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Minions
(2015)
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Composed and Produced by:
Heitor Pereira

Conducted by:
Nick-Glennie-Smith

Orchestrated by:
Tim Davies
Jeremy Levy
Susie Benchasil-Seiter
Ryan Humphery
Peter Boyer
Rick Giovinazzo
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Back Lot Music
(July 10th, 2015)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you desire Heitor Pereira's most consistently developed solo music thus far in the Despicable Me franchise, the comparatively lengthy album of his wildly enthusiastic contributions to Minions a nice treat.

Avoid it... if you approach this score without any affinity for the film's concept, because there's sanity to be lost in a "cold" listening experience to this oddball orchestral and vintage jazz merging.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,690
WRITTEN 11/13/15
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Minions: (Heitor Pereira) It's horrifying to comprehend just how successful the 2015 Despicable Me spinoff Minions ultimately became, generating enough revenue to qualify as one of the top ten raw-grossing films of all time and continuing the skyrocketing ascendance of a franchise that began rather modestly in 2010. Merely average critical response did nothing to deter audiences from soaking up the lovable Minion characters from the Despicable Me films, this entry serving as a prequel to explain their well-meaning but often disastrous origins. The little, devilish yellow creatures, immune to torture and ready and willing to serve any super-villain they can find, are shown searching though history for their newest master, usually maiming that villain due to their own lovable incompetence. The bulk of Minions occurs in the late 1960's and involves a plot by a female villain to take the crown of England. Through their surely groovy and conveniently comedic antics, all turns out (relatively) well in the end and the protagonists find their way to their destiny with the evil Gru from the previous films. The music for the Despicable Me has always fallen under the realm of Hans Zimmer's studios, the original picture graced with a combination of Heitor Pereira and Pharrell Williams material, while the 2013 sequel utilized a Pereira score featuring some carry-over of Williams' themes. Neither score was particularly well-treated on album, though that slight was rectified with 2015's Minions, which gave Pereira the opportunity to shine alone. The Brazilian composer, handling many of the silliest projects seeking music through Zimmer's production house, is a veteran of not only this franchise, but those for The Smurfs, Curious George, and, later, The Angry Birds. He also contributed guitar performances to many of Zimmer's animated projects dating back a decade. More than most of Zimmer's so-called "clones," Pereira has ventured closer to John Powell territory in his own animated endeavors, opting to explore the absolute silliness factor more often than not. For Minions, the opportunity existed for the composer to generate playful emulation of the Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, and John Barry jazz styles of the 1960's while continuing some of the same generic action and fantasy modes familiar to the Zimmer spin-off scores these like-minded crews tend to crank out. Pereira seems to have genuinely enjoyed this assignment, and that enthusiasm is plainly evident in the frenetic, oddball music that results.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 67:11
• 1. Universal Fanfare - performed by Pierre Coffin (0:32)
• 2. Happy Together - performed by The Turtles (2:54)
• 3. I'm a Man - performed by The Spencer Davis Group (3:05)
• 4. You Really Got Me - performed by The Kinks (2:14)
• 5. My Generation - performed by The Who (3:16)
• 6. Mellow Yellow - performed by Donovan (3:41)
• 7. Revolution - performed by Pierre Coffin (2:22)
• 8. Minions Through Time (4:34)
• 9. Kevin, Stuart and Bob (2:57)
• 10. Minions Run Amok (1:29)
• 11. Tortellini (0:21)
• 12. The VNC (1:11)
• 13. Minions in the U.S.A. 2:13)
• 14. Orlando (0:46)
• 15. Scarlet Overkill (1:07)
• 16. Ruby Fight (2:58)
• 17. Make 'Em Laugh - performed by Pierre Coffin (0:44)
• 18. Scarlet's Fortress (3:31)
• 19. Traveling Tribe (0:49)
• 20. Tower of London (1:39)
• 21. Hair - performed by Pierre Coffin (0:54)
• 22. Fighting the Crown Keeper (1:43)
• 23. King Bob (0:57)
• 24. Theme From the Monkees - performed by Pierre Coffin (0:29)
• 25. Dungeon Mayhem (0:35)
• 26. Goodbye Fabrice (2:28)
• 27. Minion Mission (4:56)
• 28. Sneaking In (2:34)
• 29. King Kong Kevin (3:30)
• 30. Our Hero Is Back (1:14)
• 31. Minions Victory (2:49)
• 32. Greatest Renegade Unveiling (Gru) (2:39)

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