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The Iron Giant
(1999)
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Composed and Conducted by:

Produced by:
Teese Gohl
Steve McLaughlin

Performed by:
The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 24th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release. The song album (with two Kamen score cues) was released a few weeks prior to the score album.
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Buy it... if you're tired of hearing underpowered and uninspired action music from Michael Kamen's career, for The Iron Giant is immensely resounding in its constructs, performances, and recording.

Avoid it... if you prefer your animation scores to maintain strong thematic coherency instead of providing a different mini-symphony for each cue.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #705
WRITTEN 8/25/99, REVISED 5/6/08
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The Iron Giant: (Michael Kamen) In an era when animated films were utilizing the best of three dimensional rendering to transcend the limitations of hand-drawn cells, The Iron Giant was an extreme throwback. Warner Brothers had a wretched history of cinematic animation over the previous two decades, and coupled with this film's sparse and flat drawing, it was a momentous surprise when The Iron Giant turned out to be so good. Directed by "The Simpsons" veteran Brad Bird, the film's greatest strength was it honest, well written story. A young boy in 1957 Maine discovers, saves, and befriends a 100-foot robot that has crashed from outer space, teaching him about the world and eventually trying to prevent the robot from running afoul with local populations and the skittish military. Its intelligence and keen sense of pacing, combined with an interesting historical setting and solid exploration of societal mores, launched The Iron Giant to almost universal critical success. The fact that it didn't really compete in the mainstream against Disney and others in the summer of 1999 may have been because the quality of the visuals were so tied to yesteryear, but the fact that the film isn't a musical may have also played a role. The Iron Giant marked the only time that Michael Kamen ventured into the animation genre, but after a decade of somewhat flimsy action scoring, fans of the composer loved what they heard. Some maintain that this score is the very best of Kamen's career, and while on a technical and orchestration level that may be true, the score lacks a cohesive appeal that lasts long after it finishes its run. The director instructed Kamen to capture the essence of Bernard Herrmann for The Iron Giant, and in terms of the complexity of his structures, Kamen succeeded brilliantly. He was in a period of his career when he was heavily involved with symphonies and other non-film music work, and The Iron Giant reflects many of the characteristics of a traditional, classical symphony. Fans of classical music may notice some inspiration from Tchaikowsky, among others.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 49:54
• 1. The Eye of the Storm (2:31)
• 2. Hogarth Hughes (0:21)
• 3. Into the Forest (3:34)
• 4. The Giant Wakes (1:25)
• 5. Come and Get It (1:46)
• 6. Cat and Mouse (0:56)
• 7. Train Wreck (1:05)
• 8. You Can Fix Yourself? (1:18)
• 9. Hand Underfoot (2:00)
• 10. Bedtime Stories (2:26)
• 11. We Gotta Hide (0:50)
• 12. His Name is Dean (0:48)
• 13. Eating Art (0:43)
• 14. Space Car (0:59)
• 15. Souls Don't Die (4:09)
• 16. Contest of Wills (4:36)
• 17. The Army Arrives (1:34)
• 18. Annie and Dean (1:19)
• 19. He's a Weapon (2:43)
• 20. The Giant Discovered (4:29)
• 21. Trance-Former (4:25)
• 22. No Following (4:02)
• 23. The Last Giant Piece (1:46)

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