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Flubber
(1997)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Conducted by:
Artie Kane

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Mark McKenzie

Orchestrated by:
Conrad Pope
Edgardo Simone

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Produced by:
Steve Bartek

Co-Produced by:
Ellen Segal
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Disney Records
(November 11th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release, but completely out of print as of 2001.
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Buy it... if you are not daunted by the frenzied, wacky atmosphere of Danny Elfman's vivacious cartoon and comedy music, connecting Flubber to the composer's earliest, zany ventures of the 1980's.

Avoid it... if you'd prefer your sanity left intact and you have no need for wild mambo music with which to irritate nearby dwellers.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #279
WRITTEN 11/18/97, REVISED 2/26/08
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Flubber: (Danny Elfman) Disney's live action films if the 1990's, devoid of any refreshingly new ideas, were often based on the studio's hits from a previous generation. One such entry in 1997 was Flubber, a revision of 1961's The Absent-Minded Professor and its 1963 sequel. The material from the original film wasn't that strong to begin with, and a wretched script for Flubber stole what few laughs existed previously and ruined them with terrible rewrites, unnecessary displays of special effects, a cast that really didn't seem to care, and a score by Danny Elfman that tries far too hard to compensate for those shortcomings. With the energizing balls of green goo and Robin Williams in the lead, you wouldn't think that Flubber needed life support from Elfman, though the score would test the limits of Elfman's most zany writing, his creative crew, and the flair of mambo rhythms. The composer's scores at the time were exploring an awkward return to his wild mid-80's film and television music, both cartoonish and obscure, all the while maintaining hints of the tragedy from his classic scores of the early 90's and the electric instrumentation that immediately followed. Between Mars Attacks!, Men in Black, and Flubber, you hear significant similarities. This, the last of those three scores, would lack the cohesion that existed in the other two, wandering through three genres within the score with little to hold it together. The spirit and ambience of the ensemble is largely the same, however. A moderate orchestral ensemble is led by distinctive roles for piano, theremine, electric bass, saxophone, and trumpet, creating a sound largely indistinguishable from Men in Black in many cues. The mood of Flubber takes those similarities to Men in Black and infuses them with incessantly cute and hyperactive rhythms and motifs. In terms of themes, Flubber does have some fleeting ideas, but the score relies far more heavily on the general attitude of its three parts to identify with the various situations in the film. What themes do exist are often so wildly arranged and orchestrated that you'll have very little likelihood of humming them to yourself after the album is finished.



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886 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.66 Stars
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**** 123 4 Stars
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* 199 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 47:11
• 1. Main Title (1:43)
• 2. Beautiful Day (1:05)
• 3. Breakfast (2:01)
• 4. The Idea (2:37)
• 5. It's Alive (3:50)
• 6. Gamma Ray (3:03)
• 7. Take Off (0:30)
• 8. Mambo in the Sky (0:53)
• 9. Flying High (2:22)
• 10. Weebo Yearns (2:23)
• 11. The Test (1:03)
• 12. Mambo del Flubber (2:25)
• 13. Remarkable (4:07)
• 14. Weebo's Death (4:38)
• 15. Revenge (2:41)
• 16. Airborne (0:48)
• 17. End Credits (7:33)
• 18. Goo a Little Dance (Get Down Tonight) - performed by KC & The Sunshine Band (3:28)

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The insert contains extensive credits, but no extra information about the film or score.
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