In what has to be the worst timing ever, Netflix quietly removed one of its most popular titles from the library this week, at what would be the peak time for folks to watch it. 2018’s The Grinch has been dominating the streamer’s Top 10 most popular films list all year, but now that we’re actually nearing Christmas, the Illumination Entertainment production has been pulled from the site. And as you can imagine, subscribers are furious.
The Grinch, the third screen adaptation of the iconic Dr. Seuss storybook, stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the titular grouch, who schemes to steal the Christmas presents of the people of Whoville. Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury and Pharrell Williams are also in the cast and the pic stands as the highest-grossing holiday movie of all time, earning over $511 million at the global box office.
It’s kind of a modern festive classic, then, so people are mad that they won’t be able to catch it on Netflix this yuletide, as you can see below.
THEY TOOK THE NEWEST GRINCH OFF NETFLIX MY HEART IS BROKEN
— nicole (@wildflwrxwalls) December 7, 2020
Up the prices but take away The Grinch? No fair!
— Arianna Forbes (@_AriannaNichole) December 7, 2020
There were just 18 days to go!
@netflix why did you have to take off the grinch with only 18 more days until Christmas ???? I have a kid that’s all she watches so cue the tantrums
— Brianna♛ (@BriannaFrancine) December 7, 2020
You suck, Netflix.
You suck for removing the grinch @netflix
— Katie ? (@sleepymama_) December 7, 2020
What the heck?
What the heck is @netflix doing taking the Grinch off 3 weeks before Christmas?!?!
— Katie (@katiee_m5) December 7, 2020
THEY TOOK THE GRINCH OFF NETFLIX AND NOW IM SO SADDDD that’s my comfort movie so now I gotta buy it:(
— barbs? (@barbaranava_) December 7, 2020
Really, really bad timing.
why the hellll they take the grinch off netflix ? wrong timing man
— kelsssss✨ (@_kscibetta) December 7, 2020
Very rude move by Netflix.
it’s actually rude @netflix is taking the grinch off at the end of the year
— brianne (@briiannemorgan_) December 7, 2020
2020 did it again.
the fact that netflix is getting rid of the grinch made 2020 so much worse
— bristyn steele (@bristyncros) December 7, 2020
They always remove the best movies.
@netflix can really choke a bag of penis’ for removing The Grinch. They always remove the best movies smh ??
— Jasmyne Lenzie (@JLenzie92) December 7, 2020
Wrong film but… THE AUDACITY!
— ✌️ (@kristixxrawrs) December 7, 2020
As this last tweet reminds us, the upside is that the live-action version of the tale, 2000’s Jim Carrey vehicle How the Grinch Stole Christmas, remains on the site, so you can always catch that one to get your Grinch fix this holiday season. And though it is a pain, the animated flick is still available on whichever VOD platform you prefer to use.
Besides, to be fair to Netflix, it was likely out of their hands that The Grinch was removed at this time, as it was probably due to an expiring licensing deal. As such, there’s a good chance that it may return to the streamer in 2021.