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Robots
(2005)
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Composed, Co-Programmed, Co-Arranged, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Bruce Fowler
Walter Fowler
Randy Kerber
Suzette Moriarty
Mark McKenzie
Jon Kull

Featured Percussion by:
Blue Man Group

Co-Orchestrated, Co-Programmed, and Co-Arranged by:
John Ashton Thomas

Co-Programmed and Co-Arranged by:
T.J. Lindgren
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(March 15th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if there is no limit to your embrace of John Powell's standard methods for orchestral slapstick comedy, a sound defined foremost by frenetic pacing, sharp genre shifts, and a healthy dose of upbeat, rhythmic humor.

Avoid it... if Powell's many equivalent scores have proven this style too inconsistent for your enjoyment, because the composer does surprisingly little to distinguish this entry with uniquely mechanical percussive effects.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #590
WRITTEN 3/18/05, REVISED 10/11/11
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Robots: (John Powell) With its almost-too-human representation of a world made up entirely of robots, the film Robots offers a heartwarming story of dreams and inventions while also laying a heavy dose of animated eye candy on the viewer. From the same inventors of 2002's Ice Age, the story of Robots follows the journey of a creative, promising young robot (who, in customary fashion, kind of looks like his performing voice, Ewan McGregor) to the big city, where he encounters a host of wild mechanical characters and fights an idealistic battle against a big robot corporation (to fulfill, of course, the ideology of the filmmakers). With Pixar throwing its finest complexities at audiences in the grand scope that fits the IMAX screens on which Robots was released in part in 2005, the sophisticated cinematography is countered by wacky details such as robotic farts, a reminder of the movie's target audience. Additionally, Robots is living proof that there's ample work in Hollywood for composers talented in the orchestral slapstick department of writing. This style of cartoonish symphonic mayhem has always been considered a difficult task to conquer for any composer, and yet the resurgence of its demand on the big screen since the late 1990's has allowed a whole slew of composers to display their more-than-adequate talents in the area. David Newman, Ed Shearmur, Michael Giacchino, Harry Gregson-Williams, and John Powell have all excelled at whipping up a frenzy of light-hearted spirit from an ensemble, and for Powell in particular, his journeys in this sort of comedy composition have extended from his well known collaborations with Gregson-Williams (Antz, Chicken Run, and Shrek) to his subsequent solo efforts (The Adventures of Pluto Nash and now Robots). All composers in this genre owe some foundation for their music to vintage cartoon masters Carl Stalling and Raymond Scott, but Powell in particular has found his own niche within this general style by wildly infusing other genres of music into the mix.



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486 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.37 Stars
***** 102 5 Stars
**** 146 4 Stars
*** 125 3 Stars
** 60 2 Stars
* 53 1 Stars
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does anyone know this song
Reese - June 5, 2006, at 4:34 p.m.
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Extra track from commercial song CD
Simon Templar - May 26, 2005, at 4:38 p.m.
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Complete list of performers and crew
Nicolas Rodriguez Quiles - April 20, 2005, at 4:17 p.m.
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Rodney - April 18, 2005, at 1:28 p.m.
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Alternate review of Robots at Movie Music UK
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 43:51
• 1. Robots Overture (4:02)
• 2. Rivet Town Parade (0:54)
• 3. Bigweld TV/Creating Wonderbot (2:45)
• 4. Wonderbot Wash (2:08)
• 5. Train Station (3:50)
• 6. Crosstown Express (1:19)
• 7. Wild Ride (1:36)
• 8. Madam Gasket (1:00)
• 9. Chop Shop (1:50)
• 10. Meet the Rusties (2:07)
• 11. Bigweld Workshop (3:13)
• 12. Phone Booth (1:29)
• 13. Gathering Forces (3:28)
• 14. Escape (4:42)
• 15. Deciding to Fight Back (1:13)
• 16. Attack of the Sweepers (1:27)
• 17. Butt Whoopin' (3:42)
• 18. Homecoming (1:33)
• 19. Dad's Dream (1:24)

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