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Nanny McPhee
(2005)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
James Shearman

Co-Orchestrated by:
Lawrence Ashmore

Co-Produced by:
Maggie Rodford

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(January 24th, 2006)
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Commercial American and European releases featuring identical contents but different cover art.
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Buy it... if you trust Patrick Doyle to filter the vintage comedy, fantasy, and drama styles of Danny Elfman and James Horner through his own instrumentally diverse and lyrically consistent voice.

Avoid it... if you have little patience for effectively heartwarming but ultimately derivative children's music that deviates from its wholesome tones only occasionally for a few wicked comedy sideshows.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,715
WRITTEN 8/17/11
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Nanny McPhee: (Patrick Doyle) Significant changes were in store for fans of Christianna Brand's "Nurse Matilda" books of the 1960's when their title character was adapted by actress Emma Thompson into the Nanny McPhee franchise of movies starting in 2005. With Thompson in the title role, the first Nanny McPhee film introduced a variant of the mythical nanny to a family in 19th Century England. A widowed man (played by Colin Firth) with seven children is having difficulty controlling his young clan, the little brats tormenting and scaring off seventeen separate nannies before the mysterious arrival of Nanny McPhee, whose blend of magic and humor manages to bring them under control. Complicating matters is the fact that the father has been given a month to find a new wife or lose the money afforded to him by a relative to remain in custody of his children. Inevitably, an evil gold-digging woman is set up with him but the wedding is spoiled by the ensemble cast before the likable young maid steps in predictably at the end to save the family. Regardless of the major alterations to the story for the purposes of Nanny McPhee, critical response and box office returns were generous for a movie that grossed almost $100 million more than it cost to make. Immediately charmed by the script was composer Patrick Doyle, who had professed to loving wholesome family pictures of the past and long wished to be involved with a project like Nanny McPhee. The assignment admittedly presented several challenges for the composer, its plot requiring a cohesive balance of comedy, fantasy, and drama. Another factor was that Nanny McPhee followed the exhausting process of scoring Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for Doyle, and you do hear some very slight similarities in thematic structure between the composer's theme for Harry Potter's family and one of the three ideas in the later score. And, as you might expect, you encounter several passages in Nanny McPhee that recall the composer's own tender voice, reach back as far as The Little Princess and foreshadowing Jig in his expression of melodic progressions typical to his career. In its whole, however, the score is an intriguing merging of influences from the works of Danny Elfman (in the case of the comedy and some of the fantasy material) and James Horner (in the drama and other fantasy portions). Despite these blatant stylistic tugs, though, Doyle still manages to instill the kind of instrumental creativity and lyrical consistency that his listeners have come to expect, yielding positively engaging listening experience.



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Average: 3.32 Stars
***** 39 5 Stars
**** 28 4 Stars
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* 24 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 53:21
• 1. They've Eaten the Baby! (2:42)
• 2. No More Nannies (1:24)
• 3. Secret Toast and Jam (2:30)
• 4. A Clockwork Mouse (1:03)
• 5. The Pink Chair (1:00)
• 6. I Did Knock (6:02)
• 7. Goodnight, Children (4:25)
• 8. Measle Medicine (1:31)
• 9. Soup du Jour (1:11)
• 10. I Smell Damp (1:40)
• 11. Barnyard Fashion (1:37)
• 12. Lord of the Donkeys (0:39)
• 13. The Girl in the Carriage (3:20)
• 14. Kites in the Sky (2:26)
• 15. The Room at the Top of the Stairs (1:43)
• 16. Toad in the Teapot (3:39)
• 17. Our Last Chance (2:17)
• 18. Mrs. Brown's Lullaby* (1:20)
• 19. The Lady in Blue (2:04)
• 20. Bees and Cakes (3:45)
• 21. Snow in August (7:03)
* lyrics by Emma Thompson, performed by Mae McKenna

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The insert includes lyrics to "Mrs. Brown's Lullaby" and a note from Doyle about the score.
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