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The Cat in the Hat
(2003)
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Score Composed and Conducted by:

Score Orchestrated by:
Greg Jamrok
Andrew Kinney

Songs Composed by:
Marc Shaiman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(November 18th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you consistently appreciate the fast-paced, slapstick nature of David Newman's usual style of children's score writing, or if you seek the musical numbers from the film.

Avoid it... if the highly predictable orchestral writing for this genre becomes redundant quickly for you, for this score has no truly unique instrumentation or thematic development.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #371
WRITTEN 11/8/03, REVISED 3/13/09
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The Cat in the Hat: (David Newman/Marc Shaiman) After the success of Universal's film adaptation of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 2000, the studio added Seuss-related attractions to its theme parks and promised a series of live action films that would bring more of Theodor Seuss Geisel's children's fantasy books to life. The second such adaptation was The Cat in the Hat, the 1957 story about a mischievous feline in a hat visiting two bored kids home alone on a rainy day. The book remains one of the top selling hardcover children's books of all time, and yet, anyone familiar with the story of The Cat in the Hat could easily wonder how the short story could occupy an entire film. Leave it up to studios to flesh out these stories with questionable filler material, however, and much liberty has been taken in expanding the scope and characters of the story. With Mike Myers acting in the same effective make-up that the Grinch required in the previous film, The Cat in the Hat has a sort of Tim Burton splash of coloration and wacky set design. Unfortunately, the promise of a lengthy franchise of Dr. Seuss films with Myers was broken after this 2003 entry for a variety of factors. Gone from the series was James Horner, and for the music for this rainy day adventure, children's film veteran David Newman wrote a score opposite a few song contributions by score and song-writer Marc Shaiman. Newman could easily share the distinction of genre leader with John Debney as a member of the prolific tandem that scored the mass majority of major studio children's films of this era. In the 2000's, Newman had been involved in Ice Age and Scooby-Doo, but unlike Debney, whose music often finds CD shelves in either commercial or promotional format, Newman's breakneck speed of output makes his scores a rare find in any format. But in similar fashion to Debney's styles for the genre, these Newman scores do begin to really sound alike after a while. All of these scores are orchestrally rooted and instrumentally creative, paying tribute to Carl Stalling and Raymond Scott's music of Warner Brothers cartoons from yesteryear, and yet they don't often distinguish themselves from project to project.



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Average: 2.71 Stars
***** 77 5 Stars
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* 130 1 Stars
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Eliyah - December 25, 2008, at 1:13 a.m.
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too bad
Jimmy345 - May 2, 2007, at 6:05 a.m.
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The Cat in the Hat - Sick and perverted music/film   Expand >>
Teacher - April 18, 2004, at 3:33 a.m.
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'Teaser' Trailer Music...   Expand >>
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Somethings in this life never change...
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 49:02
1. Main Title - The Kids (8:07)
2. Getting Better - performed by Smash Mouth (2:24)
3. The Cat (3:50)
4. Two Things/Couch Jumping/Leaky Crate (5:16)
5. Military Academy Seduction (3:02)
6. Mrs. Kwan - Mom Leaves (2:12)
7. Surfer Cat - The Phunometer (2:23)
8. Fun, Fun, Fun - composed by Marc Shaiman/performed by Mike Myers (2:38)
9. The Contract (1:53)
10. Oven Explodes - Clean Up This Mess (1:36)
11. Things Wreck the House (2:52)
12. Larry the Slob (3:10)
13. Birthday Party (2:11)
14. S.L.O.W. Drive (2:32)
15. Rescuing Nevens (4:27)
16. Clean Up - composed by Marc Shaiman/performed by Mike Myers (0:22)

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