- Jim Carrey nearly wasn’t the Grinch!
During the audition process, two other famous actors were nearly given the part of the Grinch. These were Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson. While both actors have proven themselves to be highly comedic, lovable and great on the screen, it wouldn’t be quite like having Jim Carrey as the Grinch we know and love.
- “Fahoo Foraze” wasn’t real Latin
The nonsense song which is sang during the movie was created to imitate Latin words. When people watched the movie, they thought it was being sung in real Latin, and started looking around for a translation. Even when people involved in the movie were asked for translations, they were obviously unable to provide an answer and fans of the movie were forced to accept that it was fake Latin.
- Highly-trained professional acrobats were used in the making of the movie
For many of the stunts in the movies, the producers had to search far and wide to find trained professionals capable of pulling it off. As a result, they ended up hiring several acrobats and performers from world-famous travelling circus show Cirque du Soleil.
- The movie almost didn’t happen
Making a Christmas movie requires a certain level of sponsorship. When Chuck Jones got permission from Theodor Geisel (Dr Seuss) to make the movie using his story, he struggle to find businesses to support it. The Foundation for Commercial Banks was the organization which made the movie a reality in terms of finances, and endorsed it throughout the process.
- The budget for the animated version was huge
Considering it was a 26-minute animated movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas had a massive budget. In today’s money, it cost around $2.5 million, which was totally unheard of for a production so small.