember THE FLINTSTONES? Ron Howard has a great knack for wringing wonderful performances from people, but I have yet to see any of his films have any visual flair. In order for this to work, it needs a director whose personal style can be immediately recognizable (ala Burton). Ron, if you read this, know that I have thoroughly enjoyed your films throughout the years. You have definite talent. I honestly hope you can prove me wrong and deliver a magical film that will go down as a classic. I'm just going to take a lot of convincing.

  • April 7, 2000, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Look,a Who's on first!

    by user id indeed!

    Who's on first?Yeah,that's what I said.No,WHO'S on first??Exactly!I'm askin' ya,who's on first???That's what I'm sayin!He he he...whew.It'll sound better comin' outta Carrey.The sets are Grinchalicious.This has been a User ID Indeed!Hears a Who Moment with...um...yeah.

  • April 7, 2000, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Looks like Suess Landing at Island of Adventures

    by MaoMao

    Anyone who has been there can back me up. Not a bad thing (IOA as a whole is utterly amazing, esp. Suess Landing and the Marvel section). Just interesting to note.

  • April 7, 2000, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Whoville ghetto...

    by Syd Mead

    The first picture looks Whoville's local economy took a dump ! BTW, nice pics to "who" ever sent 'em. Now lets see if we can be entertained for an hour and a half by Ronny Howard's vision of the Grinch. --Syd.

  • April 7, 2000, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Has anyone seen THE 5000 FINGERS OF DR. T?

    by twindaggerturkey

    I'm not sure if there's enough plot in GRINCH to make a whole movie but these sets look pretty neat.

  • April 7, 2000, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Thank God for this story...

    by SWDrawings.com

    I can't be happier that SOMETHING came up to motivate Harry to change from the American Beauty head in the upper corner. Melting faces are nothing... animated Harry nudity goes FAR BEYOND the bounds of good taste.

  • April 7, 2000, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Norman... Norman?!

    by Captain_Take_It

    Hey, isn't that Norman Bates' house to the far left of the top picture? There's something wonderful about seeing something so creepy next to something so innocent and cool.

  • April 7, 2000, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Hey...

    by danhelm

    It's Toontown! I see theme rides coming from this movie.

  • April 7, 2000, 4:45 p.m. CST

    This smells like...

    by LOS GORDOS

    HOOK

  • April 7, 2000, 7:09 p.m. CST

    to Duty

    by poodle

    Wow. I'd love to see your house around Christmastime, since you obviously decorate it with optical fibers and CGI effects...OF COURSE THEY USED LIGHT BULBS, THAT'S HOW YOU DECORATE FOR CHRISTMAS!!! Sheesh.

  • April 7, 2000, 9:26 p.m. CST

    THIS movie I do plan on seeing....

    by Ms.Foster

    People have often been curious about which movies I do enjoy, or are excited about. I can understand their queries, since I usually post on topics which I feel are politically incorrect, and/or exploit womyn. However, I do plan on seeing this movie. I truly enjoyed Jim Carrey in the Truman Show, and Ron Howards' movies are often delightful. At first I was skeptical about converting this classic story to a live-action format, but everything I've heard or seen looks truly delightful. Hopefully, this will pull a G rating, so I could share this movie experience with my young-ones. I hope this post helps to silence my critics that are convinced all I do is complain. ; )

  • April 7, 2000, 9:50 p.m. CST

    No,Ms.Foster!You're wrong!!So very wrong!!!

    by user id indeed!

    This will NOT pull a G rating!The live-action Grinch is the scariest child-related thing since the animatronics at Chuck E.Cheese's!!Plus,Ronnie "Opiemeister" Howard said he doesn't wanna make a "kid's movie"!!You ninny!!!Um..sorry...I'm tired.So very.This has been a ...umm...err...who am I again?Where am I?I see a purple Indian...waving at me from a deset plain...

  • April 8, 2000, 12:38 a.m. CST

    It's Lidsville

    by 00spool

    alert the Kroffts

  • April 8, 2000, 6:33 p.m. CST

    I saw 5000 Fingers of Dr. T

    by jsl151

    ...and if only Bruce Willis' 6th Sense character could have helped that kid with his problem of confusing fantasy and reality. He'd reccommend either years of therapy or equal quanties Ritilin and Lithium. Or both. By the way... The sets in that movie were fantastic! They looked cheap and expensive simultaneously. I wonder what happened to the studio bigwig that greenlighted THAT project?

  • April 9, 2000, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Seuss Carrey

    by Skytalker

    Inside every Opie Cunningham lives a little Jack Skellington.

  • July 11, 2000, 1:07 a.m. CST

    grinch

    by k12311997

    The animated How the Grinch stole Christmas is one of my favorite movies thanks to dr. seuss's supurb storytelling and boris karloff's narration. This better be good of mr carey and mr howard are going to lose a fan.

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