There’s nothing like a fan theory to iron out the plot holes in any movie, but the latest one to resurface ruins not just The Grinch but Christmas itself.
It’s not the first time this theory about the movie How The Grinch Stole Christmas has done the rounds, but it’s just as heartbreaking every time.
Fans of the Christmas movie will be used to the dark, comical tone of Jim Carrey as the green furry creature, but probably won’t have given much thought into the origin story of his pet dog Max.
For those who are not familiar with the movie, the Grinch is a Christmas-hating loner who lives at the top of Mount Crumpit with his dog Max, and gets angrier and angrier as the citizens of Whoville who dump their unwanted Christmas gifts and rubbish in a chute that leads right into his home.
Having lived on the mountain since he was a child, after being humiliated by his classmates at school, the Grinch finally reaches the end of his tether with the town of Whoville and decides to steal all their gifts and ruin the holiday for them.
One thing doesn’t add up, however… if the Grinch has lived on a mountain by himself and hasn’t visited the town in decades, just where did his dog Max come from?
Given that most things arrive at the Grinch’s house via the trash chute, TikTok users have implied that that’s how Max ended up there too, as an unwanted gift a child threw away.
Clearly that family from Whoville had never heard that ‘a dog is for life, not just for Christmas’.
Fans of the film – which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year – were understandably left devastated by the thought that Max could have been an unwanted gift that had been carelessly thrown away.
They tweeted: ‘i cant stop thinking about the tiktok that pointed out that a who had to have thrown max away for the grinch to have gotten him’ and ‘Ever since someone said the Grinch probably found Max in the trash, the grinch makes me so sad to watch’.
Others added: ‘ya know how the grinch got everything he owned from the dump of who-ville? So where did max come from?…. someone explain because it’s raining in my heart rn’.
Thankfully, it seems there are some other ways Max ended up with the Grinch after all, with him having visited the post office earlier in the movie meaning he probably did have opportunities to take Mak back with him.
The original 1988 book The Grinch Meets His Max says Max was found by The Grinch after getting lost on Mount Crumpit, though how he got up there in the first place remains a mystery.