Music Monday: The Grinch's Connection to a Disneyland Voice
One of the "must watch Christmas movies" at my house is The Grinch who Stole Christmas. Either the classic animated version or movie is acceptable. One of the songs in this story is "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." The words were written by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel and the music by Albert Hague. Did you know that there is a Disneyland connection of sorts to this song?
In the 1966 animated version, the Grinch is voiced by famous character actor, Boris Karloff. However, this iconic song from the movie is actually sung by voice actor, Thurl Ravenscroft. You may be familiar with Ravenscroft as the voice of the main singing bust (Uncle Theodore) in the Haunted Mansion, Fritz (Tiki Room), and the voice on the Mark Twain attraction.
Ravenscroft actually never received online screen credit for the 1966 movie. It was an oversight that Dr. Seuss himself tried to correct and made sure that everyone knew that it was Ravenscroft that received credit for singing the song. Ravenscroft has a very distinct voice. You have heard his voice is other Disney movies, songs, and Disneyland attractions. The other work he is most famous for is being the voice of Tony the Tiger (Frosted Flakes) and the signature "You're Great!" tag line.
Happy Music Monday!