3rd Annual BTVA Anime Awards

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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Grinch with sound clips and images.
The Grinch is a bipedal, mammalian, humanoid creature who made his debut in Dr. Seuss's 1957 children's book How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The Grinch is a bitter curmudgeon whose unpleasant personality is said to originate from his insufficiently-sized heart. Although his foul demeanor is notably agitated by loud noises such as Christmas festivities or animal vocalizations, the Grinch otherwise seems to simply derive pleasure from the misery and misfortune of others. The Grinch is often depicted dwelling in caves atop high mountains, some of which house various contraptions and machinery. His only companion is a faithful, non-anthropomorphic canine named Max.
Created by CatsTuxedo on Mon Dec 24 2012, 38 Comments, Add Comment
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
GrinchBoris Karloff
Boris Karloff
Halloween Is Grinch Night (1977)
GrinchHans Conried
Hans Conried
The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat (1982)
GrinchBob Holt
Bob Holt
The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (1996)
GrinchAnthony Asbury
Anthony Asbury
The Grinch (2000)
GrinchUnknown Voice Actor
Unknown Voice Actor


While Karloff is undoubtedly the most remembered Grinch (thus guaranteeing his domination of this poll), I personally feel he isn't quite the most fitting voice for the character. He lacks an abrasiveness that would've made his vitriol toward the Christmas holiday at least a little more convincing. However, he does a good job at making the Grinch sound falsely sweet as the fake Sandy Claws, and he's pretty decent when the Grinch is proud of himself and thinks he's won. While Karloff gave a deservingly memorable performance as the special's narrator, I think he's only alright as the Grinch.

Conreid, on the other hand, nails his version of the character; his conversational voice is slightly nasally, but the rough and snarly element that surfaces in his louder and more malicious moments establishes and maintains his threatening presence in the special. Combine that with great acting in his final scene and you get a very lasting vocal performance.

Holt sounds like he's really into the part (that kind of thing I always respect), and while it took me a little bit to get used to the posh quality of his performance due to the character's creaturely nature, it is fitting considering this particular incarnation's mechanical prowess.

In spite of the Grinch's relatively toothless portrayal in the Wubbulous World series, Asbury's not bad in the role by any means; he gets the image of a mischievous misanthrope across competently enough, and the gravel he flavors the character's voice with is a welcomely different touch.

The Unknown VA, however, is definitely the weakest of the bunch in my opinion. His voice is too light for the character (especially since this version is supposed to be based on Jim Carrey's portrayal) and the acting leaves something to be desired; his big epiphany at the story's end sounds more like he's got a gun to his head than him having an actual change of heart.

My vote's definitely going with Conreid, with Holt at second, Asbury at third, Karloff at fourth and the Unknown VA at last.


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said at 2:08 PM on Thu Mar 26 2015
Boris Karloff is just iconic. He delivers his monologues perfectly and he really seems to be enjoying playing the character. 'nuff said.

Hans Conried is really cool too. It's the typical entertaining Conried performance I know and love.

Bob Holt, however, does the same as Conried, but it adds a lot more energy and it's just a delight to listen. I absolutely love it when performers have fun with the role and Holt, Karloff and Conried really seem to be having a lot of it. It's really sad that Holt left us so suddenly, because he really was a great, energetic performer.

Anthony Asbury sounds like Mark Hamill's Joker and has same amount of energy and fun as the previous guys.

The UVA is definetly the weakest. He does have the energy, but.... WHERE IS THE FUN??? He doesn't seem to be having fun at all.
said at 1:40 AM on Mon Mar 23 2015
I once read How The Grinch Stole Christmas and put it on youtube. Tried my darndest to do Mark Hamill's Joker/Hobgoblin voice for it. I think he'd be a pretty good fit.
said at 11:17 AM on Wed Nov 5 2014
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Maurice LaMarche as Grinch? If he used his Vincent Price imitation I think he'd fit well.
said at 4:42 PM on Thu Sep 25 2014
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I wonder if Steve Blum would make a good Grinch voice?
said at 8:24 PM on Tue Dec 10 2013
Anthony Asbury sounds like Mark Hamill is doing the voice.
said at 6:27 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
Karloff and Conreid are technically tied for me, but I do agree with CatsTuexdo that Conreid had the perfect voice and better performance. I like Karloff's slight cockney accented take, but his delivery was almost non-acting except for towards the end. Conreid made the Grinch sound both humorous and VERY menacing at various points.

I actually quite like Asbury's crazy take: it's almost Joker-ish in quality. And while I think Holt's posh voice is very ill-fitting for Grinch, his acting was solid.

The Unknown VA is BAD. I mean, so bad he's HORRIBLE!
said at 8:22 PM on Mon Aug 19 2013
My opinion is pretty close to CatsTuxedo's, but my ranking is slightly different.

My rank goes: Hans Conried, Boris Karloff, Bob Holt, Anthony Asbury, and last and definitely least UVA (seriously, did they just take some dude off the street and pay him with lollipops?).
said at 6:28 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy My opinion is close, but it's Hans Conried, Boris Karloff, Anthony Asbury, Bob Holt, and UVA.
said at 2:38 AM on Sun Aug 4 2013
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For some reason, I really like Jim Carrey's voice for the Grinch.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 11:25 PM on Tue Aug 27 2013
@Dogman15 I'm just bummed he isn't eligible for inclusion in this poll :{
said at 12:49 PM on Wed Aug 28 2013
@CatsTuxedo Agreed. His voice is by far the most fun and energetic of any of them.
said at 6:29 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy If he were on this, his voice would come after Conreid and Karloff. Carrey was rarely ever menacing as the character, but he was very often entertaining!
said at 4:05 PM on Sat May 11 2013
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The game VA sounds like a teenage grinch.

The others sound so similar yet different.

Would it be odd if I said my favorite Grinch voice was Jim Carrey in the live action film? C:
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 11:26 PM on Tue Aug 27 2013
@Axx No, it wouldn't be ;)
said at 1:30 AM on Thu Dec 27 2012
Karloff, but the others were pretty good too for the most part.
said at 10:33 PM on Wed Dec 26 2012
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Most of them did a pretty good job except for the unknown voice actor he just doesn't fit, I'm going with Karloff since I'm most used to him.
said at 2:02 AM on Wed Dec 26 2012
Would It Be Wrong if Corey Burton would Voice The Grinch.
said at 7:56 AM on Wed Dec 26 2012

He already did:


said at 12:41 PM on Wed Dec 26 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight Oh Yeah, Best Christmas Gift Ever! Thanks Dude.

How About Dan Castellaneta as the Grinch? He may make him sound like The Robot Devil.
said at 1:29 AM on Tue Dec 25 2012
Huh, unknown voice actors sounds a bit like john kassir to me. Not saying it is him it just sounds a bit like him.

Not sure who I'm voting for though.
said at 12:06 PM on Wed Dec 11 2013
@GothamRed He would have done better. I don't they that games used known VA's.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:16 PM on Mon Dec 24 2012
Why does Anthony remind me of Oscar from Sesame Street?
said at 1:00 PM on Tue Dec 25 2012
@Music Meister The design is the same one used for The Muppets because the designers of The Muppets made that version of The Grinch so it's probably designed the same way Oscar puppets are which i why it looks like him. You're not alone because I thought that too.
said at 8:18 PM on Tue Dec 10 2013
@pete is
said at 8:42 PM on Mon Dec 24 2012
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@CatsTuxedo Considering Karloff was 79 years old at the time of the Grinch and in poor health, it was a little hard for him to be abrasive. Otherwise, it was an outstanding performance.
said at 6:02 PM on Mon Dec 24 2012
Well... I did grow up listening to Karloff, so I'll go with Karloff. But Hans and Bob were good too :)
said at 3:51 PM on Mon Dec 24 2012
Boris Karloff hands down, although I also enjoyed Hans and Bobs takes as well.
said at 3:00 PM on Mon Dec 24 2012
Karloff to me sounds grumpy which what the Grinch is while Hans and Bob sound evil and more like a villain which isn't bad but isn't accurate either. Anthony fits hiss version and sounds more villiainous but still grumpy. The Unknown guy was bad and they should have gotten Jim Carrey himself for that voice.

That being said why is this separate from the Dr. Seuss VC?.
said at 9:31 PM on Mon Dec 24 2012
@pete Also they couldn't get Rob Paulsen in place of the unknown guy
Madness Abe
said at 12:18 PM on Mon Dec 24 2012
Karloff. No contest. His voice was iconic as the Grinch.
said at 11:14 AM on Mon Dec 24 2012
I never knew the Grinch had so many voice actors. I always thought it was just Hans Conreid and Boris Karloff. None of the other voices are too impressive to me. Asbury sounds the closest to decent but holt and the unknown VA just sound off and don't sound right for the grinch and sound too high pitched. Overall I'll go with KArloff seeing how he set the role and he is the most memorable voice. Conreid does a great job too but the narration gets in the way since I can't tell if its the Grinch talking at points or the narrator.
said at 9:49 AM on Mon Dec 24 2012
Boris Karloff easily.
said at 7:17 AM on Mon Dec 24 2012
Like everyone else, I'm gonna go with Boris Karloff, though Bob Holt and Hans Conried were also good.
said at 3:30 AM on Mon Dec 24 2012
Gotta go with the ol' Frankenstein Monster himself.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 2:45 AM on Mon Dec 24 2012
I gotta agree with Cats and go with Hans
Pgirts (AYVO S1 Winner / Master Of Memes)
said at 2:33 AM on Mon Dec 24 2012
Karloff all the way. His voice as the Grinch is simply iconic.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 2:19 AM on Mon Dec 24 2012
FIRST VOTE YEAH! Of course I chose Boris Karloff.

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Boris Karloff
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