The Treason for the Season

Holiday classics are classic for a reason.

Clarissa Smith, Columnist

During the holiday season, many people enjoy spending time with family to sit down and watch a classic Christmas film or listen to carols while decorating the tree. Whatever it may be, most families that celebrate this holiday do something in relation to these time-honored pieces. Although the consumers loved the classics, some want more: a re-make.

One of the most famous Christmas stories of all time is “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” It’s not only a Dr. Seuss book, but there have been multiple versions of the movie, the first released in 1966. When one of the most recent versions came out in 2000, many people were astonished at how well Jim Carrey pulled off the role. Others were surprised at the live-action costume, which made Dr. Seuss’s outlandish art style look somewhat realistic. Recently, another Grinch movie was released by Illumination, and most audiences have given feedback saying that the movie was wonderful and great for kids. Others, however, think otherwise. Reviews on Common Sense Media say the new version is “just the worst movie ever. Not good for your kids at all,” and that “it’s awful if you love the original grinch [sic] or even Jim Carrey’s version. Kids nowadays will never know the true essence of the grinch [sic] if this is the only one they see. It is nothing in comparison. Highly disappointed!”

From the feedback, it seems that most viewers of a younger audience enjoyed it more than the older generation or long time followers of Christmas classics. Viewers that prefer the 2000 Grinch movie enjoyed it because of the originality, great acting, and an unforgettable Christmas show.

The same goes for Christmas songs and carols. Songs like “Baby It’s Cold Outside” are a favorite. This song has been sung by various artists, such as Bing Crosby or Louis Armstrong. But the original song, as performed by Dean Martin, has its own kind of magic. Although its quality is not up for debate as the original recording, some covers with their own twist have overtaken it in popularity. It’s similar to how “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000) was based off of the book by Dr. Seuss, but still includes some original content.

Most, if not all, Christmas classics are from many years ago. Christmas movies and songs that have been made in recent years don’t typically get as much attention or recognition as the old time classics. This is because they don’t have the same effect, and never tend to bring anything new to the table. “The Grinch” is the perfect example: after two film versions, there isn’t a need to modernize it for an audience that is familiar with the past ones. People may enjoy seeing the different twists and turns that a movie like that might take, but it doesn’t have nearly the same impact as older Christmas classics.