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Comments about the soundtrack for The Land Before Time (James Horner)
Classical Inspiration?

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Classical Inspiration?   Thursday, October 23, 2008 (11:18 p.m.) 
• Now Playing: Peter and the Wolf  

Anyone else think this soundtrack sounds INCREDIBLY similar to Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf." Not only is a lot of the instrumentation similar, but there is one part in "The Rescue & Discovery of the Great Valley" that is totally ripped off a Wolf theme from "P & W." Crazy shiz, man.


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Re: Classical Inspiration?   Saturday, November 1, 2008 (12:51 p.m.) 
• Now Playing: Puccini - Act I of Tosca  

> Anyone else think this soundtrack sounds INCREDIBLY similar to Prokofiev's
> "Peter and the Wolf." Not only is a lot of the instrumentation
> similar, but there is one part in "The Rescue & Discovery of the
> Great Valley" that is totally ripped off a Wolf theme from "P
> & W." Crazy shiz, man.

The whole score borrows heavily and even steals from Prokofiev. If you're familiar with Prokofiev's 'October' cantata or can obtain a copy, listen to the movement called 'Victory' and you'll hear virtually note-for-note one of the most extended themes in Land Before Time.

Not that i'm bothered - I love the film and I love Prokofiev so it actually makes me happier to credit him with the score.



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Ben
Re: Classical Inspiration?   Saturday, January 9, 2010 (1:12 p.m.) 
• Now Playing: October Cantata  

You're absoluetely right. James Horner really stole from Prokofiev. It makes me sick how uncreative and audacious a person of his reputation can be. At least he could have mentioned his "inspiration" in the liner notes of the score.

If you don't believe this, listen for you self:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHBz_2x_SVc
(the theme stars at 0:50)



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Re: Classical Inspiration?   Wednesday, September 29, 2010 (4:28 p.m.) 

> Anyone else think this soundtrack sounds INCREDIBLY similar to Prokofiev's
> "Peter and the Wolf." Not only is a lot of the instrumentation
> similar, but there is one part in "The Rescue & Discovery of the
> Great Valley" that is totally ripped off a Wolf theme from "P
> & W." Crazy shiz, man.

Although I'm very "anti-Horner", I think there is actually a valid reason for his selection. That part in the movie when they are luring sharptooth in a trap MIRRORS the characters in Peter and the Wolf. Little foot is peter (who comes up with the plan), Spike is the cat, Ducky is the duck, Petrie is the bird, and T-Rex is the wolf.

There are technical differences; the bird/Petrie is the one that is suppose to lure T-Rex into the water (not Duckie). As for Sarah, I guess they left out Sarah because she was not present during the planning of the operation.

As for the October Cantata rip (the track is called Victory), I can't justify any artistic reason for choosing that...



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