Grinch [Original Soundtrack]

Grinch [Original Soundtrack]

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by James Horner
     
 

He's a mean one, that Mr. Grinch. Director Ron Howard's live-action version of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas stars Jim Carrey as the nasty Green One. For the accompanying soundtrack, Howard gathers a who's who of contemporary pop chart-toppers to sing songs about Whoville's Christmas. Beginning with a lighthearted rap from See more details below

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He's a mean one, that Mr. Grinch. Director Ron Howard's live-action version of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas stars Jim Carrey as the nasty Green One. For the accompanying soundtrack, Howard gathers a who's who of contemporary pop chart-toppers to sing songs about Whoville's Christmas. Beginning with a lighthearted rap from Busta Rhymes and Carrey himself ("Grinch 2000"), the songs roughly follow the familiar plot, with most of the artists playfully adopting the Grinch's jealous point of view. The Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds contribute swinging ditties about the Grinch's envy and isolation ("Green Christmas" and "Lonely Christmas Eve"), while Smash Mouth get a bit nastier with the ska-inflected "Better Do It Right" and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra connect the shooby-doowop "Perfect Christmas Night" to the heavy guitar blast "Grinch" on their own "Whoville Medley." Meanwhile, the Eels empathize with Max, the unfortunately antlered hound, on the quirky "Christmas Is Going to the Dogs." The story climaxes with big, lush ballads from 'N Sync (the sentimental "You Don't Have to Be Alone") and Faith Hill (the grandiose "Where Are You Christmas?"). In addition to the pop songs, the album includes selections from James Horner's orchestral score and several brief bits of movie dialogue. Destined to become a new Christmas classic, The Grinch is full of good-natured, playful songs about one mean green guy.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The soundtrack to The Grinch, Ron Howard's live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic Christmas story The Night the Grinch Stole Christmas, features excerpts from James Horner's score and pop renditions of favorite Christmas songs. Though a more typically quirky composer like Danny Elfman would have been a more obvious choice to score an off-kilter fantasy like this, Horner's compositions manage to strike a good balance between edgy humor and sentimentality. Of the Christmas tunes, Ben Folds Five's "Lonely Christmas Eve," the eels' "Christmas Is Going to the Dogs," and Busta Rhymes and Jim Carrey's duet on "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" are the standout tracks, but songs by 'N Sync, Smash Mouth, the Barenaked Ladies, Faith Hill, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra add an appropriately eclectic, whimsical touch to the soundtrack.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2000
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949076528
catalogNumber:
490765

Tracks

  1. Movie Dialogue: Kids Today
  2. Grinch 2000
  3. Green Christmas
  4. Christmas of Love
  5. Lonely Christmas Eve
  6. Movie Dialogue: Grinch Schedule
  7. Better Do It Right
  8. Whoville Medley: Perfect Christmas Night/Grinch
  9. Movie Dialogue: Reindeer
  10. Christmas Is Going to the Dogs
  11. You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  12. Movie Dialogue: Christmas Means More  - Anthony Hopkins
  13. You Don't Have to Be Alone (On Christmas)
  14. Where Are You Christmas?
  15. The Shape of Things to Come
  16. Memories of a Green Childhood
  17. Christmas, Why Can't I Find You?
  18. Stealing Christmas
  19. The Big Heist
  20. Does Cindy Lou Really Ruin Christmas?
  21. A Change of the Heart
  22. The Sleigh of Presents
  23. He Carves the Roast Beast

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Horner   Primary Artist,Conductor
Barenaked Ladies   Track Performer
Busta Rhymes   Track Performer
Jim Carrey   Dialogue
Eels   Track Performer
Trans-Siberian Orchestra   Track Performer
Smash Mouth   Track Performer
'N Sync   Track Performer
Little Isidore & the Inquisitors   Track Performer
Taylor Momsen   Track Performer
Anthony Hopkins   Dialogue

Technical Credits

James Horner   Producer,Score
Faith Hill   Producer
Rick Chertoff   Producer
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Rob Hyman   Producer,Engineer
Randy Kerber   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Sound Design
Julian King   Engineer
Stewart Lerman   Engineer
Dave Marquette   Engineer
George Mayers   Engineer
Paul O'Neill   Producer
John Paterno   Engineer
Jim Scott   Engineer
Ian Underwood   Sound Design
Eric Valentine   Producer,Engineer
Don Was   Producer
Dave Wittman   Engineer
Ben Folds   Producer
Simon Rhodes   Producer,Engineer
Terry Robertson   Art Direction
Richard Stone   Orchestration
Brian Grazer   Executive Producer
Todd Hallowell   Executive Producer
Veit Renn   Producer
Steve Stoute   Executive Producer
Adam Barber   Engineer
Ron Howard   Executive Producer
Ed Robertson   Composer

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