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Monsters vs. Aliens
(2009)
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Composed by:

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Produced by:
Hans Zimmer
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Lakeshore Records
(March 24th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release. The album was available for retail download two weeks prior to the CD's street date.
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Buy it... only if you're an established enthusiast of the similar John Powell and John Debney styles of effective, but anonymous slapstick material of frenetic exuberance for the animated genre.

Avoid it... if the prospect of hearing yet another Hans Zimmer clone produce a predictable score of little individual character is a yawn inducing recipe for boredom.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #948
WRITTEN 3/19/09
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Monsters vs. Aliens: (Henry Jackman) Generating expensive hype by spawning the first 3-D advertisement to ever appear during America's Super Bowl in early 2009, Monsters vs. Aliens represented Dreamworks Animation's initial venture beyond the 2-D world. With the help of Paramount, veteran Dreamworks directors Conrad Vernon and Rob Letterman are offering both 3-D and 2-D versions of Monsters vs. Aliens to children ready for another CGI adventure and adults nostalgic about the monster movies of the 1950's at which the film aims to parody. The lead character, voiced (and looking like) Reese Witherspoon, is hit by a meteor full of mysterious material that extends her to almost 50 feet in height, at which point the American government (led by Stephen Colbert as President, which is strangely appropriate the more you think about it) stashes her away with other monsters it has collected through the years. When nasty alien robots begin to destroy the planet, tearing at San Francisco with better efficiency than a giant squid, the earthly military unleashes the monsters against the villains. It's parody of the grandest order, with in jokes galore and a plentiful dose of cuteness. There was an obvious avenue to be explored with the soundtrack for Monsters vs. Aliens, one that could have ripped pages from every alien invasion and monster score from Akira Ifukube to David Arnold. Surprisingly, that direction was only barely touched upon in the music for this production. Not at all a surprise, though, is the fact that Dreamworks turned to Hans Zimmer to guide them to success for Monsters vs. Aliens. The animated projects of this studio have relied upon Zimmer and his wide range of Media Ventures/Remote Control assistants since the beginning, and that trend continues here. What has always been interesting to monitor is the actual assignment of the various films to Zimmer's associates (or himself). In the early days, John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams (along with Zimmer) produced the most attractive material for these ventures. In recent years, though, the assignments have begun to spin off (just like in the mainstream action genre) to Zimmer's lesser known assistants, and such is the case with Monsters vs. Aliens. For many, Henry Jackman is just another name amongst the several hundred that typically appeared on an album release of Zimmer or Powell's music. In fact, he's written additional material for Hancock, Kung Fu Panda, and The Da Vinci Code, as well as various programming and solo work in the television venue.



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Monsters vs Aliens
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 65:46
• 1. A Giant Transformation (3:06)
• 2. When You See (Those Flying Saucers) - performed by The Buchanan Brothers (2:17)
• 3. Tell Him - performed by The Exciters (2:35)
• 4. A Wedding Interrupted (2:09)
• 5. Meet the Monsters (2:29)
• 6. Planet Claire - performed by The B-52's (4:37)
• 7. Do Something Violent! (2:07)
• 8. The Grand Tour (2:10)
• 9. Oversized Tin Can (3:39)
• 10. The Battle at Golden Gate Bridge (6:08)
• 11. Didn't Mean to Crush You (1:51)
• 12. Reminiscing - performed by Little River Band (4:14)
• 13. Imprisoned by a Strange Being (5:28)
• 14. Galazar As a Squidling (2:07)
• 15. March of the Buffoons (5:16)
• 16. Wooly Bully - performed by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (2:21)
• 17. Susan's Call to Arms (3:03)
• 18. The Ginormica Suite (5:52)
• 19. Monster Mojo (2:08)
• 20. Purple People Eater - performed by Sheb Wooley (2:15)

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The insert includes extensive pictures and credits, but no extra information about the score or film.
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