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Looney Tunes: Back in Action
(2003)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Mark McKenzie
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 18th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you can appreciate and enjoy Jerry Goldsmith's masterful talent for parody on a grand orchestral scale, thoroughly referencing classic cartoon motifs and his own, previously heard thematic ideas.

Avoid it... if you can appreciate those Goldsmith's talents, but not necessarily in the context of the rapidly changing genres in single-minute cues over the course of forty frantic, energized minutes of flair.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #278
WRITTEN 11/21/03, REVISED 3/6/09
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Looney Tunes: Back in Action: (Jerry Goldsmith) Back in 1988, the idea of having animated characters share the screen with live actors and sets for an entire film was introduced with much fanfare and mainstream buzz in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. Due to studio quarrels and ongoing technical difficulties, however, the marketability of that concept of live and animated action interacting in major films faded from the popular spotlight. With the technical aspects of the prospect easy to render in the 2000's, Warner Brothers resurrected the idea and pushed it to the forefront in full force with 2003's Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Directed by Joe Dante, the film follows the plot outline of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?'s backlot studio infighting between our favorite animated characters, but it also takes an adventure around the world with their live action counterparts (Brandan Frasier and Jenna Elfman) in search for the mythical "Blue Monkey Diamond," which hopefully had nothing to do with the real-life blue diamond pills that men all over the world are taking these days to satisfy their women. Dante is well rehearsed in making films such as this one, with a long list of comedies going back to the middle of the 1980's and alternating between positively funny and grossly dumb projects. One staple of these projects was the music of composer Jerry Goldsmith, who scored such Dante entries as the Gremlins films, The 'Burbs, Matinee, and Small Soldiers. His contribution for Looney Tunes would truly test his ability to generate slapstick, shtick action at an extremely energizing pace of movement. Despite increasing problems with sickness due to his advancing age and an ever-continuing demand for his services, Goldsmith managed to produce just that: an exercise in gag reflexes and genre references that moves at the speed of light through stereotypical statements of theme and instrumentation. The score serves as a surprisingly thorough culmination of all the cartoon elements that he had employed over the second half of his career.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 37:18
• 1. Life Story* (0:18)
• 2. What's Up? (1:24)
• 3. Another Take (0:48)
• 4. Dead Duck Walking (3:13)
• 5. Out of the Bag (3:42)
• 6. Blue Monkey (0:54)
• 7. In Style (1:09)
• 8. The Bad Guys (2:57)
• 9. Car Trouble (3:45)
• 10. Thin Air (1:24)
• 11. Area 52 (1:27)
• 12. Hot Pursuit (2:26)
• 13. We've Got Company (1:50)
• 14. I'll Take That (1:19)
• 15. Paris Street (1:21)
• 16. Free Fall (1:15)
• 17. Tasmanian Devil (1:10)
• 18. Jungle Scene (1:40)
• 19. Pressed Duck (3:22)
• 20. Re-Assembled (0:50)
• 21. Merry Go Round Broke Down** (0:16)
* Composed by Carl Stalling
** Composed by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes list of performers and a note from director Joe Dante about his collaboration with Goldsmith.
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