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Epic
(2013)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
David Slonaker
Peter Bateman

Additional Music and Arrangements by:
Paul Mounsey
T.J. Lindgren
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Sony Classical
(May 28th, 2013)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if Danny Elfman's music for the just previous Oz the Great and Powerful wasn't enough for you, this feel-good environmental entry overflowing with even more affable Elfman mannerisms.

Avoid it... if you have no tolerance for hearing Irish elements at the forefront of this score's main theme and rather seek original avenues of stylistic exploration from a composer staying very true to form in this effort.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,096
WRITTEN 6/14/13
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Epic: (Danny Elfman) Shameless environmental propaganda masquerading as an animated children's film? From Hollywood? Yes! The idea is not original, of course, with FernGully: The Last Rainforest the most famous (and ridiculed) of such leftist endeavors to ensure a younger generation friendly to conservation interests. The similarly themed movie Epic, once on the verge of being a Pixar entry, was released by Fox to capture the children's market during the early summer, 2013 season, enjoying a decent return while boring parents and indoctrinating children into an environmentally conscious state. The filmmakers of Epic started with the premise of William Joyce's "The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs" but, claiming not enough action to sustain young minds, added a war to the plot that pits good, tiny humanoid creatures against nasty ones that are, unknown to most of us, battling it out in the forest. The protagonists, the "Leafmen," fend off "Boggans," the latter using their weapons to kill off all living things. A real human girl living nearby the forest is shrunk in size to join the battle and find a boyfriend in the unlikeliest of places, and her eccentric scientist father inevitably gets involved as well. All you need to know about this movie is that there are cute, talking snails and glowworms in it. Appealing to Danny Elfman's sensibilities, Epic features another score from the veteran composer that ventures towards the fantasy realm that dominated his early career. After Alice in Wonderland, Oz the Great and Powerful, and Frankenweenie, the sound of Epic will no longer come as a surprise to listeners who only became familiar with Elfman's music after he had departed his famed fantasy period of the early 1990's. Strangely, this energetic fantasy material, especially that which is brightly optimistic for the charming portion of children's realm, has suddenly become abundant from him, presenting a wealth of satisfying music but also opening doors for claims of redundancy and anonymity. The Elfman style for Epic is largely retained from the previous projects (there is never a doubt as to the composer of this music), but the ensemble's emphasis on an Irish tilt at least keeps the music refreshing when compared to previous, similar efforts by the composer. A light choir and acoustic guitar join the standard tones of Elfman's orchestral ensemble, with a significant and logical emphasis on woodwinds for this tale. Expect cooing choral sequences and upbeat Irish rhythms to hit all the right chords for this innocuous, feel good atmosphere.



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Average: 3.37 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 52:25
• 1. Leafmen (1:17)
• 2. Pursuit (2:40)
• 3. Tara's Chamber (3:03)
• 4. Meet Dad (0:34)
• 5. Moonhaven Parade (1:27)
• 6. Alarms (0:41)
• 7. The Selection (2:13)
• 8. Ambush (4:17)
• 9. Tara's Gift (2:05)
• 10. Small (2:29)
• 11. Girl Meets Boy (3:24)
• 12. Rings of Knowledge (2:35)
• 13. Antlers (2:10)
• 14. Kidnapped (0:54)
• 15. In the House (3:39)
• 16. Many Leaves (1:54)
• 17. Escape (4:45)
• 18. False Start (3:07)
• 19. Epic Final Confrontation (3:19)
• 20. Return (4:18)
• 21. Epic Finale (1:34)

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