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Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
(2018)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
Edward Trybek

Additional Music by:
T.J. Lindgren
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Back Lot Music
(November 9th, 2018)
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Commercial download release only, with limited high-resolution availability.
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Buy it... if you appreciated Danny Elfman's respectful but anonymous blend of holiday resonance and wild, slapstick action in context or if you have an established affinity for the composer's zanier children's ventures.

Avoid it... if you require more than a pleasant reminder of Elfman's reliable confidence in this genre, as the score leaves you with little more than fond memories of the interpolated melodies of the 1966 television adaptation of the same story.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,919
WRITTEN 12/7/18
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Dr. Seuss' The Grinch: (Danny Elfman) The 2018 animated fluff-fest Dr. Seuss' The Grinch is the third adaptation of the original Dr. Seuss classic tale of Christmas spirit, following the 1966 television production and the 2000 live-action cinematic expansion. Just as with the 2000 film, the innocuous but rather pointless 2018 version struggles to fill a feature-length film with content originally perfect for a short. The basic concept is retained, however, as the story is one of transformation for the titular Grinch as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas after trying to steal it away from his neighboring fantasy world of Whoville. Additional slapstick humor aimed at the kids is once again the studio's technique, and the ploy yielded financial success even if critics couldn't have cared less. Perhaps if the angry, brightly colored Grinch had simply been given a Twitter account with which to rant about how the Whos are all illegal immigrants, the rest of us would have been spared the unlikely transcendence of character. Enthusiasts of the 1966 Boris Karloff-performed version of the tale will find traces of its music still alive in Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, though the soundtrack is, as expected, part marketing stunt and part generic collection of holiday staples. Composer Danny Elfman is largely the glue of the 2018 project's music, writing the score and producing original songs as well. The headlining songs are a duo by rapper Tyler Okonma (a.k.a. Tyler, the Creator), including an adaptation of one of Albert Hague's original 1966 melodies. Not only are these songs so disparate in style from the rest of the production that they make no sense in context, but bless the younglings who, after hearing the artist here, venture off to enjoy other performances by Tyler, the Creator in all their profane glory. How far the world has come from Nat King Cole! (Though not really, as his "The Christmas Song" is included in this soundtrack as well.) Elfman is sure to include the famous Hague melodic material in his score, particularly the extremely austere "Welcome Christmas," so that it receives both outward cameo and subtle interpolation treatment. The resulting score has considerable merit as a joyful tribute to the 1966 original and is on par with the style and spirit of James Horner's 2000 equivalent. But, like the film, you get the feeling that everything in the score is perfunctory, a little too predictable, and, for Elfman collectors, pleasantly anonymous.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 47:36
• 1. The Big Opening (2:46)
• 2. Going to Town (1:36)
• 3. Jaunty Kitchen (1:37)
• 4. Mailing a Letter (0:50)
• 5. It's Better This Way (1:29)
• 6. Northward Bound (1:29)
• 7. Christmas in Whoville (4:01)
• 8. Last Lonely Boy (1:52)
• 9. Welcome Song/Forlorn (2:29)
• 10. To the Fort (1:18)
• 11. Dog Tongue (1:23)
• 12. Walking Toward Destiny (2:47)
• 13. The Loudest Snow (2:10)
• 14. Puppy Eyes (1:03)
• 15. Command Center (1:33)
• 16. Grinch's Wild Ride (2:42)
• 17. Kids Can't Sleep (1:33)
• 18. Stealing Christmas (4:04)
• 19. Taking the Bait (1:43)
• 20. It's My Fault (2:19)
• 21. Welcome Christmas - composed by Albert Hague and Ted Geisel (1:38)
• 22. The Apology (1:08)
• 23. First Christmas - composed by Bob Wells and Mel Torme (0:51)
• 24. The Big Finale (1:56)
• 25. All By Myself - composed by Eric Carmen (1:05)

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