The Grinch is a fictional green character created by Dr. Seuss, best known as the main character of the children's book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957). Usually portrayed as a spectacularly Ill-tempered and bitter creature, he is a familiar character in children's literature, has starred in a TV animated series and in a 2000 live-action film featuring Jim Carrey as the lead. The Grinch lives in seclusion with his pet dog, Max, on a cliff overlooking the cheerful and optimistic town of Whoville, hating everything about the Christmas season, most particularly the Christmastime noises and the Christmas carols. Set on ruining the town's holiday, he disguises himself as Santa Claus, breaks into the Whos' homes and steals all the presents they are about to get, intending to dump everything off a nearby mountain. But he regrets it all when he hears his victims singing cheerfully on Christmas morning. Then he finally understands that gifts and possessions do not represent the true sense of the holiday, there is a much more profound and spiritual meaning to it all.