Where to watch HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS and THE GRINCH in 2021

Streaming options may not be what you expect.

by Michael

December is fast approaching. A time for family-favorite movies to play around the clock until 2022!

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, in all its forms, is a season staple. Practically a holiday tradition all its own. From the original 1966 animated version to Jim Carrey’s version from 2000 or the latest from 2018 starring the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch, everyone has a favorite.

If you haven’t had a child asked about watching The Grinch, it’s inevitably coming, and you need to be prepared.

Where can you watch each version of The Grinch in 2021? Let’s break it down.

 

Where to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  (1966)

This year, the green, grumpy original is the only version that is available on a streaming platform with a subscription. (Yes, really!)

Based on the book by the famous Dr. Seuss. Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Who’s, an almost mutated sort of munchkin-like people. All the Who’s love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates Christmas, and plots to steal it away from the Whos which he equally abhors. Yet a small child, Cindy Lou Who, tries to befriend the Grinch.

Peacock users can stream the 25 minute original for free with their subscription. ($4.99+ a month; $9.99 a month for Premium Plus).

If Peacock isn’t something you’re interested in, you can find the holiday favorite to rent or buy on multiple platforms. However, for whatever reason, it seems here in the US the only version you’re able to rent or buy is the ‘Ultimate Edition’ which includes the timeless classic, plus newly remastered Grinch Specials: The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat, and Halloween is Grinch Night! So not bad, but if you’re looking for only the Christmas special, the extra stuff may just be unneeded fluff and prove annoying. You can find How the Grinch Stole Christmas! on Amazon Prime is available for digital purchase ($9.99) and rental ($3.99) or on YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and iTunes for digital purchase ($14.99) and rental ($3.99)

You’ll also be able to find it at different times VOD if you have a YouTube TV ($64.99/month) or Hulu + Live TV ($64.99/month) subscription.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is not available on Netflix, HBO Max, Paramount+, Disney+, or Apple TV.

 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

While a fan favorite for many, How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey is not currently available on any streaming platform.

You Better Watch Out! He’s green…he’s mean…and he hates Christmas! The Grinch is a bad-tempered hairy green creature, who lives inside a cave atop Mount Crumpit, overlooking the village of Whoville. As the Whos of Whoville frantically prepare for their yuletide celebrations, The Grinch decides to put a stop to Christmas once and for all, and steals all their presents and decorations on Christmas Eve…only to finally come to learn that the true spirit of Christmas goes much deeper than tinsel and toys. The hilarious Jim Carrey spectacularly brings The Grinch to the life in this magical live-action comedy which is based on the wonderfully quirky and well-loved book “Dr.Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

You can find How the Grinch Stole Christmas is available for digital purchase ($14.99) and rental ($3.99) on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and iTunes.

You’ll also be able to find it at different times VOD if you have a YouTube TV ($64.99/month) or Hulu + Live TV ($64.99/month) subscription.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is not available on Netflix, HBO Max, Paramount+, Disney+, or Apple TV.

 

The Grinch (2018)

Just like How the Grinch Stole Christmas from 2000, the 2018 animated movie is also unavailable on any streaming platform.

Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous spirit. Funny, heartwarming, and visually stunning. The Grinch is fun for the whole family!

You can find The Grinch available for digital purchase ($14.99) and rental ($3.99) on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and iTunes.

You’ll also be able to find it at different times VOD if you have a YouTube TV ($64.99/month) or Hulu + Live TV ($64.99/month) subscription.

The Grinch is not available on Netflix, HBO Max, Paramount+, Disney+, or Apple TV.

 

BONUS: The Grinch Musical

If you’re looking for something a little different, The Grinch Musical, which aired on NBC last year, is also available on Peacock.

A live-action TV adaptation of the Broadway stage musical based on the Dr. Seuss classic “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”. As the citizens of Whoville prepare to welcome the holidays, the dastardly Grinch will stop at nothing to put a stop to their celebration.

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