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• Posted by: Brett Ulrich   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, June 11, 2007, at 7:51 p.m.
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Jetsons: The Movie/Jonny's Golden Quest: (John Debney) First off, I must say, going into this review, I grew up with the Jetson's on TV reruns as a child, and along with the Flintstones, watched the show all the time. However, I have to admit that I've never actually seen the movie, but picked up the CD after hearing that Mr. Debney had composed it. When I finally got it, I immediately placed it in my CD player. The first track starts out with a quiet space like intro, leading into a full blown rendition of the Jetsons theme (to which Debney added a few of his own little twists), complete with "Meet George Jetson" lyrics. Debney brings out the full power of the trumpet section in this rendition, and well balanced orchestrations make little nuances of the theme that were not completely audible in the old TV version to come to life. In short, only Debney could make the old theme sound this fun.

The Jetsons score itself is perfectly suited for a cartoon. It has a light and playful, and at sometimes a very comedic quality. Rarely taking the foreground in many scores, the saxophone section takes the lead in the second track "George Goes to Work." The third track, "Mr. Spacely" has a rather villainous and dark sound to characterize George's boss, who all the fans of the TV show remember for his constant yelling of George's last name. "Meet The Jetsons," the fourth track, returns to a buoyant style, which later shifts to a more eerie mood part way through, only to pick up the cartoon-ish sound in tack five "Spacely Sprockets," with the Jetsons theme making a few brief and subtle appearances. Track six, "The Factory Goes Haywire" showcases Debney's ability to play with the absolute mayhem on the screen, giving it an action feel, yet in keeping with the tone of the movie.

Track seven deserves its whole own paragraph, just because I have never heard anything like it. When I first heard it I nearly fell off my chair laughing. In this brief track, Debney does a take on a "High School Marching Band." It is absolutely hilarious to hear professional musicians playing out of tune, and out of time on purpose! All the amateur characteristics are thrown in. For example, the cymbal player cannot play in time at all, the tuba player outplays the whole band while failing to keep a steady tempo, and the trumpets are painfully out of tune. Even though it is only 30 seconds long, I guarantee that you will get a laugh out of it.

Back to reality, track eight begins with a march sound, and almost plays perfectly out of the previous marching band (although it does sound like a real orchestra again). "George Goes on a Mission" is highlighted by interactions between various woodwind sections. Track nine, "Space Age Classical" oddly enough has a synthesized sound, most likely playing off of the Jetsons being set in the future. The music for the Grungies, tracks 10 - 12 plays very mischievously, at times outright ominously, and playing on action, while not shedding its cartoon like sound. "George Jetson-Hero/Finale" is a fairly light hearted compared to some of the incredibly grand finale tracks we^Rve come accustomed to listening to, ending with the full Jetsons theme rounding out the entire score. The Jetsons scores high marks in its creativity, as Debney seems to prove he constantly has another ace up his sleeve.

Jonny's Golden Quest, on the other hand, is much darker than the Jetsons. This score plays more on emotions, rather than on screen action. I am not going to go into an indepth track by track break down of this score for the sake of brevity. Among the highlights of this score are the brooding sound of "Jonny Reflects," track eighteen, the action music of "Escape in Rome," track twenty one, and the lengthy action sequence "Destruction of Dr. Zin," track 24.

    Jetsons: ****
    Jonny's Golden Quest: ***

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