FIRST LOOK: Benedict Cumberbatch in The Grinch trailer

Dr Seuss’ Grinch is about to steal Christmas…again!

The first trailer has landed for Illumination’s new take on Theodor “Dr” Seuss Geisel’s The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

In the trailer, Benedict Cumberbatch voices the Grinch, who is aggrieved to be woken in his bed on Mt Crumpet by Pharrell Williams’ earworm tune ‘Happy’  – a nod to Illumination’s Despicable Me franchise.

Declaring to his dog (and sole companion) Max that ‘Today we will do mean things and we will do them in style’ the Grinch proceeds to do mischief in a supermarket.

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The Grinch marks the third adaptation of the popular children’s book, after Chuck Jones’ 1966 animation (from which this trailer pinches its other song) and the live-action film with Jim Carrey from 2000.

It is also the ninth animation from Illumination (Sing, The Secret Life of Pets) whose trademark bright colours and soft textures are all over this new trailer, which you can watch here:

The Grinch is directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney and will sled into UK cinemas on 9 November.

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