years Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas has entertained old
and young alike. For many, like my own family, it became a yearly
tradition to watch this cartoon together along with A Charlie Brown Christmas
and the claymation-classics, Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer and Santa
Claus is Coming to Town. Interestingly enough the music of each of
these Christmas classics have become classics in their own right. From
Vince Guaraldi's wonderful jazz trio underscoring of Charlie Brown's search for
the true meaning of Christmas, to comical lyrics of You're a Mean One, Mr.
Grinch, each forged a special place in the hearts of millions.
never fails. Whenever
remakes of such classics are done, just a bit of intrepidation enters my
heart...especially in the case of The Grinch. Such a simple, yet
wonderful story; how could it be done any better? And what about
the music? With rumors about this movie and score's composer, James
Horner, circulating for over a year, the anticipation and expectations have
had ample time to become pretty lofty.
original music for the 1966 animated featured is full of charm and
memorable melodies. Rhino's 1999 release of the music and narration
quaintly captures the essence of the story and delivers the best music in
isolated music tracks. In addtion, another Seuss classic, Horton
Hears a Who is given similar treatment.
Howard's remake of the story of the Grinch, complete with score by James
Horner, has caused a new stirring of Grinchmania. The Interscope
release of the official soundtrack throws a wild variety of pop music
along with the score and narration. The end result could even drive
our "redeemed" Grinch friend to go back to his former Grinchy-lifestyle!
the Full Reviews:
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
How The Grinch Stole
by James Horner (2000)
by Albert Hague
Eugene Poddany (1966)