“Grinch 2” Set to Bring More Holiday Cheer and Mischief to Screens Everywhere
Fans of the classic Dr. Seuss tale “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” have reason to celebrate, as it has been announced that a sequel to the 2018 animated movie “The Grinch” is in development. Titled “Grinch 2,” the film is set to continue the story of the lovable, green antihero and his attempts to ruin Christmas for the citizens of Whoville.
The first “Grinch” movie, which was directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney and starred Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the Grinch, was a box office success and received positive reviews from both audiences and critics. It grossed over $500 million worldwide and was praised for its charming animation, engaging story, and heartwarming message.
“Grinch 2” is being produced by Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind the “Despicable Me” and “Minions” franchises, and is set to be directed by Pete Candeland.
The Grinch 2 Plot: What Can It Be About?
‘The Grinch’ tells the story of the titular green and furry hermit who spent a neglected childhood and grew up alone. As a result, the Grinch despises Christmas and the spirit it celebrates. Trying to assuage his own misery the Grinch attempts to steal Christmas presents and ruin the mood. However, the essence of the celebration is too much for him as he begins to grow fond of the festivities. At the end of the movie, we see the Grinch realizing that he is deserving of love and is capable of emotion. He ultimately becomes friends with the people of Whoville, with whom he celebrates Christmas.
Thus, what could ‘The Grinch 2’ be about? Well, The Grinch deals with most of the source material from Dr. Seuss’ book, meaning that any sequel will have to be a creative venture on part of the filmmaker. In a way, it would make the sequel more special, because it will allow the movie to hit back at critics who had a problem since ‘The Grinch adds nothing new to the original source. In terms of plot, ‘The Grinch 2’ could go a couple of ways.
There are some fans who want to see the Grinch helping the Whos spend another Christian holiday, perhaps Easter. It will be fascinating to see the former Christmas hater going up against a new antagonist who hates Easter. ‘The Grinch 2’ could also return to Christmas celebrations, which would be reminiscent of the first movie’s setting. We could see Grinch, who actively worked at ruining Christmas, working actively this time to help the Whos celebrate Christmas like never before.
A movie about celebratory preparations would be wholesome and fit in with the festive spirit. Naturally, the plot must include some difficulties that the Grinch has to overcome in order to make the celebrations a success. We also expect to see the titular character learn more about himself and love, in the course of the new movie.
There is always a possibility that ‘The Grinch 2’ could merely focus on the friendship between Cindy and Grinch, which is sure to blossom after the former invited the latter to the Christmas dinner in the first movie. ‘The Grinch 2’ could be about the adventures of Cindy and Grinch together as they perhaps go beyond Whoville to discover truths about themselves, and what they want out of life. It is evident that there are several directions that a possible sequel can take, and we expect the tone of the movies to be light and enjoyable just like the first part.
The Grinch 2 Cast: Who Can Be In It?
In the eventuality that a sequel to ‘The Grinch’ is made, we would expect Benedict Cumberbatch to return to lend his voice to the titular character. We also expect to see Cameron Seely returning as Cindy since her friendship with the Grinch was one of the redemptive arcs in the movie. In the eventuality that Cindy returns, her mother Donna is also likely to make a comeback, and we hope Rashida Jones voices the character once again.
Apart from that, the cast will be made up of different voice actors, and new people could come on board depending on the direction the movie takes in terms of plot.
The Grinch 2 Release Date
Before finally being released in 2018, “The Grinch” was first announced as a project back in 2013. Naturally, if there were to be a sequel, the process would go more quickly since the cast and crew would probably be back for more of the same.
So, we can assume that the Grinch 2 movie will be released sometime in 2024.