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.