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Madagascar
(2005)
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Composed by:
Hans Zimmer
Ryeland Allison
James Dooley
James S. Levine
Heitor Pereira

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway
Nick Ingram

Produced by:
Melissa Muik
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Geffen Records
(May 24th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're one of those little kids entranced by the movie and want to buy all the stuffed animals, fast-food restaurant toys, coloring books, and, of course, music associated with the film.

Avoid it... if you collect either original score or song compilation soundtrack albums, because this insulting collection is incomprehensibly assembled into an absolute mess of a presentation.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #195
WRITTEN 5/21/05, REVISED 9/21/11
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Madagascar: (Hans Zimmer/Various) From the writer and director of Antz and The Ren & Stimpy Show comes Madagascar, the 2005 production from the PDI/DreamWorks studio that had just brought the two initial, extremely popular Shrek movies to the big screen. The short animated film has all the glitz and visual attraction for kids, and while its premise is rich with promise, the execution of the story seems to have gone awry in critics' views. A giraffe, lion, hippo, and zebra live the pampered life in New York City's Central Zoo and, mostly featuring recognizably famous voices, their personalities carry them on a journey that involves an escape from the zoo and consequent travel back to the wild. When their transport becomes lost at sea off the large East-African island nation of Madagascar, the animals have to cope with real life on the island. Somewhere at this point, the story loses all cohesion and this plot summary ends. It's frightening to imagine that it actually spawned a sequel film, speaking once again to the stupidity of the general public. As a purely slapstick-style, lowest-common-denominator comedy, Madagascar relies heavily on its soundtrack to accentuate its sense of humor. This "music director" technique involved the incorporation of well known songs of the 1960's and 1970's into the picture (you've got to love the fact that studios sometimes go the less expensive route of obtaining the rights to songs that no longer demand top dollar for reuse) and, to a lesser extent, an original score. One of the prevailing head-scratchers involving Madagascar is composer Hans Zimmer's choice to leave the Ridley Scott mammoth Kingdom of Heaven in favor of this Dreamworks project. Former collaborator Harry Gregson-Williams, a composer coming dangerously close at the time to surpassing Zimmer in overall quality of output, in turn took the leap from Madagascar to Kingdom of Heaven with very impressive results, despite Scott's butchering and replacing of the score in the final film. Upon hearing Madagascar on album and pondering the tepid critical response, Zimmer's choice is all the more confusing. Perhaps there was some legal or technical reason for Zimmer to be stuck with Madagascar instead, because you certainly can't hear the validation in musical form on the abysmal album for the soundtrack. Perhaps not surprisingly, the composer relied heavily upon his in-house Media Ventures/Remote Control team of ghostwriters to handle the bulk of duties on the assignment, perhaps allowing Zimmer an easy out but also ensuring absolutely no coherent flow to the entirety of the score.



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1,133 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 1.9 Stars
***** 56 5 Stars
**** 78 4 Stars
*** 136 3 Stars
** 294 2 Stars
* 569 1 Stars
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I do not cringe!
Captain Future - January 30, 2012, at 12:15 p.m.
1 comment  (661 views)
track that plays at te end of the DVD
Vikki - July 10, 2006, at 6:15 a.m.
1 comment  (2134 views)
I love it
tess - April 11, 2006, at 8:47 p.m.
1 comment  (2056 views)
i like to move it sound track
Donald bond - March 3, 2006, at 4:00 p.m.
1 comment  (3621 views)
when they meet on the beach?   Expand >>
shabad - December 9, 2005, at 3:23 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 31:32
• 1. Best Friends* (2:24)
• 2. I Like to Move It - performed by Sacha Baron Cohen (3:51)
• 3. Hawaii Five-O - performed by The Ventures (1:49)
• 4. Boogie Wonderland - performed by Earth, Wind, and Fire (4:49)
• 5. Whacked Out Conspiracy** (2:16)
• 6. Chariots of Fire - performed by Vangelis (3:29)
• 7. Stayin' Alive - performed by Bee Gees (3:29)
• 8. Zoosters Breakout*** (1:39)
• 9. Born Free# (1:24)
• 10. The Foosa Attack## (0:37)
• 11. Beacon of Liberty### (2:09)
• 12. What a Wonderful World - performed by Louis Armstrong (2:16)
* written by Hans Zimmer, Heitor Pereira, Ryeland Allison, and James S. Levine
** written by James Dooley
*** written by Hans Zimmer
# written by John Barry, adapted by Hans Zimmer
## written by Heitor Pereira
### written by Hans Zimmer and James S. Levine

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