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Dinotopia
(2002)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Geoffrey Alexander

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes
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Promotional release, only found in select specialty outlets and used-CD vendors. Very difficult to find.
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Buy it... if you appreciate Trevor Jones' ability to consistently write lush, harmonic material of dynamic character for a robust orchestral environment.

Avoid it... if you prefer Jones' title themes to be blatantly bold and brassy, and would therefore be less enthusiastic about his inspirational, string-dominated side.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #979
WRITTEN 10/7/03, REVISED 3/3/09
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Dinotopia: (Trevor Jones) Based on the best-selling books by author and illustrator James Gurney, the six-hour miniseries of Dinotopia debuted on the ABC network in the United States in 2002. It is the epic story of a lost continent where dinosaurs and humans live together in an almost-utopian world, their diverse culture dealing with many of the same issues as our more familiar humans-only society. Two brothers crash their modern-day plane on the island while lost in the Caribbean and are thrown into this human and dinosaur culture where they attempt to make a life for themselves. The adventures of the young men lead them through daring chases, outlandish discoveries, and, of course, affection for the local women. The series, while not the best to come from Hallmark Entertainment, was acclaimed for its blend of spectacular art direction and dazzling visual effects, bringing a Middle-Earth type of environment to life in the form of gorgeous architectural concepts. Composer Trevor Jones was first known for his fantasy and adventure scores, beginning his career with the cult classics of Excalibur and The Dark Crystal. He had stepped away from such films for many years, claiming that he had expended all of his musical ideas for that genre at that time. He began to return to fantasy in the middle and late 1990's, when he accepted several adventurous television scoring assignments, including the popular Merlin in 1998. Jones spent the decade turning down mainstream feature film assignments (including First Knight in 1995) and focused his attention on his instruction at the university level and a wealth of lesser-known television scores. In these regards, Dinotopia is a very typical production through which Jones could lend his musical talents, for it offered him the chance to soar with one of his sweeping, trademark themes while also writing quality music just below the mainstream radar. The six hour length of Dinotopia would require Jones to compose a considerable amount of orchestral material, which, as usual for the composer, was performed with splendor by the London Symphony Orchestra. While it is tempting to zero in on the immense highlights that Jones' scores usually contain, the quality of the composer's music is strong throughout the entire production of Dinotopia, overwhelming not only in its high points but also in the scope that it maintains throughout its immense length.

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Christian Kühn - December 3, 2006, at 11:48 p.m.
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Newest: March 15, 2009, at 5:08 p.m.by Felix Milbrecht
some excellent themes *NM*
Jeroen - August 27, 2006, at 6:56 a.m.
1 comment  (1481 views)
Relaxing and well-composed
Sheridan - August 21, 2006, at 12:32 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 61:17
• 1. Dinotopia Main Theme (3:29)
• 2. Chandara Bus Station (3:00)
• 3. T-Rex Attacks (6:02)
• 4. The Codes of Dinotopia (4:13)
• 5. Swampland Mosasaurs (3:13)
• 6. Waterfall City (6:15)
• 7. The World Beneath (7:57)
• 8. Pteranodons (5:31)
• 9. Academy for Young Mammals (6:00)
• 10. Letter from Matriarch (7:28)
• 11. The Skybax Dawn Flight (3:42)
• 12. Ceremony of the Sunstones (4:24)

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The insert includes a synopsis of the film's plot, but no extra information about the score.
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