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Monsters University
(2013)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jonathan Sacks
J.A.C. Redford
Dan Higgins
Jeremy Lamb

Co-Produced by:
David Boucher
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(June 18th, 2013)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if Randy Newman's melodic transparency and Americana techniques never fail to engage you, his application of those styles balanced against a somewhat strange infusion of elements from Michael Giacchino's Ratatouille and John Williams' 1941.

Avoid it... if you expect to encounter significant connections between this score and its predecessor, the lack of any Newman-performed song a particular disappointment.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,042
WRITTEN 6/29/13
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Monsters University: (Randy Newman) Haggling between Disney's Michael Eisner and Pixar's Steve Jobs caused 2005 plans for a sequel to the 2001 hit Monsters, Inc. to remain in limbo for years, though with one studio wrestling away the sequel rights (and one of those CEO's dead), nothing was to stop the pair of companies from creating what became a prequel to the original story. Deliberately ignoring some continuity issues with the prior film, 2013's Monsters University depicts the meeting and developing of a friendship between the two main characters from Monsters, Inc., voiced by Billy Crystal and John Goodman. They unite at "Monsters University," where they hope to graduate in the art of scaring humans and someday work at "Monsters, Inc.," a feat they accomplish via a circuitous route. Along the way, they run through the stereotypical pitfalls of college life, screwing up in all the manners you'd expect from young monsters who don't have their act together. The prequel, which was initially free of the lawsuit problems that plagued Monsters, Inc., was met with moderate praise but not the same immediate, overwhelming fiscal response as its predecessor. There's something nostalgic about seeing the crew of the 2001 assemble for another entry in the concept a dozen years later, and that feeling especially applies to composer Randy Newman's continued involvement. Interestingly, however, the music produced by Newman for Monsters University has very little to do with that which he wrote for Monsters, Inc., an intriguing and somewhat disappointing turn of events given that the prior work left some clear room for improvement. While there remains continuity in Newman's basic style and a few token references to the prior score, there is no significant thematic carry-over despite the return of the same characters and a few scenes staged at "Monsters, Inc." Even though those two characters affirm their bond at the end of Monsters University and achieve their goal of gaining employment at "Monsters, Inc.," the melody of Newman's Oscar-winning song, "If I Didn't Have You," is absent from the prequel. In fact, you don't hear Newman sing a song at all in Monsters University, making this seventh Pixar entry for the composer a bit awkwardly positioned. Even a simple reprise would have sufficed. That said, Newman does throw a few references to the prior score in during "Field Trip" as appropriate, and his musical language, despite losing some of grand jazz existing in the 2001 work, is largely familiar enough to function for most listeners.



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Average: 2.87 Stars
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Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - July 16, 2013, at 1:09 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 55:15
• 1. Main Title (0:51)
• 2. Young Michael (3:58)
• 3. First Day at MU (4:32)
• 4. Dean Hardscrabble (3:20)
• 5. Sulley (0:48)
• 6. Scare Pig (2:00)
• 7. Wasted Potential (1:16)
• 8. Oozma Kappa (3:17)
• 9. Stinging Glow Urchin (2:34)
• 10. Field Trip (3:57)
• 11. Rise and Shine (3:00)
• 12. The Library (3:44)
• 13. Roar* (2:56)
• 14. The Scare Games (5:58)
• 15. Did You Do This? (2:00)
• 16. Human World (2:07)
• 17. The Big Scare (3:02)
• 18. Goodbyes (3:11)
• 19. Mike and Sulley (1:13)
• 20. Monsters University (1:35)
* performed by Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia

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The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film.
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