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No, Netflix didn’t remove Dr. Seuss’ ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ from Netflix in the U.S.

Don’t get confused by the reports.

A young Who is lectured by the Grinch (Jim Carrey) in the live-action film “Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000).
A young Who is lectured by the Grinch (Jim Carrey) in the live-action film “Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000).
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A number of reports suggest that Netflix has removed Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” from its service.

Well, that’s not entirely the case.

Both The Independent and the Daily Mail reported this week that the famous holiday film, which stars Jim Carrey in the lead role as the Grinch, had been removed from the Netflix server, spreading widespread panic from Christmas fans. Some called out Netflix for ruining Christmas since they took the film away.

  • “How come you guys have taken The Grinch off Netflix on the 1st December?” one person tweeted, according to The Independent. “It was on there yesterday. I don’t think The Grinch stole Christmas, you guys have.”
  • The Grinch has been on Netflix since July?? And now it’s December 1st, they’ve took it off??? Is this an actual joke??? CHRISTMAS IS CANCELLED.”

But don’t worry: As ComicBook.com notes, the film is still available on the United States’ version of the Netflix app.

An independent review from the Deseret News confirmed that the film still exists on the American service.

Similarly, American Netflix users can watch the new cartoon film, “The Grinch,” on Netflix, too.

Netflix responded to the news about the film leaving the service in a statement to the Daily Mail:

  • “Netflix licenses TV shows and movies from studios and content providers around the world, and those licenses can expire if we don’t renew them. Though we strive to keep the content you want to see, we acquire licensing rights for TV shows and movies for a certain period of time — not indefinitely — so some titles do leave Netflix,” according to the statement. “If a TV show or movie you love is leaving, it indicates that our licensing agreement with the content provider is about to end.
  • “Whenever a TV show or movie is expiring, we evaluate whether or not to renew it using the same criteria we apply to potential new content.”