- October 28, 2018 at 2:29 pm #98701
Despicable Me 3 had a song album released by Columbia and then a digital score released by Backlot. I imagine the same is happening here.November 1, 2018 at 8:50 pm #98703November 8, 2018 at 9:13 pm #98749
Samples are on iTunes. The theme in the first track is a real earworm.November 9, 2018 at 3:50 am #98750
rkeaveneyKeymasterNovember 9, 2018 at 5:09 pm #98751
a nod to “welcome christmas” from the 1966 film in the first bars of the opening? fah who foraze, dah who doraze indeed!November 9, 2018 at 6:57 pm #98752
additional thoughts just posted to FSM after second listen:
some of elfman’s brightest, airiest orchestrations in years (can really hear between the sections with some great woodwind clarity)…
loving the kooky faux rock/jazzy riffs al la ‘the incredibles’ in “walking toward destiny”, “grinch’s wild ride” and especially “mailing the letter”…
well hello reedy organ, theremin and i think elfman’s first use of full bell choir ever…
some terrific stallingesque writing reminiscent of his work on “meet the robinsons” and obvs “nightmare before christmas”…
knocks the choir/brass big christmas sound out of the park, and keeps the tchaikovsky pizzicato string + glockenspiel holiday cliche ALIVE…
standout tracks: “the big opening”, “christmas in whoville”, “lost lonely boy”, “loudest snow”, “taking the bait” and showstoppers “grinch’s wild ride” and “stealing christmas”…November 9, 2018 at 8:13 pm #98753
It’s a bit distracting to hear that Oz theme (that later was used as a secondary theme for Time in Alice 2) all over this, but it’s Elfman unleashed, so obviously I’m loving it. The opening track is fantastic.
Still a bit bummed by the lack of CD.November 9, 2018 at 11:36 pm #98754
Wish the recent Elfman London recordings were closer-mic’ed. I prefer being in the orchestra rather than outside of it.
Lots of Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet too. Haven’t really picked out the main theme yet, but so far the score is a romp.November 10, 2018 at 11:32 am #98756
This was recorded in LA.
Much prefer the London recordings myself.November 12, 2018 at 11:31 am #98757
After one listen, I’m not too thrilled. Lots of mickey-mousing and brass “screams” (reminiscent of FLUBBER, which is not a compliment). As previously mentioned, this is NOT the type of Elfman I gravitate towards these days.
I’ll sit impatiently and tap my fingers while I wait for his next indie project (or concert work) to be released.November 15, 2018 at 1:17 am #98759
Yikes, dddeee, you’re right. I think I got this and DUMBO mixed up. My daughter is almost 1 year old and my memory hasn’t returned… Those dumb dad sitcoms might not be totally wrong.November 24, 2018 at 11:48 pm #98761
Saw the movie. It’s exactly what you’re expecting.
Score is really generously mixed. Some moments which normally would have screamed for crazy mickey-mousing were played less ‘notey’ (no idea how to explain this musically), which I thought was interesting from Elfman. ‘It’s Better This Way’ and ‘Lost, Lonely Boy’ are really lovely in context.
I think I prefer this to Elfman’s other non-Burton animated scores. It has a lot of heart.December 2, 2018 at 9:13 pm #98765
Elfman’s 10th film to hit $200M at the domestic box office. Will end up being his fifth biggest movie in the US unadjusted for inflation.
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