Friday, December 18, 2009
Christmas With Karloff
Is it Christmas time or Halloween here in Tulgey Wood? Sometimes it's hard to tell. December 18, 1966, saw the premiere of the classic animated TV special Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! A mammoth reason for the special's monster-hit stature was horror-movie great Boris Karloff. A truly gentle gentleman very different from the ghoulish bad guys this talented actor often played on screen, Boris' artful voicing is among his greatest performances. As the special's expressive narrator, Karloff reads Dr. Seuss' timeless rhymes with incomparable flair, while also bringing menace and Christmas-hating nastiness to his perormance of the "sounds of the Grinch." In celebration of this unforgettable vocal performance, here's a link to a spectacular online tribute to Boris Karloff at the excellent Frankensteinia blog. Head on over and thrill (and chill) to a Karloff festival that's perfect for any season.