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Chicken Run Soundtrack
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|1. Opening Escape|
|2. Main Titles|
|3. The Evil Mrs. Tweedy|
|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|
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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I do not ususally write reviews on Amazon, but anyone who likes soundtrack scores should know about this CD. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2004 by Movie&FilmScoreFan
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 morePublished on Jan. 16 2004
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
This was my favorite soundtract.I listened to it every day for 10 weeks after i got it.Published on Nov. 5 2000
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 morePublished on Sept. 25 2000 by Matthew Russell
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 morePublished on Aug. 5 2000 by Haley Anne
A movie that is so original and funny and intelligent the score needs to be something special to keep pace with the film. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2000 by Ben hayden
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 morePublished on July 13 2000 by N. Schoenfeld