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The Croods
(2013)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
William Ross
John Ashton Thomas
Mark Graham
Victor Pesavento

Co-Produced by:
David Bifano
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(March 26th, 2013)
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Regular U.S. release, but the CD version was primarily distributed in Europe, requiring Americans to pay higher import prices.
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Buy it... if you appreciate well-executed orchestral children's scores, this entry reaffirming Alan Silvestri's capabilities in the genre with better than average themes, orchestrations, and general personality.

Avoid it... if not even some grandiose, majestic interludes for choir and a few amusing references to Silvestri's own classic Predator score can justify what otherwise will sound like a generic and anonymous extension of genre norms.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,384
WRITTEN 5/23/13
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The Croods: (Alan Silvestri) At a time when original ideas are in short supply in Hollywood, Dreamworks hit all the right notes with its 2013 animated children's film, The Croods. Directors Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders were greeted by positive reviews and surprisingly robust grosses for the project, earning the concept an immediate television spin-off and feature sequel. The story of The Croods, written in part by famed British humorist John Cleese, tells of a family of Neanderthal Cavemen going about their daily lives in pre-historic times but battling through experiences that have many parallels to modern life, including a significant amount of interpersonal familial drama. When a more intelligent Cro-Magnon boy disrupts the family with his inventions (including fire, shoes, and other essentials), gaining the attention of a daughter who yearns for a more exciting lifestyle, an overly protective father steps in to reassert his conservative viewpoints. Funny, inventive sequences and strange, mostly silly creatures abound in The Croods, the film aiming for an innocuous set of basic moral lessons that will satisfy children and leave adults watching the clock. One thing that can be said about the prior projects of DeMicco and Sanders is a tendency for their finished products to feature better than average children's music. For DeMicco, these films included Quest for Camelot and Racing Stripes, and for Sanders, his successes have been highlighted by Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and How to Train Your Dragon. For The Croods, the production team turned to veteran composer Alan Silvestri, who had collaborated with Sanders on Lilo & Stitch and had written decent, if not occasionally strong animation music for that, The Wild, and The Polar Express, among others. While the composer will likely always been remembered for his intense action and thoughtful dramatic modes, his capabilities in animation have often gone overlooked. His workmanlike efforts for the genre may not have yielded any classics to the degree that John Powell transcended with How to Train Your Dragon, but Silvestri is certainly capable of writing serviceable, entertaining scores in these circumstances. In the case of The Croods, he does just that, executing a fun, carefree, large-scale orchestral score that is appealing in nearly all of its parts while never really blazing through new stylistic territory in the genre. The right ingredients are all applied by Silvestri in this work, the orchestra joined by specialty contributors to lend genre-bending infusions of character, a tasteful and limited touch of choral majesty layered at the right moments, and electronic embellishments held to a minimum.

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Review at Movie Wave
Southall - May 30, 2013, at 12:53 p.m.
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The Mickey-Mousing is restrained??
Edmund Meinerts - May 24, 2013, at 1:25 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 70:35
• 1. Shine Your Way - performed by Owl City and Yuna (3:25)
• 2. Prologue (2:08)
• 3. Smash and Grab (4:09)
• 4. Bear Owl Escape (2:45)
• 5. Eep and the Warthog (3:52)
• 6. Teaching Fire to Tiger Girl (1:55)
• 7. Exploring New Dangers (3:33)
• 8. Piranhakeets (2:24)
• 9. Fire and Corn (2:06)
• 10. Turkey Fish Follies (4:17)
• 11. Going Guy's Way (3:15)
• 12. Story Time (3:55)
• 13. Family Maze (3:21)
• 14. Star Canopy (2:07)
• 15. Grug Flips His Lid (1:44)
• 16. Planet Collapse (1:44)
• 17. We'll Die If We Stay Here (5:28)
• 18. Cave Painting (1:12)
• 19. Big Idea (2:34)
• 20. Epilogue (4:25)
• 21. Cave Painting Theme (2:52)
• 22. The Croods' Family Theme (5:54)
• 23. Cantina Croods (1:12)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes lyrics for the song but no extra information about the score or film.
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