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Around the World in 80 Days
(2004)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Programmed, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Geoffrey Alexander

Performed by:
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Walt Disney Records
(June 15th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're content with derivative but effective music for a children's adventure story that is highlighted by several short moments of Trevor Jones magic in the ethnic areas.

Avoid it... if the ten to fifteen minutes of stylish and intriguing Jones score for specialty ethnic instruments cannot transcend the lackluster songs and remainder of bombastically tiresome orchestral music.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #479
WRITTEN 6/16/04, REVISED 10/7/11
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Around the World in 80 Days: (Trevor Jones) Chalk up yet another remake in the "Why Bother?" column. Jules Verne's adventure novel is about late 19th century inventor Phileas Fogg and his companion Passepartout, who, to win a bet with the top of the Royal Academy, circumnavigate the globe in 80 days by using trains, boats, balloons, and elephants. The story of Around the World in 80 Days was adapted to the big screen in a 1956 classic that performed very well at that year's Academy Awards, and yet, in an effort to disgrace that film's legacy, Disney decided in 2004 to remake the story into a slapstick comedy starring aging kung-fu master Jackie Chan. Aside from the basic problem regarding the mere existence of this film, the nonstop, smugly silly punches and clumsy moves by the 50-year-old Chan contributed to laughing audiences and disgruntled critics. Cameo appearances by John Cleese, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider, Jim Broadbent, and Arnold Schwarzenegger (in his final role before politics lured him from Hollywood) steal the show from a relative unknown (Steve Coogan) in the role of Fogg. By mutating Verne's story into a kung-fu style of ridiculous comedy, Disney completely altered the focus of the film, thus changing the approach that composer Trevor Jones would have to take with the score for the new Around the World in 80 Days. Teaching world music at the university level and often recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, Jones was nothing less than a brilliant choice for the composing duties of this film, regardless of its merits. The sustained quality of Jones' action writing continued to improve as his career matured, and he always has the capability of producing simple, but memorable themes for his scores. He reluctantly dropped out of scoring I, Robot to devote his sole attention to Around the World in 80 Days, and if this version of the tale had been as intelligent and as long as the original 1956 film (clocking in at 3 hours), then Jones could have been presented with the most diverse and interesting scoring assignment of his career. Unfortunately for the composer's collectors, Jones refused blockbuster assignments for the remainder of the 2000's, contenting himself instead with small projects of personal interest to him.

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Reasonably enjoyable score ***1/2 out of ***** NM* *NM*
Kevin Smith - September 22, 2009, at 6:58 p.m.
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The Hulk & Pirates of the Carbbean in track 10.   Expand >>
Levente Benedek - May 10, 2005, at 12:35 p.m.
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Alternate review of Around the World in 80 Days at Movie Music UK
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 58:11
• 1. All Over the World (Join the Celebration) - performed by Dave Stewart and the Sylvia Young Theater School Choir (3:12)
• 2. River of Dreams - performed by Tina Sugandh (3:31)
• 3. It's a Small World - performed by Baha Men (2:44)
• 4. Around the World Overture (5:20)
• 5. Jetback Journey (2:19)
• 6. The Wager (5:03)
• 7. Rendezvous in Paris (3:51)
• 8. The Balloon Chase (4:49)
• 9. 1st Class Waltz (2:07)
• 10. Prince Hapi Escape (3:11)
• 11. Agra to China (6:42)
• 12. Return of the Jade Buddha (3:38)
• 13. Lost in America (5:09)
• 14. Dismantling Carmen (1:45)
• 15. "Exactly Like My Dream" (4:45)

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