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Chicken Run [Soundtrack]

Harry Gregson-Williams , John Powell Audio CD
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1. Opening Escape
2. Main Titles
3. The Evil Mrs. Tweedy
4. Rats!
5. Chickens Are Not Organized
6. We Need A Miracle
7. Rocky & The Circus
8. Flight Training
9. A Really Big Truck Arrives
10. Cocktails And Flighty Thoughts
11. Babs' Big Break
12. Flip Flop And Fly - Ellis Hall
13. Up On The Roof
14. Onto The Pie Machine
15. Rocky, A Fake All Along
16. Building The Crate
17. The Wanderer-Dion
18. The Chickens Are Revolting
19. Lift Off
20. Escape To Paradise

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With a film as wildly, intelligently entertaining as Chicken Run, the score needs to be something special just to keep pace. Not a problem, then, for John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams, a pair who have worked (together and separately) on other animated films (The Tigger Movie, Antz) and action films (Enemy of the State, Face/Off)--which has prepared them perfectly for a film in which a gaggle of chickens re-enact The Great Escape. Powell and Gregson-Williams' score is perfectly suited to the action on screen: classic instrumentation and serious themes, but with the occasional nod and wink; this is a score that--like the film itself--takes itself just seriously enough. Never bombastic, the cues pay tribute to the music of classic war and action movies--there's a hint of The Dirty Dozen, a nod to Indiana Jones, even a Star Wars-esque bit towards the end. --Randy Silver

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5.0 out of 5 stars Run to get this one - don't be a chicken Dec 30 2002
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Chicken Run is the best score to come from Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell teaming up. This is also one of the best scores for an animated film as well. There is lots of different kinds of music found in this soundtrack such as jazz, comedy, knockout action, and even country western. The main theme is a knockout heroic full orchestra delight, with plenty of brass and drum machines overpowering. This theme is also played wonderfully with a lighter, more romantic touch in some of the tracks on strings and woodwinds. Many unusual instruments are used throughout, such as the kazoo, which has a unique effect to the music, harmonicas, a bagpipe, and several drum machines. A powerful male choir that Hans Zimmer used to a great effect in Crimson Tide is featured in some of the tracks also, which adds a big testosterone sound to the music. The first 2 tracks simply blow you away with the main theme exploding in your face. "Flight Training" is another good cue with plenty of kazoos and choir with a jazz related combo (how often do you get that combination). "Building the Crate" is another knockout cue with a full blown orchestral performance to close it off. "Chickens Are Not Organized" contains a harmonica played over snare drums which actually sounds cool. "A Really Big Truck Arrives" utilizes the male choir along with big orchestral sounds. I could go on all day on how good this score is. Every score track is phenomenal and always leaves you wanting plenty more. 2 songs are on this album as well. "Flip Flop and Fly" by Ellis Hall sounds almost identical to "Jump Jive an' Wail", which I think was the idea there. "The Wanderer" by Dion is an oldie that along with the other song, should have been left off even though both songs are not bad. This is one of the best scores out there and you would be a fool to pass this one up. Run to get it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good value for your money Dec 20 2002
Format:Audio CD
I've started collecting soundtracks about two years ago, so I cannot say I'm a real expert on this topic, but from the 35 soundtracks I own right now, this one is my favourite. I have all three soundtracks of this composer duo (I found Shrek somewhat dissappointing, but Antz is another soundtrack I can recommend) and this one is their best in my eyes. They use different kinds of styles throughout the album whith three or so main themes. I like full orchestrations best, and fortunately, this album contains a lot of that alternated with some light music with solos in the clarinet. Powell and Williams are good in using different kinds of instruments and on this particular album they use one I don't know the name of, but it sounds like a lot of buzzing bees, and surprisingly it sounds very well. My favourite track of the album would be "building the crate" to which I can listen over and over. I also suggest that, after buying this record, you take a look at "The Rock", another soundtrack partly composed by Harry Gregson Williams, with gorgeous percussion and drums in it.
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For the claymation movie Chicken Run, the team that wonderfully scored Antz returns. Luckily, they not only reached the level of greatness they had in that film, they surpassed it
The film is somewhat of a knock off the 1960s movie, The Great Escape, and the score reflects that. The composers came up with a wonderful march that is very reminicant of the classic theme from the above movie. Throughout the score, and indeed in the Main Titles themselves, the theme goes through many transformations, each one great -- there's even a waltz version!
This score never gets boring. The style of the score stays mainly in the march, but quite often devaites at times, at times it's like French gondalla-esque music, and then later it's like 50s bebop, Italian 'Godfather'-esque music, and even 50s rock as well. There's tons of great action music, such as in one of my favorite cues, 'Building the Crate'. There's also lots of great more tender moments, but it never gets boring or bogged down.
The score is laced with many different instruments. Besides an abundant use of tuba, flute, clarinet, horns, and accoustic bass guitar, there's plenty of other interesting insturments inserted around the score, including a harmonica in 'Cokctails and Final Thoughts', an accoustic guitar in 'Babs's Big Break, and even a choir in 'Into the Pie Machine'. But no talk about the Chicken Run score can be complete without mentioning the kazoos. You might think that there's no way kazoos could fit in with an orchestra, but they do, and it's worlks wonderfully.
There are also two songs inserted, 'Flip Flop Fly' and 'The Wanderer'. Both fit into the mood of the music very well, and are great fun.
Overall, this is easily one of my favorites. It's highly melodic, with great instrumentation, one of the best main themes ever, and it's just downright pleasant to listen to. If you haven't picked this one up yet, be sure to, as it's hard to top this one for pure musical delight.
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If you haven't seen the movie (shame on you if you haven't) then this soundtrack probably isn't for you. But for those who have seen the film, go ahead and buy this soundtrack and laugh at the hilarious moments that happen simultaneously in the movie and score.
I got this CD from my mum for Christmas, and haven't stopped listening since. Kudos goes to John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams, who composed this egg-cellent score. They have created a soundtrack that really soars, unlike those poor flight-impaired chickens. (Sorry about the awful puns.) The score captures every moment of terror, triumph and hilarity in the film. (By the way, even though it's rated "G", this movie is enjoyed by kids and adults.) The "Main Titles" respectfully pay homage to The Great Escape while the whistling throughout the tracks is reminiscent of The Bridge on the River Kwai. "Rats!" gives a sort of enigmatic jazz to the film. "We Need a Miracle" is very touching, and I think could be included in one of those wartime romance films.
One of my favorite tracks is "Flight Training" for the sheer combination of styles. Powell and Gregson-Williams deftly combine different genres of music, from 40's big band to 50's cowboy movie scores, to pseudo-Japanese, to circus music and then a dash of Scottish bagpipes. One bar even sounds like "Dixie!" The surprising fact is that it never sounds confined or awkward; on the contrary, they are smoothly blended together. The balalaikas are a really nice touch. And the kazoos. You gotta love the kazoos, sprinkled here and there, used in smallish quantities, so as not to get too annoying.
"A Really Big Truck Arrives"-the sheer title made me laugh; it was eerily stating the obvious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Awesome Soundtrack from Powell and Gregson-Williams
I do not ususally write reviews on Amazon, but anyone who likes soundtrack scores should know about this CD. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Movie&FilmScoreFan
5.0 out of 5 stars "The music is as good as the movie!"
I am a big fan of the "Chicken Run" movie, and now of the soundtrack as well! John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams have a talent for fitting the music to the story and... Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Score
This is a near masterpiece. I only have about 300 film scores in my collection, but this is definately one of the very best.
Published on May 10 2003 by Major Kong
5.0 out of 5 stars I would rate it 100000000000
This was my favorite soundtract.I listened to it every day for 10 weeks after i got it.
Published on Nov. 5 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yer, nicely done
This is the first score I have bought by John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams and I must say that I have been pleasently pleased, it has got to be one of the better scores I have... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2000 by Matthew Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride!
The soundtrack is amazing! Every time I listen to it, I become more and more attached to it, wanting to hear more, and reliving the amazing movie in my head! Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2000 by Haley Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicken Run Flys With the best
A movie that is so original and funny and intelligent the score needs to be something special to keep pace with the film. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2000 by Ben hayden
5.0 out of 5 stars A Joy to listen to.
This is definately an unexpected joy, it is fun from start to finish. The Score in Chicken Run is beautifully composed all the way through. Read more
Published on July 13 2000 by N. Schoenfeld
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like music to a play without words...LISTEN
You would never expect a movie about plasticine chickens to be moving, or exciting, or anything but a happy farce. Read more
Published on July 13 2000 by Cat
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