Illumination Adds Pharrell Williams and Tyler, the Creator to Adaptation of ‘The Grinch’


Illumination Entertainment remains an up and coming animation studio. They’ve had mega-hits, including “Despicable Me” and “The Secret Life of Pets,” but they’re still a new company. Under Universal Studios, the studio has only released 8 films to date. However, they’re proving to be an interesting group that attracts talent to their projects. Now, Pharrell Williams and Tyler, the Creator will join up with the studio for the upcoming “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.”

According to Deadline, the two musical artists are joining the project in different roles. Pharrell continues to work with the studio that earned him an Oscar nomination in 2013 for the “Despicable Me 2” song “Happy,” likely the runner-up. For “The Grinch,” Pharrell will voice the narrator of the project. Pharrell has appeared in various projects over the years and grabbing the narrator role easily adds talent to the film.

Meanwhile, Tyler, the Creator will take on a Pharrell-esque role for “The Grinch” as the singer/songwriter. Composer Danny Elfman wrote the score for the film, and Tyler, the Creator and Elfman collaborated on a new version of “You’re a Mean One.” On top of that, Tyler, the Creator will add “I Am the Grinch,” a new original song for the story. Considering that Tyler, the Creator looks to have a career very similar to Pharrell, the combination of the two together should be extremely exciting.

With “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” Illumination will release it’s second Dr. Seuss inspired film. Back in 2012, they release “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” which was met with mixed reviews. It is also the first adaptation of The Grinch since the Jim Carrey film from 2000. With Benedict Cumberbatch taking on the titular role, the recipe for success is there. Illumination hopes to steal the box office with the new film.

What do you think of Pharrell Williams and Tyler, the Creator joining “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch?” Does Illumination have another hit on their hands? Let us know what you think in the comments below! 

“Dr. Seuss’ the Grinch” releases on Nov. 9, 2018. Universal Pictures distributes.