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SPOILER WARNING! The following article contains minor spoilers for Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse. If you haven't seen the film, you may want to stay away until you have.
There are many wonderful and weird jokes in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, courtesy of the filmmakers' fantastic wit, but the Christmas album is one of the best touches. Not only is it super funny, but it actually offers a touch of insight into the first Peter Parker we meet in the movie. It's a funny gag at the start of the feature, a great addition to the soundtrack in the end credits... and now music that you can listen to anywhere:
The folks at Sony Pictures Animation have offered fans everywhere a wonderful holiday treat today, as they've not only released two songs from the A Very Spidey Christmas album, but have announced full plans for an entire CD that will be available to fans starting tomorrow, December 21st. In addition to "Spidey-Bells (A Hero's Lament)," sung by Chris Pine, the soundtrack will also feature Jake Johnson singing his own odd take on "Deck The Halls...
Which you can listen to below!
The EP, which it seems will only be getting a digital release (according to Film Music Reporter), includes a total of five tracks, all featuring talent from Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Here is the listing of all the songs, including the two that have already been released:
1. "Joy to the World" -- Shameik Moore (1:40)
2. "Spidey-Bells (A Hero's Lament)" -- Chris Pine (2:41)
3. "Deck The Halls" -- Jake Johnson (2:05)
4. "Up on the House Top" -- Chris Pine (1:45)
5. "The Night Before Christmas 1967" (Spoken Word) -- Jorma Taccone (2:45)
(In case you were confused/curious, Jorma Taccone - best known for his work with The Lonely Island - voices not only the Green Goblin in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, but also the 1960s animated Spider-Man with whom Spider-Man 2099 gets into a fierce pointing battle during the mid-credits sequence.)
The fact that the Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse filmmakers got Chris Pine to sing not one, but two different Spider-Man-themed Christmas songs is sincerely impressive, but also a testament to just how good the material is here. It's weird how excited I am to hear these other tracks and the experience of imagining the songs being sung by the different characters.
As mentioned, the special A Very Spidey Christmas soundtrack will be available for download starting tomorrow - and perhaps you can even listen to the song while you make your way over to the movie theater for another screening of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. The film, featuring the talents of Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, Lily Tomlin and more, is now playing in theaters everywhere (and is also one of the best films of the year).