Illumination Entertainment has given Dr. Seuss’ classic Christmas tale a CG upgrade with its forthcoming adaptation of The Grinch. While the story gets a flashy modernization thanks to animation technology and the endearing voice of Benedict Cumberbatch, the theme song has also been updated courtesy of Tyler, the Creator and iconic composer Danny Elfman.
As we pointed out when news of Tyler’s involvement was first revealed in the film’s trailer, we’re not really sure a slinking rap track is the best foil for an animated children’s movie, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad song. Tyler and Elfman have actually put together a completely serviceable version, complete with kid’s choir, the crack of a slay whip, and Tyler’s own verse from the Grinch’s perspective: “All those smiles, homie, I turn ’em frowns/ All them decorations, I tear ’em down/ You can ask Max, I don’t play around.”
Listen to the full version below via its lyric video.
The Grinch hits theaters on November 9th, with the soundtrack out the same day. The OST features another Elfman and Tyler collaboration, an original called “I Am the Grinch”, as well as two tracks from Elfman’s score for the film, “A Wonderful Awful Idea” and “Stealing Christmas”. Other inclusions include The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s “Jingle Bells” and “Run Rudolph Run”, Run-DMC’s “Chirstmas Is” and “Chirstmas In Hollis”, and Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song (Merry Chirstmas to You”).
The Grinch Official Soundtrack Tracklist:
01. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Tyler, The Creator
02. I Am The Grinch – Tyler, The Creator
03. Christmas Is – Run-DMC
04. Deck The Halls – Jackie Wilson
05. Run Rudolph Run – The Brian Setzer Orchestra
06. Favorite Things – The Supremes
07. Zat You Santa Claus? – Buster Poindexter and His Banshees of Blue
08. Christmas In Hollis – Run-DMC
09. Jingle Bells – The Brian Setzer Orchestra
10. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) – Nat King Cole
11. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Pentatonix
12. A Wonderful Awful Idea – Danny Elfman
13. Stealing Christmas – Danny Elfman
In addition to Cumberbatch as the title character, the film stars Angela Lansbury as the Mayor of Whoville, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, and Pharrell Williams as the Narrator. Watch the latest trailer below.