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How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Randy Kerber
J.A.C. Redford
Joseph Alfuso
Steven J. Bernstein
J. Eric Schmidt
Richard Stone

Dialogue by:
Jim Carrey
Anthony Hopkins
Taylor Momsen

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes
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Interscope Records
(November 7th, 2000)

(November 21st, 2000)
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The Interscope Records album is a regular U.S. release. The promotional album (and subsequent bootleg) was only available through the secondary market.
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Buy it... on the expanded promotional or bootlegged album only if you do not own the commercial product and consider yourself a die-hard Horner collector.

Avoid it... on the commercial album if only the twenty minutes of true highlights from the score on that product can't compensate for the rest of the album's irritating contents.
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WRITTEN 11/14/00, REVISED 11/10/07
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: (James Horner) With so many audiences familiar with the 22-minute cartoon narrated by Boris Karloff that has appeared for two generations on network television each Christmas, director Ron Howard took it upon himself to expand upon that faithful adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book with his own live action version of 90 minutes. Howard's 2000 film, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, opens with an hour of background material about the snowflake town of Whoville and its Grinch before launching into the more familiar part of the story in its final third. With these additional revelations about the past of the Grinch, audiences get a better idea as to why he would be motivated to sneak down off his mountain of garbage and steal all the Christmas presents and decorations on the eve of the holiday. One of the main attractions of the film was the title performance by Jim Carrey, which was strangely wasted by the amount of makeup placed on him to mirror the drawn version of the character. The film wasn't received well, especially by critics, with the harsh colors and intentionally blurry photography producing a feel that dissatisfies the same viewers who would eventually be turned off by The Polar Express. The marketing blitz surrounding the film informed weary adults that the big new version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas was largely a marketing ploy, and one significant part of that ploy was the film's soundtrack. Songs from the old cartoon were interpolated into the film, as were a few new orchestral and ensemble cast pieces. But with these songs came 'N Sync and Faith Hill, among others, eventually yielding an extremely disjointed soundtrack album representing an odd mix of cast songs, rock songs, dialogue, and orchestral underscore. Along for the journey once again with Ron Howard was composer James Horner, who contributed to both the song integration in How the Grinch Stole Christmas as well as the film's hour (roughly) of original score. While Horner is no stranger to the production of large-scale children's scores for fluffy films, this endeavor would compete with the film's larger commercialistic intentions and lose the battle.

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Promo Release
Tony - December 29, 2003, at 1:57 a.m.
1 comment  (3014 views)
no comment - December 4, 2003, at 4:31 p.m.
1 comment  (3538 views)
Some Of The Most Beautiful Music
Josh - May 14, 2003, at 8:58 a.m.
1 comment  (5760 views)
Horrible score and songs!   Expand >>
Metal Man - January 18, 2002, at 11:58 a.m.
1 comment  (3051 views)
Great Horner score!   Expand >>
Shawn Klopeck - December 23, 2001, at 10:22 a.m.
2 comments  (4004 views)
Newest: January 27, 2002, at 8:55 p.m. by
Peter Criss
"Your A Mean One" Vocals
D D K - September 16, 2001, at 6:35 a.m.
1 comment  (3477 views)

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Audio Samples   ▼
Commercial Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 76:51
• 1. Kids Today (0:20)
dialogue by Jim Carrey and Taylor Momsen
• 2. Grinch 2000 (3:34)
sung by Busta Rhymes/Jim Carrey
• 3. Green Christmas (2:35)
sung by Barenaked Ladies
• 4. Christmas of Love (2:19)
sung by Little Isidore & The Inquisitors
• 5. Lonely Christmas Eve (3:20)
sung by Ben Folds
• 6. Grinch Schedule (0:40)
dialogue by Jim Carrey
• 7. Better Do It Right (3:10)
sung by Smash Mouth
• 8. Whoville Medley: Perfect Christmas Night/Grinch (4:59)
sung by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
• 9. Reindeer (0:35)
dialogue by Jim Carrey
• 10. Christmas is Going to the Dogs (2:57)
sung by Eels
• 11. You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch (2:31)
sung by Busta Rhymes/Jim Carrey
• 12. Christmas Means More (0:49)
dialogue by Jim Carrey/Anthony Hopkins
• 13. You Don't Have to Be Alone (4:33)
sung by 'N Sync
• 14. Where Are You Christmas (4:06)
sung by Faith Hill

Original Score by James Horner:
• 15. Shape of Things to Come (includes Happy Who-lidays) (6:32)
performed by cast ensemble
• 16. Memories of a Green Childhood (3:28)
• 17. Christmas, Why Can't I Find You? (2:09)
performed by Taylor Momsen
• 18. Stealing Christmas (6:55)
includes dialogue by Jim Carrey/Anthony Hopkins/Taylor Momsen
• 19. The Big Heist (4:04)
• 20. Does Cindy Lou Really Ruin Christmas? (4:09)
• 21. A Change of Heart (3:43)
• 22. The Sleigh of Presents (6:01)
• 23. He Carves the Roast Beast (includes Welcome Christmas) (3:12)
performed by cast ensemble
Promotional Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 71:22

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The insert of the commercial album includes countless credits, but no lyrics or extra information about the score. Original copies of the promotional album have no packaging.
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