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Over the Hedge
(2006)
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Score Co-Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Conducted by:
Rupert Gregson-Williams

Songs Composed and Performed by:
Ben Folds

Score Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Alastair King

Score Co-Orchestrated by:
Seanine Joyce
Bradly Miles
Simon Whiteside

Additional Score Music by:
Halli Cauthery

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Buy it... if you're a Ben Folds enthusiast and thus seek his five characteristic songs (three of which original) for the comedic, feel-good passages in the film.

Avoid it... if you expect more than just typical, functional, and forgettable orchestral underscore from Rupert Gregson-Williams, yet another voice for generic animation music from Hans Zimmer's film score production house.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,802
WRITTEN 12/5/11
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Over the Hedge: (Rupert Gregson-Williams/Ben Folds) Among Dreamworks' less remembered but still successful computer-generated ventures of the 2000's is Over the Hedge, the studio's first collaboration with Paramount (and, incidentally, the studio's first film not to be released on VHS tape). The 2006 movie was inspired by the comic strip of the same name and features a suburban-based formula of animal-related humor not much different from the Ice Age concept. Human idiosyncrasies are once again the inspiration for the humor in the tale, a gang of unlikely members of the animal kingdom battling each other and a human residential neighborhood for its food supply. Raids of the humans' food allow the filmmakers to poke fun at numerous cultural stereotypes in a way that's safe for the kids, though there might be some questions about the merit of any story that concludes victoriously when a hyperactive squirrel is given an overdose of cola. An outstanding cast of vocal talent was secured for Over the Hedge, including Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, William Shatner, and Eugene Levy in major roles. The soundtrack for the production was something of an unusual musical hybrid for Dreamworks, who sought original songs from a single source and accompanying score from another. The songs were the responsibility of American alternative rock artist Ben Folds, who contributed three new songs to Over the Hedge while adapting a remix of one of his previous songs and performing a cover version of another existing song. His carefree tone was accompanied by a predictably fluffy orchestral score by a graduate of Hans Zimmer's Media Ventures/Remote Control clone factory. Dreamworks has always sought the services of Zimmer and his company (or former collaborators of that group) for their feature scores, and in the case of Over the Hedge and Bee Movie in consecutive years, Zimmer served as the executive producer of the soundtrack while assigning compositional duties to Rupert Gregson-Williams. The brother of the more famous Gregson-Williams in the film music industry, Harry, had worked with Zimmer on a number of previous scores and was the rising star of choice from the Media Ventures days at that particular time. Interestingly, however, Rupert Gregson-Williams was eventually supplanted by Henry Jackman for Dreamworks movies not scored by Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams, or John Powell within just a matter of years, though Rupert did manage to extend his solo career by handling several ridiculous comedies.



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Brendan Cochran - August 28, 2014, at 10:41 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 48:45
• 1. Family of Me - performed by Ben Folds (1:28)
• 2. RJ Enters the Cave (4:37)
• 3. The Family Awakes (2:33)
• 4. Heist - performed by Ben Folds (3:02)
• 5. Lost in the Supermarket - performed by Ben Folds (3:30)
• 6. Let's Call It Steve (3:40)
• 7. Hammy Time (2:28)
• 8. Still - performed by Ben Folds (2:38)
• 9. Play? (1:49)
• 10. Rockin' the Suburbs (Over the Hedge Version) - performed by Ben Folds and William Shatner (4:57)
• 11. The Inside Heist (7:38)
• 12. RJ Rescues His Family (4:18)
• 13. Still (Reprise) - performed by Ben Folds (6:07)

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