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Coraline
(2009)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Bruno Coulais

Performed by:
The Budapest Symphony Orchestra

The Children's Choir of Nice
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Koch Records
(February 10th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek a technically impressive, off-kilter collection of sounds that defies categorization in its bizarre rhythmic, vocal, and instrumental applications.

Avoid it... if you expect this fascinating study in creativity to exhibit any sense of warmth or effectively lure you with its few moments of melodic statements or deep, gothic power.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #973
WRITTEN 3/19/09
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Coraline: (Bruno Coulais) Rarely do animated features appeal to audiences as efficiently as they do for youngsters, but Coraline was clearly aimed as such a crossover. Director Henry Selick, having brought Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas to life and always in search of another twisted tale for the stop-motion variety of animation, adapted Neil Gaiman's book into a highly anticipated early 2009 venture designed to function for both 2-D and 3-D audiences. The story of Coraline, as well as its dark and occasionally intense rendering, resulted in a PG rating, masquerading elements of the horror genre in the children's realm. A quirky young girl (with her fair share of personality detriments) and her parents move into an ancient Oregon mansion that includes a hidden portal to another world. Distanced by her parents (both writers), she explores this alternate reality that at first seems wondrous and fantastic before eventually exposing its dangerous secrets. The film lures you with its extremely unconventional production values, led by Selick's distinctive visuals, and to accompany this striking look, French composer Bruno Coulais provides an appropriately bizarre score in his first Hollywood collaboration. It's the kind of assignment that one would expect to see land on the lap of Danny Elfman, and, in many ways, the crazy instrumental creativity employed by Coulais for Coraline will remind listeners of Elfman's early music more than any other source. Otherwise, however, this score is truly the kind of endeavor that defies categorization. It takes elements of Coulais' own career, from drama to documentaries, and combines them with highly mutilated pieces of Carl Stalling's Warner Brothers action, Thomas Newman's plucky, off-kilter rhythms, and snippets of gothic wonder that are faintly reminiscent of John Barry's The Lion in Winter and Jerry Goldsmith's vintage horror material. The composer had certainly proven his versatility throughout the 2000's, lending a unique voice to several European productions that did manage to gain him an earned Oscar nomination for his primary song from the lovely Les Choristes.



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Average: 3.3 Stars
***** 147 5 Stars
**** 136 4 Stars
*** 130 3 Stars
** 108 2 Stars
* 70 1 Stars
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Complete Score - original cue names
FunnyML - December 30, 2009, at 5:35 p.m.
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Chronological order of tracks?   Expand >>
Joel - March 22, 2009, at 2:41 p.m.
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end credits.
David Lounsberry - March 22, 2009, at 10:43 a.m.
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This album is a trip
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 59:41
• 1. End Credits (1:54)
• 2. Dreaming (2:20)
• 3. Installation (2:28)
• 4. Wybie (2:07)
• 5. Exploration (2:01)
• 6. Other Father Song* (0:28)
• 7. The Supper (1:31)
• 8. Bobinsky (2:23)
• 9. Fantastic Garden (1:34)
• 10. Coraline Fly (0:24)
• 11. Trap for the Mices (1:34)
• 12. Mice Circus (1:27)
• 13. Dreams Are Dangerous (1:27)
• 14. Sirens of the Sea (1:38)
• 15. In the Bed (1:54)
• 16. Spink and Forcible (0:33)
• 17. It Was Fantastic (2:10)
• 18. Ghost Children (1:28)
• 19. Let's Go (1:09)
• 20. Playing Piano (2:48)
• 21. Wybie That Talks (2:09)
• 22. Cocobeetles (1:39)
• 23. Alone (0:52)
• 24. Dangerous (2:23)
• 25. Reunion (1:10)
• 26. Coraline Dispair (1:27)
• 27. The Theater (1:33)
• 28. The Famous Mister B (2:33)
• 29. You Know I Love You (4:27)
• 30. Mechanical Lulluby (2:24)
• 31. The Hand (3:14)
• 32. The Party (2:32)
* written by John Flansburgh and John Linnell, performed by They Might Be Giants

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The insert includes extensive credits, but no extra information about the score or film.
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