Posted by: Will Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at 6:20 a.m. IP Address: russian-2.stetson.edu
Just wanted to point out two things, Christian:
You say: "There is a 20's-style jazz theme that opens and closes the film and could be considered the likable heart of a grumpy old man."
Is this not the theme for Muntz, used both in the news reel and later as a dark, villainous danger theme? I'm pretty certain it is...
Also, you dismiss Russell's theme as material for both Russell and Kevin relegated to lounge versions of Ellie's theme. Even if it's based on Ellie's theme in some way, I'd argue it as a very separate identity and there are other notable variations in the film beyond the loungish ones. The most notable is indeed missing from the album - that being Russel's introduction at Carl's door. But there's a quasi-heroic variation of the theme at the start of "The Small Mailman Returns" that, I feel, solidifies the theme as having an identity of its own. The lounge versions are found in "Kevin Beak'n" and the End Credits suite.
Beyond that, great review and I'm thrilled you've finally had time to review the album. If only they'd release a CD someday