When we first see Grimsby, he is interrupting his boss, the Burgermeister, one wintry evening, while he is having a great dinner, to report a baby abandoned in a basket at the doorstep, the only clue to his identity being a card with the name Claus. The Burgermeister has no intentions of taking in a baby, and orders Grimsby to take the infant to the local orphanage ("Orphan Asylum"). Somehow, Grimsby loses the baby, who miraculously ends up in the hands of the Kringle elves, who adopt him as Kris.
Years later, when the Burgermeister trips on a toy duck and outlaws all toys in retaliation, Grimsby proceeds to enforce it without question, confiscating all the toys in town from the weeping children. When Kris almost wins over the Burgermeister with a yo-yo, it is Grimsby who ruins the moment by reminding his boss that he is breaking his own law. From that time on, Grimsby is constantly trying to capture Kris and his friends on the Burgermeister's orders, and finally succeeds by following Jessica to the Kringles' workshop. It may be inferred that after Jessica helps Kris and his friends escape custody with the help of the magic corn and the reindeer, and right under Grimsby's nose, he probably lost his job, as he never appears again after that.
- Like the Burgermeister, Grimsby was voiced by the late Paul Frees. Unlike the Burgermeister, who makes in a pseudo Germanic accent, Grimsby speaks in a more stereotypically "dash-it-all" British accent.
- Like Smee in Peter Pan, Grimsby does not look at all evil, which in a way makes him more sinister as he goes about enforcing the Burgermeister's harsh anti-toy laws in a totally indifferent manner.
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