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Dolphin Tale
(2011)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
James Shearman

Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Peter Boyer
Andrew Kinney

Additional Music by:
Cindy O'Connor
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 11th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you long ago lost your patience for Mark Isham's seemingly endless supply of moody synthetic droning, the opposite of which is the brightly optimistic, mostly organic tone of Dolphin Tale.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear more than just a shadow of Isham's classics in this genre of film, Fly Away Home and Racing Stripes, in the pleasantly wholesome but comparatively tame narrative of this score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,536
WRITTEN 10/6/11
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Dolphin Tale: (Mark Isham) Entertainment doesn't get much more wholesome than the family fluff packaged in 2011's Dolphin Tale, a film inspired by a real-life experiment to fit an injured dolphin with a prosthetic tail. When the animal was discovered off the coast of Florida, its tail had been mangled in a crab trap, and a group of veterinarians and employees of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium took the dolphin, then named Winter, into their care. With the assistance of a scientist who designed the prosthetic tail, Winter eventually regains the ability to swim. For the purposes of the cinematic adaptation of the story, several plot elements were embellished or altered for dramatic purposes, most obviously including children into the plotline when none existed as integral to the actual events. The film also came under some minor heat for casting Morgan Freeman in role of the scientist, who in real life is not black. Still, the project was hailed as a tremendous success by Christian groups because of its friendly PG-rated personality, and it's hard to knock any project in the 2010's that tosses Kris Kristofferson onto the screen. Critics agreed, and the movie recouped its production budget after only two weeks in the theatres. Handling the composing duties for actor-turned-director Charles Martin Smith is Mark Isham, whose career is not littered with too many projects that anyone could misconstrue into being "wholesome." Known primarily for his introspective dramatic and electronically grating horror music, Isham has delved into the children's genre at times in the past, though, often with great success. It's refreshing to see the composer return to this style of writing, especially after his rather predictable and often substandard approaches to The Crazies and The Mechanic just prior. Film music collectors will recall that arguably his two top career achievements remain Fly Away Home in 1996 and Racing Stripes in 2005, both projects aimed at children and involving wayward animals. While Dolphin Tale does not compete favorably with those two prior efforts in direct comparisons (both of which contain a fair amount of five-star material), it does reach for the same emotional appeal through orchestrally tonal innocence. Isham leaves behind the moody half of his array of synthesizers for all but the most mild faux-choral ambience for the darker moments of Dolphin Tale, instead writing a chipper, organic series of light-hearted cues that flourish into ensemble crescendos of joy when necessary.



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Average: 2.89 Stars
***** 20 5 Stars
**** 33 4 Stars
*** 39 3 Stars
** 31 2 Stars
* 29 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:03
• 1. Dolphin Dance (3:00)
• 2. Gift From Kyle (2:05)
• 3. Finding Winter (3:46)
• 4. Aquarium (1:38)
• 5. Rufus (0:57)
• 6. I'm Hazel (1:36)
• 7. Winter Swims (2:28)
• 8. Never Calls (1:19)
• 9. News About Kyle (1:43)
• 10. Chumash Story (1:50)
• 11. Sawyer and Winter (4:28)
• 12. Putting on the Tail (2:33)
• 13. The Coming Storm (4:31)
• 14. The Little Girl (1:50)
• 15. Clay Changes His Mind (1:14)
• 16. Winter's a News Story (1:33)
• 17. Winter Tries Another Tail (4:07)
• 18. The New Tail (2:25)
• 19. Family is Forever (0:56)
• 20. Swim (2:40)
• 21. Dolphin Tale End Credits (5:06)

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