Danny Elfman, (Danny Elfman's Music For A Darkened Theater Volume One)
Yes, I am actually one of the few people who actually liked SCROOGED as a film. If you combine two of my favorite elements: Christmas and Bill Murray, you've got me in a theater. Murray is perhaps the most underrated comedic actor in film. His lunacy, represented through his acidic smugness, out of control hair and his ability to add bite to a extremely dark concept all come to the surface in SCROOGED.
What essentially started out as a nasty spin on the SCROOGE tale ended up being the product of studio interference. Instead the film plays much lighter, and therein lies the rub for Danny Elfman. The tone of the film shifted very late in the movie's production, and unfortunately past the point where Elfman's music seemed mismatched. So what ultimately results is a score that was hidden to avoid detection, and used very little. Fans have requested this score on CD, but after timing the score while watching SCROOGED on video, I've found there just isn't enough music here to warrant a whole CD. Almost half of it is available already on MUSIC FOR A DARKENED THEATER Vol. 1 (MCAD-10065), but it's the second half that makes this little heard score so intriguing.
Music: Danny Elfman
Tracks listed in BLUE indicate music not available on CD.
1. Northpole (1:02)
Scrooged on CD: 8:42
Stylistically, SCROOGED fits in just after BEETLEJUICE. It marked the first time Danny Elfman used the boy's choir while incorporating his fun stylings from BACK TO SCHOOL. The score has it's creepy parts, like in "Walter Ablaze" and "Crematorium" as well. Stand out cues include "Frank Cross: Humanitarian Of The Year", the main titles "North Pole" and several mini cues that are used in the diegetic effect of the film (the television promos, the "Frisby The Dog" theme) rather than as incidental music.
SCROOGED Real Audio Sound Files
Main Titles | 0:53
Showtime At IBC | 1:01
Elliot Gives Blood | 0:40
Crematorium | 0:53
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