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Fierce Creatures
(1997)
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Varèse Sarabande
(January 14th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print.
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Buy it... if you're prepared to hear a zany side of Jerry Goldsmith's small scale comedy writing rarely employed with such zeal by the composer during the 1990's.

Avoid it... if you expect any continuity whatsoever with John Du Prez's superior and more explosively wild score for A Fish Called Wanda.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #949
WRITTEN 12/13/96, REVISED 8/21/08
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Fierce Creatures: (Jerry Goldsmith) When it was announced that a pseudo-sequel to the modern legend A Fish Called Wanda would be made by the exact same starring and supporting cast, the peasants of the world rejoiced. John Cleese's writing talents are among the best in the world, and both critical and fan response to the first film were overwhelming. With A Fish Called Wanda gaining more cult status with each passing year, Cleese created Fierce Creatures, a film that presents the original actors in nearly identical roles with equally bizarre character flaws. Unfortunately, Cleese's story wasn't as sharp as that of the original, and the sequel slipped into relative obscurity while the original continues to impress. The composer of the first film's score, John Du Prez, had been associated with Cleese since the Monty Python days, and had a knack for scoring dumb, if not cultish comedy films that resulted from that troop's endeavors. Du Prez had provided a perfect musical fit for the earlier film, with snazzy urban rhythms yielding occasionally to cello solos for short scenes of drama and remorse (and one phenomenal orchestral cue for a memorable sex scene). As with A Fish Called Wanda, Cleese and the other producers preferred to keep the playing time of music in the film to a minimum, allowing the cunning dialogue to rightfully hog all of the attention. The same philosophy applies to Fierce Creatures, and Du Prez was originally hired to reprise the thematic feel of the first film. With visions of grandeur and a bit of money to spare, the producers replaced Du Prez with composing legend Jerry Goldsmith, who was more than eager to take a slice from the A Fish Called Wanda pie. Even so, Goldsmith's music had to be minimal in ensemble size and only be featured in about twenty minutes of the final cut. Despite that short running time for the film edit, Goldsmith enthusiastically recorded half an hour of music, all of which appearing on album. Some material was arranged and recorded by Goldsmith specifically to round out that product.



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Fun little score
Fernando Giménez Moreno - July 22, 2004, at 7:54 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 29:21
• 1. Willa's Theme (2:10)
• 2. First Day (1:17)
• 3. Chores (2:17)
• 4. To the Zoo (2:07)
• 5. The Funeral (2:33)
• 6. Trained Seals (1:55)
• 7. Under Control (2:30)
• 8. Contact (1:27)
• 9. A Good Idea (2:13)
• 10. The Grave (2:04)
• 11. A Long Story (2:25)
• 12. You're Fired (2:07)
• 13. End Credits (3:34)

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The packaging contains very little information about the score; credits are limited.
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