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Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
(2008)
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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas
Kevin Kliesch
Dave Metzger
Randy Kerber
Brad Dechter
Conrad Pope
Rick Giovanazzo
Jane Antonia Cornish
Andrew Kinney

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Additional Music by:
John Ashton Thomas
James McKee Smith
Paul Mounsey

Co-Conducted by:
Edie Lehmann Boddicker

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(March 25th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have a soft sport for John Powell's wildly creative animation scores and seek the composer's most explosively frenetic, genre-bending entry in the genre to date.

Avoid it... if you value consistency in your listening experiences and expect any of the moods in this score to last longer than a single minute.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,004
WRITTEN 4/13/08
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Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!: (John Powell) It took until the 2000's before the stories of Dr. Seuss received genuine Hollywood treatment, and unlike the two previous entries of the decade (How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Cat in the Hat), 20th Century Fox's Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! is an animated venture meant to improve the studio's standing in that arena. Thoroughly beaten by both Disney/Pixar and Dreamworks, Fox's lineup of recent animation was highlighted by the Ice Age films which, not surprisingly, have an affect on Horton Hears a Who!. Like the two previous Dr. Seuss adaptations, Horton Hears a Who! required significant expansion in the story to fill a feature length film, and it does so by turning it into a buddy picture not much unlike Ice Age or, to a lesser extent, Shrek. The story of the elephant who hears a voice from a tiny world on a floating piece of dust allows for the two classic worlds to be explored in the film, though any fan of the original story can tell you that the added martial arts sequence, among others, is definitely new. Composer John Powell made the rounds through the Dreamworks animation realm before taking the helm of Fox's animated duties with the sequel to Ice Age. Since replacing David Newman as the primary composer for Fox's major animations, Powell's work has consistently proven creative and functional in mind-blowing ways that Newman was never really able to accomplish. Whether you can sit and enjoy either Newman or Powell's music for these films on album is another matter, for they (and Powell especially) provide such outrageous extensions of the classic Carl Stalling sound for old Warner Brothers cartoons that the music often borders on the obnoxious. Such is the call of the day, however, and with Powell now having produced a plethora of frenetic, genre-bending scores for children's animation films, there's an acceptance that his music most definitely works.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 59:38
• 1. Fall From Tree (1:06)
• 2. Cave of Destiny (0:32)
• 3. Jungle of Nool (0:47)
• 4. Horton Takes a Luxurious Bath (1:42)
• 5. Enter The Kangaroo (1:13)
• 6. Banana Wars (1:03)
• 7. Saved (2:22)
• 8. Into Whoville/Breakfast with the Mayor (3:04)
• 9. Club Nool (1:41)
• 10. The Town Council (1:13)
• 11. Hello (2:17)
• 12. Dr. Larue (1:17)
• 13. The Quest* (1:36)
• 14. The Bridge Work (2:29)
• 15. Horton Dance! (0:24)
• 16. Handle With Care (1:21)
• 17. Bedtime (1:56)
• 18. Snow Day (1:18)
• 19. Horton Tells of the Kangaroo's Duplicity (2:30)
• 20. Vlad Attack (1:54)
• 21. Power Grab (2:45)
• 22. Kite Flying Day (1:22)
• 23. Mountain Chase (2:08)
• 24. Clover Field Search (2:16)
• 25. Memory Game (1:04)
• 26. For the Children!!! (0:59)
• 27. Angry Mob (2:40)
• 28. Roping and Caging (1:03)
• 29. We Are Here (1:04)
• 30. Symphonophone (1:12)
• 31. JoJo Saves the Day (2:22)
• 32. Hall of Mayors (1:31)
• 33. Horton Suite (6:52)
• 34. A Big Ending (0:53)
* as stated on the album: "retrieved from the composer's 8-track archives"

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The insert includes extensive credits, many pictures from the film, and a full list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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