WATCH | The holiday TV special "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is turning 50 this weekend and, at the same time, quite literally keeping it 100.
First airing on CBS on Dec. 18, 1966, the animated TV special based on the Seuss book of the same name had a rare 100 percent "fresh" rating on the review website Rotten Tomatoes at the time this article was published.
The TV special's director, legendary Looney Tunes animator Chuck Jones, had worked with Seuss (born Theodor Geisel) in the '40s, when the duo collaborated on Private Snafu cartoons to help train and boost the morale of the American military.
In the "Grinch" special, June Foray voiced Cindy Lou Who, but her vast voice-acting contributions to animation also include Rocky the Flying Squirrel on "Rocky & Bullwinkle," Jokey Smurf on "The Smurfs," and assorted grandmothers in Looney Tunes cartoons.
The special also features the voice of Boris Karloff, who plays both the narrator and the Grinch, and perhaps is best known for playing Frankenstein's monster in three feature films released in the '30s.
And, of course, Jim Carrey played the Grinch in the book's 2000 feature-film adaptation, directed by Ron Howard. The blockbuster movie made $260 million nationwide (tops among movies released that year) and $345 million overall.
As for the "Grinch" book, the 60th anniversary of its release arrives this Christmas.