Is the Grinch on Netflix in 2021?

Is the Grinch on Netflix in 2021?

Updated on November 16, 2022 16:07 PM by Laura Mendes

The 2018 American computer-animated holiday fantasy comedy movie The Grinch was released by Universal Pictures and was made by Illumination.

It is the third cinematic version of Dr. Seuss' 1957 novel How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, after the 1966 television special acted by Boris Karloff and the 2000 live-action feature-length film starring Jim Carrey.

It is the second Dr. Seuss adaptation by Illumination after The Lorax (2012). Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow wrote the movie's screenplay, directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney. Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy produced it.

The Grinch Storyline

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The Grinch lives alone in a cave on Mount Crumpet with his devoted dog, Max. His biggest cause of annoyance is when his Whoville neighbors celebrate Christmas and do it in a loud and boisterous manner.

The angry Grinch realizes there is only one way to find peace when the Whos resolve to make Christmas larger and brighter. With Max's assistance, the green grump devises a plan to impersonate Santa Claus, steal Christmas, and permanently end the Whos' festive spirit.

Release Date:  November 9, 2018

Budget:  The Grinch was made with a budget of $75 million and grossed a budget of $512.9 million.

Book Adaptation:  Dr. Seuss' 1957 novel How the Grinch Stole Christmas!


IMDb:    6.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes:   5.9/10

Movie House Memories:  7/10

Running Time:   1 hour 25 minutes

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Voice cast of The Grinch

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Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch

Cameron Seely as Cindy Lou

Rashida Jones as Donna

Kenan Thompson as Bricklebaum

Angela Lansbury as Mayor McGerkle

Pharrell Williams, as the Narrator

Tristan O'Hare as Groopert 

Sam Lavagnino as Ozzy

Ramone Hamilton as Axl

Scarlett Estevez as Izzy

Michael Beattie as a store clerk

Georgia Toffolo as Mrs. Toffee Apple

Bill Farmer as Sam.


This movie was nominated for several awards, including, 

Annie Awards

Art Directors Guild

Critics' Choice Awards

Producers Guild of America Award

Visual Effects Society Awards

Movieguide Awards

Kids' Choice Awards

But won only the Movieguide Awards under the category, Best Movies for Families.

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Why is Grinch in Green?

According to legend, the Grinch's green hue comes from a rental automobile. The cartoonist was so taken with the odd color that he decided to make the figure green.

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All of Dr. Seuss and The Grinch Movies

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018)

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Musical Live!

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

The Grinch was the first tv premiere on

FX on December 12, 2020

Disney Channel on December 13, 2020

Freeform on December 18, 2020

NBC December 22, 2021

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Critics review

The movie garnered a mixed review, but in common, critics applauded the animation, and viewers enjoyed the movie. Many reviewers praised it for maintaining its originality. The focus on Max's character made the audience feel attached and praised the effort put forth in the movie. They even compared The Grinch (2000) and efforts made by Jim Carrey.

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Streaming partner

The streaming choices for The Grinch are provided by



Amazon Prime

While The Grinch is also available on-demand via Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Redbox.

Is the Grinch available on Netflix?

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The film was available on Netflix for a long time and had significant popularity throughout the Christmas season. Unfortunately, Netflix does not have the movie.

The movie was taken off Netflix on December 4, 2021. The streaming service's agreement with Illumination and Universal Pictures has ended.

Netflix still has Jim Carrey's live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which is unfortunate for the book's devotees. It can take the place of The Grinch.

However, The Grinch is still available on Google Play, FandangoNow, Amazon Prime, Vudu, and YouTube. The movie is even available to buy or rent on the digital marketplace. However, there is still a chance that Netflix will choose the movie again.

You may see 1966 animated and 2000 live-action versions of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas if you have HULU with Live TV.

Where can I rent the movie?

All editions of The Grinch are available on Amazon Prime for rent or purchase. This indicates that while you may view it right now, an Amazon Prime Video membership is not required to access it for free.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is popular in the UK. is accessible for purchase and rental on YouTube on a variety of digital shops, including Google Play and Amazon Prime Video, for as little as £2.49.

While the movie is still accessible digitally in the US, viewers can still watch it on the Peacock streaming service, which costs $4.99 per month with advertising or $9.99 per month without them for a Premium subscription.

In addition to physical media, fans can now watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas online on sites like Google Play and Prime Video's store for $7.99 and $3.99, respectively.
Fans with cable TV subscriptions may still see 1966 short in the US on TNT and TBS till December 22.

Digital versions of THE GRINCH (2018) can be purchased and rented for as little as £2.49 in the UK and $3.99 in the US via Amazon Prime Video's store, Google Play, and other platforms.

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