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Cumberbatch to Voice the Grinch in Remake

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Michael Rielly

Cumberbatch to Voice the Grinch in Remake

MyMerryChristmas.com

April 14, 2016

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Famed British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been tapped to voice the Grinch in an animated remake of Dr. Seuss’ classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas, set to be released later next year.

The last remake of the Grinch was met with mixed critical reviews and has failed to generate year-after-year loyalty viewing of the original made-for-television animated special. Producers of the new version hope to avoid disappointing fans.

““For me, in reading what Geisel wrote, I view it more from a character perspective. I think that the essence of this film is the notion of this cynicism comedically expressed in the Grinch and this absolute innocence represented in Cindy Lou, on a collision course with one another through the course of this movie.” producer Chris Meledandri said. “It’s the simple question of whether or not innocence can transform cynicism. The beauty of that simplicity for me is what’s at the heart of the movie. In the experience of the movie I love the sort of wicked comedic aspect of this character the Grinch and I think that what you’ll see is from the very, very early animation tests, very raw, you’ll see that there’s an undeniable appeal in the character in spite of that kind of wicked persona, and I find that very, very, appealing and attractive.”

Like the 2000 remake directed by Ron Howard and featuring Jim Carrey, this new animated version will be a full length feature film.

That has some skeptical, especially with Meledrandri saying things like “We look forward to a global Christmas celebration with a movie that is both modern and classic”, which is code for Hollywood’s watered-down emphasis on the moral of the story replaced with something else. Don’t forget, this is the same production company that brought about the heavy handed moralizing of Lorax, an off-putting production based on a Seuss tale that some feel ended up being more of a message vehicle for the Earth First crowd.

Cumberbatch, however, is an inspired casting choice and should excel in the role. His voice is instantly recognizable to millions of fans who likely have never seen the 1966 original Grinch voiced by Boris Karloff.

SOURCE: http://mymerrychristmas.com/cumberbatch-to-voice-the-grinch-in-remake/

 

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Eileen Strom

Well we will have to just wait and see how this will pan out as the process moves along. He is a good choice for the voice, now we will see if he gets an equally good script to go with it.

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Santa Bill Reiller

Hopefully the script will be a good one.  Too many times Hollywood has made changes to the original story that makes one go "Huh" thats nothing like I read or wrote.

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Cedar Park Santa Bob

the selection of Cumberbatch is an indication that they are committed to an excellent production.  Cumberbatch voiced Smaug in the Hobbit trilogy. I heard him give a radio interview and spoke in the "Smaug voice" .... without any technology assist. Amazing, really.  He said some of the dialog in the movie was technology assist because the strain was too great to do all the lines without hoarseness. But the fact that he could switch from normal conversation voice to Smaug .. without technology assist ... was impressive.  http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2014/02/27/films/smaug-the-dragon-to-get-fans-fired-up-for-hobbit-sequel/#.VxE3gTArLIX

Clearly ,,, I'm a fan.  The man's talents are amazing ... and from what I read ... seems like a genuine sort of person. Unspoiled.  Good for him.

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Eileen Strom

He his also a very good voice impersonator of other famous/celebrity types

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Santa Bill Reiller

I am always amazed when a performer can mimic someone's voice.  I remember fondly watching Rich Little do impressions.

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Felix Estridge
11 hours ago, Reiller said:

I am always amazed when a performer can mimic someone's voice.  I remember fondly watching Rich Little do impressions.

John Byner was one of my favorites.

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Santa Bill Reiller

I totally forgot about John Byner.  Another great mimic.  And Johnathan Winters as well.

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Robert viar

I don't think Cumberbatch's (or anyone's) ability to mimic the original voice of the Grinch is really the issue.  It's the embodiment, the portrayal, of the character.  Actors are mostly tools (like saws, hammers, etc) used to portray what's written down be it comedic, dramatic, horror, what-have-you.  Really good actors can bring multiple portrayals to the table.  What defined the Jim Carrey movie was that it was a comedy "starring" Jim Carrey; and probably written for Jim Carrey.  His talents are great, but also limited, so you write for what he knows.  He is a comedian turned actor.

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SantaDon

I can see, er, hear Cumberbatch as the Grinch.  I think there's a little part of everyone...even Santas... who can identify with the Grinch.  I can't help but to sing along when I hear the original Grinch tune on my Pandora Christmas channel!

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