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Bubble Boy
(2001)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Damon Intrabartolo

Album Co-Produced by:
Casey Stone
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(September 11th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate the sense of instrumental and stylistic creativity that John Ottman often brought to undeserving projects early in his career, regardless of how cute and stupid they may be.

Avoid it... if you're either looking for any of the songs placed at the forefront in the film or have a general allergic reaction to exuberant parody scores.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #822
WRITTEN 10/9/01, REVISED 2/10/09
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Bubble Boy: (John Ottman) Brought back into mainstream pop culture vocabulary by a classic episode of the television show "Seinfeld," the concept of the "bubble boy" was a source of much amusement for the segment of the population not afraid of being politically incorrect. The film Bubble Boy, comically portraying the teenage (coming of age) years of such a bubble person, was an immediate critical disaster, making one wonder once again why films like this are even attempted. The most publicity for the project came, ironically, when the film was boycotted and blacklisted by the "bubble people" of America (there's probably a politically correct euphemism for their unfortunate kind, but honestly... who cares?). By speaking out against the film's obviously poor portrayal of teenage life for a bubble boy, they caused the film to actually gain more attention than it likely should have received, thus defeating the point of the boycott. The score for Bubble Boy was a task for John Ottman, who had to share the film's soundtrack with numerous overshadowing songs. Some of Ottman's rough synthetic demo renderings for certain scenes would eventually be replaced by songs as well. Even so, over a half an hour of his material was prominently featured in the comedy, and it's strong evidence of Ottman's ability to toy around effectively at the periphery of the parody genre. Ten years prior, this would have been a stereotypical Danny Elfman project, with a calling for the blending of countless genres of music and a perky comedy edge to boot. As a matter of fact, one other film music reviewer referred to Bubble Boy as "Ottman does Elfman again." Yet another fellow writer, though, reminded us that Ottman's talents are advertised as a blending of Elfman and Jerry Goldsmith, and the style of the latter very easily be heard in Bubble Boy. The combination of orchestral and synthetic in this score, especially in the hopelessly cute cues, does hail back to The 'Burbs, while the handling of the orchestral in its various genres is similar in many ways to Elfman works like Flubber. This score proves that, in certain circumstances, "Ottman does Elfman" better than Elfman could do it himself at the time.



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434 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.74 Stars
***** 61 5 Stars
**** 70 4 Stars
*** 103 3 Stars
** 97 2 Stars
* 103 1 Stars
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - May 30, 2007, at 7:34 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 39:50
• 1. Birth of Bubble Boy (3:03)
• 2. Phreaks! (4:07)
• 3. Heartbroken (1:00)
• 4. End of the Ride (0:32)
• 5. Girl Next Door (1:29)
• 6. Jimmy's Adventure (2:52)
• 7. Bus Stop (1:37)
• 8. Growing Up (2:50)
• 9. The Clouds/Riding with Push Pop (2:07)
• 10. Chloe Explores (1:13)
• 11. Dumped/The Chosen One (1:04)
• 12. Jimmy Escapes (Rocky) (1:26)
• 13. Rejections (0:56)
• 14. Next Stop (1:25)
• 15. Potty Mouth (0:54)
• 16. A Father's Love (2:09)
• 17. Cows and Ice Cream (1:48)
• 18. Phreaks to the Rescue (1:38)
• 19. Daydream (1:16)
• 20. Reunion (3:18)

Bonus Tracks:
• 21. Jimmy Escapes (1:58)
• 22. Falling Star (0:37)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a list of performers in the Hollywood Studio Symphony and some advertisements for other Ottman music from the label, but no extra information about the score or film.
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