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Hop
(2011)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Co-Conducted, and Produced by:
Christopher Lennertz

Co-Conducted by:
Philip White

Co-Orchestrated by:
Andrew Kinney
Larry Rench
Dana Niu

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(April 19th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if there are no boundaries to your fascination with dynamic and enthusiastic children's scores that use proven motific and instrumental techniques to charm their way into your sunny disposition.

Avoid it... if despite the successful application of all of the predictable techniques in this score that make it generically effective, you still seek to hear Christopher Lennertz's truly individual musical voice.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,620
WRITTEN 4/7/11
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Hop: (Christopher Lennertz) So the heir to the throne of Easter Island decides that he doesn't want to follow in his father's footsteps and become the next Easter Bunny. Instead, this affable young fur-ball exclaims that he wants to be a drummer in a rock band and runs off to Hollywood to pursue a career. With the help of a sympathetic human companion, he realizes a taste of his dreams while ultimately accepting his fate and repairing his relationship with his dad. Sound corny? Critics certainly thought so, praising the blend of live-action and animated elements in the early 2011 film Hop but universally panning a juvenile script aimed at the lesser intelligent contingent of youth in the audience. Never the less, director Tim Hill sought to repeat his immense financial success from Alvin and the Chipmunks in 2007, at least initially showing the same box office promise here. An abundance of silly humor that pokes fun at the entertainment industry and holiday traditions (no word from fanatical Christians as of yet) presents unique challenges to the soundtrack for Hop, especially considering the musical aspirations of the primary character. Arguably still a more difficult score to write was the one for Alvin and the Chipmunks, however, and having succeeded in supplementing the high-pitched voices in that film without aggravating listeners, composer Christopher Lennertz was hired by Hill once again for Hop. Lennertz became somewhat trapped in a cycle of comedy scores in the 2000's, either writing over-the-top (and generally quite outstanding) parodies or generically frenetic animated "talking animal" scores derived from the formulas of Warner Brothers cartoons and the multitude of composers stuck in the same rut during the 1990's. With Hop, you know precisely what you're going to get from Lennertz. Anybody searching for the true musical voice of the composer will be forced to continue that hunt, because there is once more nothing particularly unique about this music. Then again, it is so derivative of the structure and variety of instrumental pieces of his scores for Alvin and the Chipmunks, Marmaduke, and Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (as well as equivalent entries by Mark Mothersbaugh and Theodore Shapiro) that perhaps this sound is indeed representative of Lennertz's actual dominant style. On the upside, at least you realize before a listening experience like this that the composer is capable of doing his job to the extent that the film requires, so while there's not much chance for Hop to receive a four star rating, you can count on it achieving at least three stars for dutifully going through the motions.



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210 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.82 Stars
***** 25 5 Stars
**** 42 4 Stars
*** 55 3 Stars
** 48 2 Stars
* 40 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 54:23
• 1. Prologue/Easter Island (2:06)
• 2. Candy Factory (3:06)
• 3. Young Fred Gets a Visit (2:52)
• 4. O'Hare's Intervention (1:03)
• 5. Don't Want to Be the Easter Bunny (1:33)
• 6. The Accident (1:46)
• 7. Lament (0:32)
• 8. In the Garage (1:18)
• 9. Carlos Reports (1:49)
• 10. Summon the Pink Berets (1:11)
• 11. Pooping Jellybeans (0:51)
• 12. Fred Remembers (0:28)
• 13. Late For Interview (1:19)
• 14. EB Escapes (1:16)
• 15. Fred's Tour (1:10)
• 16. Got The Blues (0:42)
• 17. Dad Misses His Son (1:47)
• 18. Back to the Mansion (0:41)
• 19. Sam's Visit (2:39)
• 20. The Hoff (0:26)
• 21. Fathers Just Don't Get It (0:41)
• 22. Fred's Realization (0:36)
• 23. Be the Bunny (3:23)
• 24. Pink Berets Take Fred (1:03)
• 25. Back to Easter Island (2:40)
• 26. Coup de Tat (0:51)
• 27. Oh, the Guilt (0:44)
• 28. Easter Moon Rises (1:51)
• 29. Carlos Takes Control (2:22)
• 30. Transformation (2:03)
• 31. Air Traffic Control (1:24)
• 32. Reunion/Proclamation (2:26)
• 33. Brunch (0:55)
• 34. The Big Finale (1:53)
• 35. The Pink Berets - performed by The DeeKompressors (2:24)

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The insert includes a list of performers and notes from both the director and producer about the score.
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