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Wild America
(1997)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
David Slonaker
Don Nemitz
Art Kemple
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Prometheus Records
(March 24th, 1998)
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Belgian release, available only through soundtrack specialty outlets. The widely available Edel album from the previous year contains no score material.
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Buy it... only if you are a collector of Joel McNeely's often superior adventure scores for obscure films and series.

Avoid it... if you demand superior sound quality from all of your digital age scores.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #984
WRITTEN 3/19/97, REVISED 7/22/07
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Wild America: (Joel McNeely) While the tagline for this 1997 film claimed that it was based on a true story, you'd have a hard time believing that anybody would want to make a film based on the premise. Warner spent the money on it, though, and thus we're left with a ridiculously exaggerated and poorly executed depiction on how three brothers got their start filming wildlife. The Stouffer brothers did indeed grow up to be respected animal photographers, and the aim of Wild America was to show how they, as teenagers, set off on their first adventure with a single camera and film in hand. They encounter dangers along the way that are completely unrealistic, complicated in the film by the fact that some of the animals are obviously not real and the special effects are laughable. It's the find of film that fails to maintain the interest of kids and will simply irritate adults, which is why, among other reasons, the film failed miserably with critics and audiences. One of the greatest ironies of Wild America is that director William Dear's finished product plays as though it was not only starring 18-year-olds, but was created by them too. Composer Joel McNeely, despite the great promise early in his career, some mentoring by John Williams, and hopes by many film music collectors that he would break through into the mainstream, would languish with assignments like Wild America for ten years after this project. It is a typical effort for McNeely in that he usually provides music that is far superior to the films themselves, especially over the course of 1997 and 1998, when he would score a series of duds so magnificent in their failure that his career would backtrack to the realm of straight-to-video projects thereafter. For Wild America, his music would be of distinct relation to the Western Americana spirit of Gold Diggers and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, featuring the same diversity of orchestral action and character music that makes for wholesome family listening.



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Average: 2.98 Stars
***** 40 5 Stars
**** 42 4 Stars
*** 43 3 Stars
** 40 2 Stars
* 43 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:59
• 1. Main Title (3:39)
• 2. Blood Brothers (3:11)
• 3. Adventure with a Moose (3:46)
• 4. Leona the Owl (1:28)
• 5. Hunting Alligators (3:38)
• 6. The Mysterious Hunter (2:36)
• 7. On the Firing Range (4:38)
• 8. Bow Hunting (2:04)
• 9. Adventure Montage (4:09)
• 10. The Bear Lady (1:32)
• 11. Marshall Flies the Skybolt (7:28)
• 12. Finding the Cave (1:49)
• 13. The Cave of a Thousand Sleeping Bears (4:01)
• 14. Epilogue (1:00)

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The insert contains a short note about the film and score.
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