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Moriarty writes about his thoughts about HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

Published at: June 1, 2000, 12:36 a.m. CST by staff

Hey folks, Harry here. Moriarty just turned in his look at the Grinch, and has many thoughts about his fellow evil geniuses plan to do evil on a massive scale. Seems these evil people love their evil things... I wonder... was it a schoolyard crush gone bad that turned Moriarty to evil? Will there ever be a woman to love a man filled with so much hate? For the sake of mankind and before it is too late, I hope so... Here's Moriarty...

Hey, Head Geek…

“Moriarty” here.

Tonight, somewhere in America, Ron Howard, Universal Studios, and Imagine Entertainment are all holding their collective breath as they unveil THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS to the first outside audience. The film is what I would call a rough cut of a rough cut at the moment, with no real FX work finished by Digital Domain and with the most temporary of scores.

Tonight, somewhere in America, some lucky audience is witnessing magic.

How do I know this? Well, because Harry and I were lucky enough to be able to see the film yesterday afternoon. I’m not exactly sure where we saw the screening… there were vans and blindfolds and a three-hour journey involved… but that doesn’t matter. When the blindfolds came off, Ron Howard was there, waiting for us, smiling that great big sunny smile we’ve all grown up with. In his very best Verhoeven impression, he chirped, “Now you will see my movie!!” You don’t know surreal until you’ve seen Ron Howard do Verhoeven. It set the tone perfectly for what we ended up seeing, as strange and special a studio movie as I’ve seen recently.

The film begins with an evening sky filled with snowflakes. A narrator’s voice says, “Once, in a snowflake, like the one on your sleeve, there happened a story you must see to believe.” Just like that, we push in close on one of the snowflakes, then into it, racing along between the ice crystals that make up the flake. Somehow, improbably, we find clouds inside, and as we push in even closer on the crystals, we realize that we’re looking down on a mountain range, a world within the flake, and on the small town that is the home to the Whos. This lovely nod to the other classic Who story by Seuss, HORTON HEARS A WHO, put a smile on my face immediately, and it also establishes that we are not to compare this world to the one we know. This is someplace else. This is the world of Dr. Seuss.

The first question I’ve been asked by everyone I’ve spoken to since yesterday is the same: Did they get it right? Much like with LORD OF THE RINGS, there’s an investment that we as an audience have with the world that’s being depicted here, an investment that comes with a lifelong familiarity with this work. Theodore Geisel is one of the great writers of social fables for our age. He managed to craft stories of wit and charm and surreal appeal that imparted very specific beliefs. He didn’t create safe, dull, mainstream material. He wrote of star-bellied Sneetches and Bottle Beetle battles and Cats in hats, Thing 1 and Thing 2 and Whos and Grinches, all in an effort to shine a light on the things that make us who we are. He used satire to make his points, and his work is as strong and as vital today as it was when published. One cannot underestimate the impact his work had on anyone who came into contact with it in childhood. I know that for me personally, only Jim Henson and my parents had a greater impact on who I am and the values I hold dear.

As a result, the last thing I wanted to see when I sat down in that theater yesterday was the big budget comedy version of something that could be more. I didn’t want to see them lose the thread of what made the work so great, buried in all the bells and whistles that come from making a $100 million holiday release. I was desperately nervous that I was about to see TOYS or HOOK, some new well-intentioned failure, and that I would have to bear this bad news to you. The relief that began to pour off of me in waves about ten minutes into this film must have been visible from the back of the theater. This isn’t just a decent film or a good film. If everything comes together right, this could stand as a beloved film, something that not only honors the memory of Dr. Seuss, but actually adds to the luster of his name.

Ron Howard has done the impossible here. He has created a world that is persuasive enough to make you stop thinking about the world at all. I have no doubt that once Kevin Mack and the Digital Domain crew have finished their contributions to the film, this is going to be eye candy of the highest degree. As it is, it’s sensory overload in some ways. There are amazing angles and remarkable designs to look at in every frame, but Howard never lets that overwhelm what really matters. It’s all just texture to make his world more convincing, to sell you on this reality. Howard told us that his production staff used the work of insanely brilliant architect Antonio Gaudi to guide their decisions in this film as much as they did the work of Geisel himself. It shows. There’s a weight to Whoville. It looks like someplace where people live and work. It’s not just a series of facades dressed for this one story. Instead, this looks like a place we could visit anytime, a place with a life to it. It works from the first moments on, and that frees you to simply enjoy the film.

And you will. You have to. You have no choice. If you don’t, then chances are it’s you who is the Grinch, unfit to mingle with decent folk. The choices made by the writers on the film (Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman started the project, and several staff writers from SEINFELD helped punch the script up with Carrey and Howard in the weeks before production) are strong, and they flesh out the history of the Grinch without turning him into something mundane. He is the ultimate outsider, the only one of his kind in a world overcrowded with the Whos. The flashbacks to his childhood put me in mind of the great flashback sequences in EDWARD SCISSORHANDS. We are told everything we need to know, but it’s all done like a dream, like something truly remembered. It’s graceful, and it’s quick. It just gives the Grinch a reason for that heart of his that’s “two sizes too small.”

The second question I’ve been asked by everyone is, “How is Carrey?” The short answer is he’s wonderful. The long answer is a little more complex than that. I’ve seen both of Carrey’s new films now, and between this and ME, MYSELF & IRENE, it’s obvious that something has happened to him as a performer in recent years. I think his decision to do films like THE TRUMAN SHOW and MAN ON THE MOON has paid off by making him aware of every note he has at his disposal as a performer. The thing that made the original ACE VENTURA such a delightful discovery for so many people was the take-no-prisoners style of comedy that Jim brought to it. He seemed to be aiming for the back wall of the park with every single moment, every single joke. There was no sense of restraint. He’s been evolving as an actor, though, and his command of his talents is truly awesome to behold here. There seems to be no limit to what Carrey can do when left to his own devices, and there’s a fair amount of that in this film. Howard and the screenwriters have given Carrey plenty of room to play. He spends his time alone on top of Mt. Crumpet, after all, talking to himself and to Max, his dog. He’s a raging egomaniac with an audience of one. His scenes are fascinating. At first, you can’t get over the fact that he’s the Grinch. He’s got those long spindly arms, those huge furry fingers, that crazy pear shape to his body, and that face… that terrifying, semi-feline, almost monstrous visage, so elastic, so alien. Carrey doesn’t let the makeup overpower him, though. In fact, after just a few minutes, the makeup disappears. You stop seeing it. Instead, Carrey comes through, loud and clear. That is the film’s greatest miracle: the suit works simply as an extension of Carrey’s gift, not as a cover for it. The collaboration between Rick Baker and Jim Carrey is one of those perfect symbiotic moments, like Jack Pierce and Boris Karloff, when two talents combine to create one indelible performance.

There are more riches here, plenty more worth discussing, but I want to wait and see a more finished print before I continue to discuss the film. Imagine has a number of films coming that they are proud of, and they have been remarkable about trying to open their process up to scrutiny. It’s going to be interesting to see how the next few months play out for this film and its continued development. I was cautiously optimistic based on makeup tests and the script. Now, having seen this rough print, I am openly rooting for the film to make these last few steps with grace and style. James Horner is set to start work on the score soon, and the challenge before him is considerable. There’s three musical moments already in place (Cindy Lou Who’s song, the final Who hymn, and the iconic “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” a moment that was unforgettable even in rough assemblage), and the rest of the film requires very special support. The right score could make these images luminous. Obviously Digital Domain is under the gun, and the ideas that were on display here seem to indicate great things to come. Finally, there’s the matter of the Narrator. Much of the film is narrated in rhyming verse, some of which is actually the original work by Seuss. Right now, there’s just some voice holding that space, reading the lines. For the final release, it’s going to take a Patrick Stewart or an Ian McKellan or an Anthony Hopkins or a Morgan Freeman or Kevin Spacey or Gene Hackman… a classic voice that wraps around us, that keeps us hypnotized. It has to be the greatest bedtime story voice of all time. I thought it was great that Ron Howard mentioned Isaac Hayes as one possibility. Thinking like that guarantees that whoever ends up doing it, the voice will be key. This isn’t about just sticking some name on the poster… it’s about setting the mood that this whole film depends upon.

My thanks to Ron Howard and to Michael Rosenberg and to Andy Lipshultz for their hospitality during our brief abduction yesterday. As the film continues to wind its way towards release, we’ll continue to bring you the first and most complete coverage of it here at AICN. Until then…

”Moriarty” out.

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  • June 1, 2000, 1 a.m. CST

    Moriarty, where the hell is the rest of your '90's list?!?!

    by Cereal Killer

    You seem to have abandoned it in the middle without any explanation. You promised us that it would be done and on this site before the Oscars. Never happened. Now whenever anyone asks about it you just ignore them. We're not gonna go away. We either want you to finish your best of the '90's list or give us a valid reason why you changed your mind. We want that list, dammit. Keeping it away from us is the most evil thing you've done in your whole evil career.

  • June 1, 2000, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Looks kind of ridiculous to me...

    by The Observer

    I saw a trailer for the film before Shanghai Noon (I think) that showed Jim Carrey in all of his Grinch, um, glory. To tell you the truth, he looked kind of stupid to me, and I don't mean the traditional "Jim Carrey" stupid. He just looked horrible. What were these guys smoking when they decided to make this film? Why not leave it as a book and cartoon? There are just some things that God did not intend for this world...

  • June 1, 2000, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Script review...

    by Prankster

    Well "Stax" over at Flixburg wasn't qutie as taken with the script. Of course, he just gave the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" script one of the most ignorant reviews I've ever read, so I'm not sure if I trust him. While I'm sure that the visuals and Carrey's performance will be great, I'm not sure how you can pad this thing out to an hour and a half. But I'm liking the Seussian touches--like the way they kept the idea that the Whos are microscopic life forms who worship Horton. But I can't help but wonder--wouldn't it have been cooler to see one of Seusses other stories, one that hasn't already been told, given such a lavish treatment? Ultimately this seems like a bit of a bet-hedging movie.

  • June 1, 2000, 1:12 a.m. CST

    It's such a relief that a really wonderfull actor and awesome co

    by lickerish

    he sure knows how to make you itch for his experience that Jim. I didn't much fancy the delivery of 'tha tha tha thaGRINCH' . But Im sure within the context, it will be appropriate. How embarrassed and nervous must Tom Green be now, having to do his schtick in front of meister Jim .ehh? whats my name you fuck...blahh...ksolvo, qui'son greve tout biens'on dans les grandes sapin vert..vive le vent vive le vent vive toujour le spinnn..aiiiiii! Laaaaa -Cha___

  • June 1, 2000, 1:14 a.m. CST

    The make-up had me worried.

    by Cereal Killer

    The pictures we've seen don't look like Jim Carrey at all to me and I was afraid that he'd be so buried beneath it that it would affect his performance. Glad to hear that's not the case. I wish you would've touched on how they did with stretching the story out though. The version we're used to is only 22 minutes long. I'm interested in seeing how they managed to make it ninety minutes and whether the extra stuff works or just comes off like filler.

  • June 1, 2000, 1:18 a.m. CST

    James Earl Jones!

    by seamus

    That man could read the phone book (and has, for that matter) and make it sound good. If Ron can get him, he would make a great narrator for this film.

  • June 1, 2000, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Nimoy!!!

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Leonard Nimoy has, if you will, a fantastic bedtime story voice. Somebody call him and see if he's free!

  • June 1, 2000, 1:38 a.m. CST

    It should be Sean Connery...OK?

    by lickerish

    got that?i dontl..loallugubrius. pynchfoycevan e durslophnix, sods some slchklieeik mam...etekho ho hoyou bunch of shady hoes m ad bitches roling arond in ere. wea caut som upss lyk allllibator sdknns. on dune.

  • June 1, 2000, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Pavlov's Dogs

    by D_McS

    How does that sound for a movie title? Like shit? Maybe they can get Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, or the little dog from Frasier.

  • June 1, 2000, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Donald Sutherland for narration

    by JEDIswimr

    Not quite sure how to spell sutherland, but his voice is perfect.

  • June 1, 2000, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Not James Earl Jones

    by brush420

    I love James Earl Jones and his voice is so amazing, but watching the Grinch and listening to Darth Vader would mess with my head. I like Nimoy better.

  • June 1, 2000, 2:47 a.m. CST

    How about ...???

    by Syd Mead

    Donald Sutherland !!! Friendly, mature, warm ...yet EVIL. I wouldn't pick a voice you hear on every Sprint/ ATT commercial. Go for the unusual. --Syd.

  • June 1, 2000, 3:12 a.m. CST

    ANTHONY HOPKINS

    by Goshinkwai

    This is THE MAN!! for the voice-over. Of course his work on Hannibal may preclude him, but this guy COULD read the phone book, and I'd listen for hours.

  • June 1, 2000, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Will Moriarty and Harry stop reviewing movies they've been given

    by Doc Daneeka

    I am a big fan of the site. I think Moriarty and Harry do great work. But this reviewing films that they've been invited by the director to see has got to stop. Have some shame, guys. I'm not saying this won't be a great movie. I'm not saying Hollow Man won't be great. But there is a reason good critics guard their impartiality at all costs. Is it cool to read about this movie? Yes. But I can't trust your opinion because you're watching ith with the damn director in the room. And because of that, I find I'm a little less able to trust you guys in general. You know damn well why these directors invite you guys to these screenings. It's not for your precious feedback. It's to build goodwill. To perhaps curry a positive review. But like it or not, Ain't It Cool News is mainstream now and I think the site would be much better served by you two exercising some discretion. Is it easy to turn down Ron Howard inviting you to an early screening of the Grinch? No. But you'd have a lot more credability in my eyes if you did. Or at the very least, don't embarass yourself with a fawning review. Even though I believe that you guys believe the review is genuine, it simply cannot be completely unbiased. And please don't site examples where you've given bad reviews to movies where you've been invited to the sets and invited to early screenings. It may happen, but not too often. I'm sure you guys can rationalize this behavior to yourselves, but I'll tell you - a lot of people I talk to often refer to how Harry is easily bought. Whether that's true or not, the perception is there because of this sort of Grinch crap. It lessens the value of an otherwise incredible site.

  • June 1, 2000, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman!

    by crash_davis

    of course...Was anyone else as blown away by his narration of The Shawshank Redemption as I was?

  • June 1, 2000, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Vin Diesel is the narrator!

    by Darth-Sahagun

    Awesome!!

  • June 1, 2000, 6:53 a.m. CST

    What about...

    by Dlhstar

    Malcolm MacDowell, Christopher Walken, or David Warner? Too bad we lost Roddy MacDowell...

  • June 1, 2000, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Gene Hackman

    by dougmac

    is somebody I usually am not a fan of, but I think he would be a great narrator for this, and cut Harry a little more slack.

  • June 1, 2000, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Hackman

    by BoxCar

    If Howard's going to go for the celebristy narrator, it ought to be Gene Hackman. He sounds like I always imagined Santa Clause sounding

  • June 1, 2000, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Should the narrator be like Roscoe Lee Brown from Babe?

    by Drath

    Now THAT was a good narrator. BEHOLD THE POWER OF CHEESE!

  • June 1, 2000, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Michael Caine should narrate. The first ten minutes of CIDER HO

    by Lenny Nero

    I would settle for Roscoe Lee Browne as well, b/c I saw him perform at UC Berkeley, but Michael would be my first choice

  • June 1, 2000, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Kelsey Grammer!

    by cysurf

    Yeah, Frasier. He's got that great voice-over style that can be both witty and serious. Think about it.

  • June 1, 2000, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Kelsey Grammer!

    by cysurf

    Plus he can sing

  • June 1, 2000, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Peter Falk for narrator!

    by Emilio Lizardo

    C'mon guys! If we're going to be read a bedtime story, it's gotta be Grampa from The Princess Bride reading it!

  • June 1, 2000, 11:01 a.m. CST

    narrator

    by busorama

    As much as I love JEJ, his voice is too iconic for this. Isaac Hayes? While his voice is perfect for his music and for Chef, it's not perfect for the Grinch. Of the names Moriarty mentioned, Morgan Freeman is probably the best choice. However, I've got an even better choice: Michael Ondaatje, the author of The English Patient. I saw him give a reading, and I could listen to him for hours. It's hard to describe what it sounds like, but believe me, it is the ultimate bedtime story voice.

  • June 1, 2000, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Christopher Walken!

    by lycanthrope

    ...otherwise, how 'bout AVERY BROOKS - he's got a killer voice... Or Charlton Heston (kidding on that one - unless the Whos are armed with automatic weapons) - just so it ain't Paul Williams, Paul Reiser or Paul Rubens...

  • June 1, 2000, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Narrator - Charleton Heston, of course!

    by The Dew

    Obvious.

  • June 1, 2000, 11:26 a.m. CST

    the narrator should be...

    by Goose42

    ...William Hurt. Think about it for a minute

  • June 1, 2000, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Roscoe!

    by diverdan

    Roscoe Lee Browne gets my vote. I will really miss Boris Karloff though. Not only did he have that great voice but he also had his history of being one of the great horror film actors. I get such a kick hearing his voice while watching a (albeit with a decidedly nasty bent) Christmas cartoon. His movie history may not have any effect on kids watching it today but I am sure it has that effect on many older people or anyone who is really into the vintage movie thing.

  • June 1, 2000, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Hey Doc!

    by seamus

    Harry has the ultimate film geek gig going. This site gives him enough income (apparently) and access to live the kind of geeky (sp?) life that he wants to live. He is free to do whatever he wants to on this site, and we are free to support it or not. If you don' t want to read his reviews, then log-off. Personally, I think that all the people who accuse Harry and Co. of being sellouts are just mad because they have to go out and work at jobs that are not directly related to their own geeky hobbies.

  • June 1, 2000, 1:39 p.m. CST

    So many good choices

    by Xanthe

    Pretty much, I think seven or eight of the people mentioned would be good, and I just can't wait to see who it is (I love the Babe narrator, though). Imagine these people narrating and be amused: Sally Kellerman (the Hidden Valley Ranch lady), Woody Allen, Damon Wayans, Howard Stern.

  • June 1, 2000, 1:42 p.m. CST

    I hope they get ANYONE but Heston to narrate

    by The_Tooth

    This sounds like an interesting movie; I really loved the handsaw coming up through the floor in the trailer. But if Charlton Heston narrates it, the studio will be eight bucks poorer. I'll be damned if I give that man one cent. How about the man that did the voice-over in the Alan Smithee version of "Dune"? "Hyuck! Them nasty Sardooker (sic) terror troops were in the pickle barrel again! Hyuck!" It's a shame Tolkien is too dead to narrate this movie.

  • June 1, 2000, 1:43 p.m. CST

    S. Malanka Spoiler

    by oully9313

    Hi Friends, My contact S. Malanka who just happens to be Ron Howards hair dresser (he has alot of time off), Has found some very exciting spoilers to Grinch. You see S.Malanka reports that the narrator for the film has been narrowed down to two people. The first one being the sweet sounding Gilbert Godfrey and the second one being the velvet voice himself Andy Roony of 60min fame. S.Malanka being the crafty guy he is also went through Mr. Howards wallet while he was being shampooed (very hard to wash Mr. Howards hair through that damn ball cap S.Malanka tells me) what he found was a contract for the soundtrack. Do you know who will be singing Your a Mean One...well it will be none other then the legendary Bobby McFarren. Peace Out

  • June 1, 2000, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Waylon Jennings Is The Only Choice

    by mrbeaks

    "Right about now, the Whos in Whoville were in a whole heap o' trouble over these missing presents."

  • June 1, 2000, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Barry White!

    by gilmour

    "Oh BABY, The cats of Whosville are getting down with no presents, baby,baby,baby"

  • June 1, 2000, 2:59 p.m. CST

    rick baker's gonna get another oscar

    by halloweenie

    which he's gonna deserve too dammit. I think this is his best work since An American Werewolf in London, which he also won an oscar for his efforts. I just can't believe how well a job Rick did to turn Jim Carrey into The Grinch! It's better than Rick turning Eddie Murphy into a family of fat-asses (easily Rick's second-third best work). THis film looks great, don't care about you basher's bashing it jut because it's a movie. You dork's just about hate everything. Hell, I'll bet there's some of you guys out there that would bash The Godfather and Citizen Kane if you guys got the chance. Anyway, i'm getting sidetracked. Rick Baker support group starts here.

  • June 1, 2000, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Hearing Voices

    by wks2much

    I think they should take every male actor with a voice below a certain frequency and have each of them record just one word of the narration. That way everybody would be satisfied.

  • June 1, 2000, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Hearing Voices

    by wks2much

    I think they should take every male actor with a voice below a certain frequency and have each of them record just one word of the narration. That way everybody would be satisfied.

  • June 1, 2000, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Big Gay Al as narrator....

    by theUGLY

    If not him, then either Walken or Freeman. I do hope Carrey tones down his act a this time. Sometimes he just kills the mood...

  • June 1, 2000, 3:29 p.m. CST

    OK then... Jeremy Irons

    by The Dew

    Just as obvious.

  • June 1, 2000, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Dear C*cksuckers

    by Reverendz

    I tire of your anti-negative,"if you don't like it why don't you just leave schlock". Hey, how about this? If you don't like negative, "Harry is a schill" type comments, why don't YOU just leave? It's called "Talkback" for a reason. It's not called "Let's Play Nice", or "If You Don't Have Something Nice To Say, Don't Say Anything." It's called "TalkBack". What does this mean? It means that if sszero wants to rant and troll about AICN conspiracies, good. It's at least vaguely entertaining. Your "don't listen to them Harry, your not a schill/fat bastard/sell out/ass goblin, and I think this movie is going to ROCK!" comments are not. So if someone wants to spend an afternoon, trolling a talkback, spewing vitriol all over your monitor, cool. DOn't like it? Don't read it. P.S. this movie will ROCK!!! :-P

  • June 1, 2000, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Avery Brooks of course...

    by angry

    I'm in total agreement with the dude that mentioned Avery Brooks. THAT would be perfect.

  • June 1, 2000, 4:19 p.m. CST

    A FREE SCREENING=A RAVE REVIEW

    by ratso

    YOU GUYS ARE NOT TO BE BELIEVED (LITERALLY.) IF YOU AND HARRY WERE INVITED TO MY HOUSE TO SEE SOME OLD HOME MOVIES, I'VE NO DOUBT I'D GET TO THUMBS UP. INSIDE.COM HERE I COME.

  • June 1, 2000, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Narration

    by Feathers McGraw

    If I had any input in the choice, it would have to be either James Earl Jones or Maya Angelou in my book...

  • June 1, 2000, 7:07 p.m. CST

    A live action Grinch is just plain WRONG!

    by MustangMatt

    How can you improve upon prefection?

  • June 1, 2000, 7:33 p.m. CST

    I Agree On Kelsey Grammer.

    by iAmGladiator

    If you saw the Just Shoot Me Christmas episode, "the Finch Who Stole Christmas"(??title??), then you'll know how perfect Grammer is for the narration.

  • June 1, 2000, 8:09 p.m. CST

    The Narrator should be...

    by The Observer

    Me! I would be perfect for the role! Why didn't anyone tell me about this? Someone could have at least visited the festering dung heap in which I currently reside and told me that a Grinch movie was in the works! On the other hand, maybe John Lithgow would be a good choice. Or John Henson. Or Jeff Goldblum. Or Casper Van Dien. Heck, maybe even Walt Disney! All they would have to do is thaw ol' Walt out from his cryogenic slumber underneath the "Pirates of the Carribean" attraction at Disneyland. Man, why didn't my agent tell me about this flick? Oh, that's right, I don't have an agent. Heck, I could have at least had a bit part as a citizen of Who-ville!

  • June 1, 2000, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Jim Carrey!

    by jimlover1

    I think that Jim should narrate this because it's HIS story! He did such a wonderful job narrating "Simon Birch". I just LOVE everything about Jim: his great looks, sexy body, sweet personality, many talents, and yes, his sweet sexy voice! Anyway, take care now, bye bye then!

  • June 1, 2000, 8:27 p.m. CST

    It's gotta be Vin Diesel or Kelsey Grammer

    by Soheil

    Too bad they aren't on the list, but either one would be perfect for the part of narrator. If it must stick to the list..I'd say it hasta be Anthony Hopkins.

  • June 1, 2000, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Leonard Nimoy does NOT have a "bedtime story" voice

    by MrgnPhnx

    Though that may make him perfect for this. I heard him read Ray Bradbury's "August 6, 2026" as a kid, and his voice has terrified me ever since. ;) Re: movie reviews: Face it - not everyone is going to like the same movies, technically good or not. It's just not going to happen. "Titanic" bored me to tears, for instance, and while I can appreciate "The Messenger" I didn't *like* it.

  • June 1, 2000, 11:11 p.m. CST

    The Narration

    by Skywalker,Anakin

    Malcom McDowell would be a great choice for the narrator in this movie. His haunting voice over in A Clockwork Orange is, in my opinnion, the best voice over ever done.

  • June 1, 2000, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Mike Patton of the band, "Faith No More" and "Mr. Bungle"

    by YdnaCzar

    That's right, Patton has such a great voice and could also do great interpretations of the songs. But Hollywood would never do this, so oh well.

  • June 1, 2000, 11:38 p.m. CST

    McDowell?

    by The Observer

    I gotta admit, Malcolm McDowell would sound cool as the narrator, but wouldn't he freak out the little ones? '"Oh, what a wretched place Who-ville is!" said the Grinch to his little four-legged droogie. "I would like to bust up all of their ugly rots and kick them in the yarblonkos. No time for the ol' in-and-out, in-and-out, I would smash everything in sight, even the old babushkas. Oh how horrorshow it would be! Then afterwards, I would stop by the Korovo Milk Bar for a moloko to give me a little more of the ultra-violet..."'

  • June 1, 2000, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Whoops!

    by The Observer

    That's 'ultra-violent' with an "n."

  • June 1, 2000, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Whoops again!

    by The Observer

    Or is that 'ultra-violence?' Dang, I'm confused.

  • June 2, 2000, 12:11 a.m. CST

    wrong McDowell words

    by Skywalker,Anakin

    It's also actually "Yarblockos", "Korova" and "devotchkas"

  • June 2, 2000, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Jim Carrey as the Grinch

    by Skywalker,Anakin

    I can't wait to see Jim Carrey as the Grinch, I hate it when critics bring him down. He is a great actor, and should have won best actor for Man on the Moon. Im the biggest Kevin Spacey fan, but the oscar belonged to Jim

  • June 2, 2000, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Avery Brooks!

    by Razor42

    Probably would never happen, but to hear his voice attached to this would literally be music to my ears.

  • June 2, 2000, 2:34 a.m. CST

    sir alec guiness

    by cyrus cosmos

    alec guiness should come out of retirement and narrate "grinch" him or someone like paul scoffield can both sound warm and menacing

  • June 2, 2000, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Narrator

    by Automatic Bzooty

    Billy Zane or James Woods

  • June 2, 2000, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Narrator ... hmmm ...

    by floob

    Wouldn't Roscoe Lee Browne serve the material well as Narrator? Or do you consider him overexposed for having narrated "Babe"?

  • June 2, 2000, 9:16 a.m. CST

    John Hurt- Narrator Extrordinaire

    by RoadWarrior

    The logline says it all, John Hurt is one of the best actors around and has the best voice for narration of anybody, all the others you mentioned would be too distracting.

  • June 2, 2000, 10:56 a.m. CST

    To Skywalker, Anakin

    by The Observer

    Thanks for the corrections. However, when I used "babushkas," I was referring to "old women." I was remembering dialogue from Anthony Burgess' novel and not the Stanley Kubrick movie version. Strange, I don't remember them using "babushka" in the film.

  • June 2, 2000, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Two words...

    by Darkman

  • June 2, 2000, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I hope you're right....

    by Dingo Wrangler

    But I will believe it when I see it. By the way, John Hurt would be the ultimate narrator for the story. Although, Kevin Spacey would be pretty good too. Remember his narration in "American Beauty"? Think about it. It would work.

  • June 2, 2000, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Please disregard my last post!

    by Darkman

    I accidentally hit the "Enter" key. Now, as I was saying, two words...ERIC IDLE! Just think about it.

  • June 2, 2000, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Great minds think alike...

    by HootDad

    Not that this is any great stretch of imagination, but I was delighted and thrilled to read about the opening. When I first heard about this movie I thought "If I were making it, I'd open on a field of clover then zoom in on one clover, it would become clouds, etc... you get the point. it sounds like what Howard & Co. did is even better. I've said it before, I will again. This could end up being this century's "Wizard of Oz".

  • June 2, 2000, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Idle?

    by Sabrina

    For that matter, how about John Cleese? Whoever, it should be English (in a bow to Boris Karloff, the original narrator), or at the very least "American mellifluous" (ie Avery Brooks, Roscoe Lee Brown, etc.)

  • June 2, 2000, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Grinch narrators -- alternate approach

    by ShhPeaceful

    I think the suggestions for who will narrate "The Grinch" have, for the most part, been pretty safe. I'd like to propose that a woman do the job. I thought that Moriarty's observation that this is a great bedtime story is a shrewd one, and after all, mothers have traditionally been bedtime storytellers. With that in mind, I'd like to suggest Elizabeth Taylor... or Lauren Bacall... or Diana Rigg... or even Jane Fonda! (I MISS her voice!) Kathleen Turner would also be a wonderful choice. What this approach would also do is further position the film away from the very long shadow of Boris Karloff.

  • June 2, 2000, 5:45 p.m. CST

    so many narrators...

    by bijou27

    If you had asked me two weeks ago, I would have said that Sir John Gielgud should narrate, and that Sir John Gielgud should narrate EVERYTHING. But of course now that one of the greatest voices of the last century has passed away, we now have a very tough choice to make... Also, I really hope that they make the final touches on this film just right, because this is the stage where a movie's fate really hangs in the balance.

  • June 3, 2000, 7:37 a.m. CST

    John Malkovich?

    by Mr Orange

    How about John Malkovich? Otherwise Kelsey Grammer or Christopher Walken

  • June 3, 2000, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Should have been Charles Gray.

    by mephisto666

    He was great in Rocky Horror. If not, Hackman. Walken would be funny in the wrong way. I'd just be thinking of the SNL Spacey spoof. Or, if I wanted a slight menacing accented voice, I'd go with Ricardo Montalban. Think of him quoting Moby Dick in Wrath of Kahn. He'd be a good narrator.

  • June 4, 2000, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Christopher Walken should be the first and only choice

    by The guy

    Nuf said.

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