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Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! Soundtrack


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1. Fall From Tree (1:06)
2. Cave Of Destiny (:32)
3. Jungle Of Nool (:47)
4. Horton Takes A Luxurious Bath (1:42)
5. Enter The Kangaroo (1:13)
6. Banana Wars (1:03)
7. Saved (2:22)
8. Into Whoville / Breakfast With The Mayor (3:04)
9. Club Nool (1:41)
10. The Town Council (1:13)
11. Hello (2:17)
12. Dr. Larue (1:17)
13. The Quest (retrieved from the composer's 8-track archives) (1:36)
14. The Bridge Work (2:29)
15. Horton Dance! (:24)
16. Handle With Care (1:21)
17. Bedtime (1:56)
18. Snow Day (1:18)
19. Morton Tells Of The Kangaroo's Duplicity (2:30)
20. Vlad Attack (1:54)
See all 34 tracks on this disc

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Music by John Powell. The makers of Ice Age, and comedy giants Jim Carrey and Steve Carell, bring to life Dr. Seuss' beloved Horton Hears a Who. An imaginative elephant named Horton (Carrey) hears a faint cry for help coming from a tiny speck of dust floating through the air. Although Horton doesn't know it yet, that speck houses an entire city named Who-ville, inhabited by the microscopic Whos, led by the Mayor (Carell). Despite being ridiculed and threatened by his neighbors who think he has lost his mind, Horton is determined to save the particle...because "a person's a person no matter how small."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
One Of John Powell's Greatest Achievements March 26 2008
By Kaya Savas - Published on Amazon.com
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John Powell has always had a unique style and sound ever since his days of starting out under the guidance of Hans Zimmer. He is now one of the best composers working in the industry and IS the best animation composer working today. His impressive resume of animation films include movies like Antz, Chicken Run, Shrek and more recently Ice Age: The Meltdown and the breathtaking Happy Feet. By being able to diversify himself within genres of music he is able to bring bits and pieces to the table every time. I definitely heard some cues that reminded me of his score to X-Men: The Last Stand. Towards the end, especially in the "Horton Suite" you will hear some Spanish themed music especially with horns, which of course is a specialty of his (Rat Race, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Road To El Dorado).

With Horton Hears A Who Powell again proves he is one of the greatest composers and not just in animation. Upon listening to this score you will notice how he is able to keep it light yet include tear inducing moments of swelling emotion. If I had to put a finger on it then this score would be a combination of Ice Age: The Meltdown and Happy Feet. He also incorporates some beautiful melodic themes that thrive on their simplicity. There are moments of sweeping strings backed up by that signature Powell percussion and peaking flutes. Towards the end of the score album the emotion arrives in grand swelling orchestrations and Powell incorporates a large chorus, which he usually does. Don't let the short track times ward you off. His animation scores are usually compiled of short tracks in high quantity. Most of the album is gapless meaning that there are no breaks between most tracks. For instance, the first 3 tracks are continuous and don't have breaks. So, it's grouped in that fashion.

All in all this score took me by surprise because I didn't expect such an amazing and full sound for a Dr. Seuss adaptation. If you're a Powell fan then this is a must buy. For people who don't know Powell then this is a great place to start because this score is truly 100% John Powell.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Horton Hears a Hit! April 16 2008
By gordonblu - Published on Amazon.com
Seuss has not been well served by Hollywood in the past. You know that and I know that so I'm not going to go into it; with the exception of the music.

Seuss books have a very odd tone to catch. They are inherently strange and wacky yet the characters don't realize that. To them this is life and as such there is inherent drama as well. That is not an easy tone to catch. James Horner veered uncomfortably between Titanic-type schmaltz and unsuccessful craziness for the Grinch. David Newman wrote some nice sentimental music for the Cat in the Hat but that got buried by crazy, over the top "catch the action" cartoony scoring.

Both of those films were live action, yet it is a cartoon that yields the best Seuss Music since the Classic Grinch holiday special(also a cartoon..hmmm).

John Powell has always been one of my favorites and I was excited to hear he was on this project (even though Jim Carrey was also involved).
I knew his music would be good. I didn't know it would be PERFECT!
He got it. He got the tone. He succeeded. Am I Surprised? Actually no, but I am Ecstatic!

The best cues on this album are hard to point out beacuse the entire album is a best cue, but here goes; The Mountain Chase(A wonderful nod to Ennio Morricone's "Ecstasy of Gold" from the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly),Into Whoville/Breakfast with the Mayor(A Good example of being both wacky and yet real), the enitre finale which covers tracks 26 through 31, the Horton suite, and last but certainly not least, Clover Field Search.
When I was little, this particular scene made me cry(in a good way) and when I heard this track all those feelings came flooding back and I was in tears yet again(Yes, I'm 28, Male, and not ashamed of crying). After hearing that cue the rest of the album could have stunk and I still would have given it a 5 star rating (thankfully the rest was just as good).

It is still early in the year and there are other scores and films coming out, but unless something really blows me out of the water I have to name this as the best album of the year! You Rock, Mr. Powell!
Amazing score, bravo! April 8 2010
By Gissel Escudero - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a John Powell fan since "Ice Age 2". And I must say, this score is simply BRILLIANT, and I'm kinda puzzled there aren't more reviews. I played it for my mother, who hasn't seen the movie yet, and she was also truly amazed by the musical richness of this soundtrack.

Let me say this first, it's a very weird score, but in a good sense. Funny and original. There are many layers of melody, and a lot of different instruments. And many strange sounds as well! like "boings" and "poings" which make me laugh. I discover something new every time I listen to this CD.

Sure, the tracks seem short, but most of the time they flow seamlessly. I think it's divided like this so you can know in what part of the movie you are exactly. The whole sequence from "We Are Here" till "JoJo Saves The Day" is beautiful and GLORIOUS. It makes me cry every time.

The only flaw, to me, is Track 13. It only lasts 1:36, but it doesn't sound like the rest of the sountrack. It isn't bad, just feels out of place and a bit noisy.

I don't care about the missing song.

4.9/5 stars.
Wild and unique... May 13 2010
By Betty L. Wilkins - Published on Amazon.com
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John Powell came as something of a surprise. I first heard his compositions in Ice Age 2 and really enjoyed the music. When I heard this, I was hooked as he has a unique take on the latin beat. I love sound track music and there are some artists that are my favorites. I'm glad he's on that list.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Horton Hears A Very Good Soundtrack May 7 2008
By Andrew Kutz - Published on Amazon.com
I've never been a huge fan of John Powell, but this score is very enjoyable. It's style is very unique, with an almost Spanish feel to it. (Quick guitar and blaring brass)

Despite the fact that it was composed for a G-rated children's movie, the final couple of songs are quite epic, progressing from dire , to frantic, and finally triumphant.

My personal favorites are "Clover Field Chase," "The Quest," and "We Are Here."

A nice addition to a collection of respectable film scores.


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