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The Croods: A New Age
(2020)
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2020 Back Lot
2020 Intrada
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Composed and Produced by:
Mark Mothersbaugh

Conducted by:
Alfonso Casado-Trigo

Co-Orchestrated by:
Tim Davies
Brian Byrne
Lorenzo Carrano
Ryan Humphrey
Jeremy Levy
Jordan Seigel

Additional Music by:
Pete Seibert
Wataru Hokoyama
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Back Lot Music
(Digital Release)
(November 20th, 2020)

Intrada Records
(CD Release)
(December 10, 2020)
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Both albums are regular commercial releases with the same contents, Back Lot Music offering the digital option and Intrada Records offering the CD option.
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Buy it... if you are comfortable with Mark Mothersbaugh's zanier children's comedy styles, his take on The Croods: A New Age occasionally engaging but challenging in its overblown theatrics.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear either of Alan Silvestri's wonderful themes for the 2013 predecessor, Mothersbaugh making only mere allusions to them and his execution far less appealing.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,992
WRITTEN 2/25/21
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The Croods: A New Age: (Mark Mothersbaugh) A sequel written by the directors of 2013's hit caveman animation film The Croods was long in development, delayed until 2020 and returning most of its cast for further adventures of the Croods family in prehistoric times. The comedy of The Croods: A New Age serves much the same purpose as the original, though this entry throws in some more socio-political implications when the cavemen meet a family known, not coincidentally, as the Bettermans. These comparatively sophisticated folks live in a giant tree house with nods towards modern advancements, bringing friction between the two families. They ultimately face a common enemy of angry monkeys and, after an hour of ridiculous action scenarios involving these people, everyone lives on as happy neighbors. The DreamWorks film was fortunate in that Universal released it to theatres just before the second wave of the 2020 pandemic struck later in the year, allowing it to accrue substantial box office returns before being dumped onto the streaming market. Although the 2013 picture offered a surprisingly good score from Alan Silvestri, the 2020 sequel hired Mark Mothersbaugh to again summon a score that could play nice with original songs for the topic. The timing of the pandemic put Mothersbaugh in a particularly challenging position, as he had finished writing the themes when lockdowns started and eventually had to finish work on the movie's vocals while battling the virus himself, an episode that sent him to an intensive care unit for 17 days. Mothersbaugh's previous major entry of the year was The Willoughbys, which, despite exhibiting all the usual antics of an animated comedy score, conveyed orchestral prowess not heard from the composer before. Unfortunately, that robust stance does not carry through to The Croods: A New Age, which is closer to the structuring of his music for The Lego Movie and its sequel. While there is some intelligence to his approach to individual cues, the score as a whole is a step backwards. More importantly, it's a significant diminishment compared to Silvestri's overachieving effort for the prior entry, especially with the songs of this film, one of which written by Mothersbaugh, nearly insufferable in tone and performance. Whereas Silvestri's score contained a surprising abundance of melodic grace for an orchestra, Mothersbaugh takes a less romantic view of the concept. Without the smoother and more refined style that Silvestri brought to the concept, the sequel's music instead reveals itself to be a pedestrian slapstick soundtrack.


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TRACK LISTINGS
Both Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 47:58
• 1. Guy's Backstory/Guy Meets Eep (2:17)
• 2. Cave Diary (1:18)
• 3. Meet the Croods (1:37)
• 4. Welcome to Tomorrow (1:33)
• 5. Feeding Frenzy (0:47)
• 6. BaNaNa (0:54)
• 7. Meet the Bettermans (1:35)
• 8. House Tour (0:32)
• 9. Meet Dawn (1:13)
• 10. Betterman's Plan (1:07)
• 11. A Betterman Day (1:30)
• 12. Scars Joy Ride (2:27)
• 13. Phil, Grug, Lazy River (1:37)
• 14. Caveman Mancave (2:53)
• 15. Picture Book/Drunken Arrival (2:25)
• 16. Word for Word/Betterman the Tool Maker (1:04)
• 17. Thunder Sisters (0:57)
• 18. Mothers and Daughters (2:15)
• 19. Bone Arena Fight (1:16)
• 20. New Tribe Names (1:00)
• 21. My First Love (3:00)
• 22. Working Together (1:17)
• 23. Explosive Love (1:52)
• 24. I Think I Love You - performed by Tenacious D (3:19)
• 25. Feel the Thunder (The Croods: A New Age) - performed by HAIM (2:50)
• 26. Travel Log/World's First Neighborhood (2:34)
• 27. We Are Here Together - performed by HAIM & Jack Black (2:51)

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The insert of the Intrada CD includes a note from the composer and list of performers.
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