The first of two tracks that Tyler, the Creator did for the forthcoming The Grinch reimagining has been released and it’s a cover of the film’s iconic theme, “You’re A Mean One.”
First teased in the third official trailer for the film back in September, the track is a drastic reimagining of the original version written by Dr. Seuss, composed by Albert Hague and recorded by Thurl Ravenscroft for the original 1966 animated special. With Tyler working with Academy Award-nominated composer Danny Elfman, the duo launched the track into the 21st century. However, despite enlisting a chorus of children and leaning heavily on the bass end of the frequency spectrum, the track’s classic drag is ever-present.
The Grinch follows both the 1966 animated version and 2000 live-action version, and similarly focuses on the reclusive Grinch in his venture to steal Christmas from the inhabitants of Whoville. Benedict Cumberbatch and Cameron Seely voice the roles of the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who, respectively. Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson and Angela Lansbury are also credited with voice roles, with Pharrell Williams serving as narrator.
The latest reimagining is an endeavor of Illumination Entertainment and is its eighth fully animated feature, following the likes of Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets and Sing. It was directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, and is scheduled for release on Nov. 9.
“You’re A Mean One” will eventually be joined by “I Am The Grinch,” an original track Tyler, the Creator wrote for the movie. Check out the former song below, and find the latest The Grinch trailer further down.