The film is a parody of the classic Dr. Seuss story How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which tells a much more family-friendly story about a creature who despises the holiday so much that he tries to steal it. Of course, the Grinch eventually learns to love Christmas, brings back all the presents, and is invited by the town of Whoville to join their celebrations.
The character was recently voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2018 animated film created by Illumination, although — from the one production that’s still available — it appears the XYZ film will link directly to Ron Howard’s 2000 adaptation. Thornton’s grinning face – with an upturned, almost dog-like nose and cheeks so wrinkled they’re practically ridged – closely resembles the character design used for Jim Carrey’s iconic portrayal of the character.
The best thing about The Mean One is that fans don’t have to pay a dime to see it. Deadline reports that the film will be released fully online on December 15th. Consider it an early Christmas present from the delightfully twisted minds of XYZ.