This weekend marked the beginning of Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood, the annual holiday event hosted by The Grinch and his sidekick Max the Dog from Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale How The Grinch Stole Christmas. To kick off the event, the California theme park is partnering with the Amanda Foundation and the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services to host the Max to the Rescue: Whoville’s Have A Heart Pet Adoption Fair happening today, Sunday December 12, 2010, from noon to 4PM in an area located near the theme park’s main entrance.
Max the Dog will be there to greet the animal shelter dogs and potential new pet owners. “Max” is actually Dusty, Dexter, Buster, and Scrapper, former shelter dogs, who were “discovered” by trainers who felt their playfulness, intelligence and “look” who perfect for the the Grinchmas celebration, as well as for TV and film productions.
According to USH, during Grinchmas, the four Max dogs perform for 30-minutes at a time, then enjoy a leisurely hour and half break, all the while interacting with their trainers. The rest of their time is spent in dog runs and in the company of other canine friends.
“We’re looking for animals that have tremendous energy and want to play,” said animal trainer John McCormick. “The same ‘hyper-energy’ that may have led an owner to abandon their pet may make the animal well-suited to movie and TV work, and for a role in Universal’s ‘Grinchmas,'” he added.
“We love our animals and take great pride in giving them a warm and caring environment. The dogs love interacting with people during ‘Grinchmas’ and it’s a terrific feeling to see the faces of young guests when they finally get that chance to meet Max. It’s a win-win for us, the dogs and the kids.”
USH will have tons of fresh snow and a “Whoville Whobilation” at the Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas original movie sets. During their behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, the tram will stop at the “Whoville” buildings Whoville’s residents will re-enact scenes and songs from the film. The tram riders will also arrive at the Grinch’s Lair on a quest to help the Grinch and Max the Dog return the stolen gifts to Whoville. According to USH, a new feature this year at the Grinch’s Lair will send guests spiraling towards Mt. Crumpit, amid snow drifts, as they band together with the Grinch to restore Grinchmas to Whoville.
If you’re thinking of adopting a dog, visit USH today, where you can have theme park fun and bring home a new member of your family.
Grinchmas starts this weekend and then will go daily from December 18, 2010 through January 2, 2011. Grinchmas is included in the price of theme park admission.
Guests who attend Universal Studios Hollywood’s Grinchmas celebration will be able to purchase the Buy a Day and get 2011 Free annual pass.