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Dumbo
(2019)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Rick Wentworth

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
David Slonaker
Edward Trybek
Pete Anthony

Additional Music by:
Chris Bacon
T.J. Lindgren
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(April 5th, 2019)
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Regular U.S. release. The CD album was released three weeks after the digital option.
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Buy it... if there is no limit to your affection for Danny Elfman's standard methodology for wholesome children's genre fantasy, this score very firmly anchored within the composer's comfort zone.

Avoid it... if you've never been able to tolerate Elfman's instincts towards carnival music, his source-like production here as much a weakness as his rather diluted secondary themes for the story's human characters.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,908
WRITTEN 7/7/19
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Dumbo: (Danny Elfman) Efforts by Walt Disney Studios to revitalize their classic animated properties with live-action versions hit a speed bump in early 2019, yielding multiple critical flops and disappointing box office returns. Failing to resonate at all was Tim Burton's adaptation of the classic 1941 animated tale Dumbo, never the most popular Disney concept but one worthy of better treatment than Burton's visually dazzling but otherwise surprisingly heartless reprise. The concept was otherwise perfect for Burton's sensibilities, the dirty and sometimes wicked, vintage carnival atmosphere appealing to his knack for glorifying disabilities in oddball fantasy circumstances. The story of 2019's Dumbo drops some of the more controversial elements of the original screenplay, including the controversial crows, and extends new plotlines to fill a feature's length. Realizing the human roles is a familiar collection of favorite Burton players, and foremost in extending the spirit of the director's persona is his continued collaboration with composer Danny Elfman. After more than two dozen films together, it's not challenging to imagine what type of music Elfman would produce for Dumbo. Just as the film existed dead-center in the wheelhouse of Burton, it occupied the same place for Elfman, who has confessed on many occasions to his affection for bizarre circus music. With the titular character once again maintaining no speaking lines, Elfman's score serves as his voice, representing all the sadness and, eventually, joy experienced by the deformed elephant. The assignment for the veteran composer was complicated by the extent to which he would interpolate musical themes by Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace from the 1941 picture into his own work. The two men won an Academy Award for their Dumbo score, and one of the film's songs, "Baby Mine" (with lyricist Ned Washington), was widely recognized as well. That song was the basis for the new film's trailer and inspired several covers, one of which by Canadian rock band Arcade Fire featured over the film's end credits. An in-character rendition of "Baby Mine" punctuates an important moment in the narrative, too. The songs "Casey Junior" and "Pink Elephants on Parade" are recognized with one major moment a piece in Elfman's score as well, the former a notable highlight in the boisterous cue, "Train's a Comin'."



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 60:55
• 1. Logos - Intro (0:59)
• 2. Train's a Comin'* (2:05)
• 3. The Homecoming (2:40)
• 4. Meet the Family (2:29)
• 5. Stampede! (3:35)
• 6. Baby Mine* - performed by Sharon Rooney (1:44)
• 7. Dumbo's Theme (2:31)
• 8. Clowns 1 (1:01)
• 9. Vandevere's Arrival (1:25)
• 10. Dumbo Soars (1:25)
• 11. Happy Days (1:00)
• 12. Goodbye Mrs. Jumbo (1:40)
• 13. Photographs - First Flight (2:25)
• 14. Colosseum (0:21)
• 15. Pink Elephants on Parade* (1:48)
• 16. Colette's Theme (1:06)
• 17. First Rehearsal (2:55)
• 18. Clowns 2 (0:39)
• 19. Nightmare Island (3:46)
• 20. Dumbo in Hell (1:10)
• 21. Holt in Action (0:52)
• 22. Searching for Milly (2:29)
• 23. The Breakout (3:08)
• 24. Rescuing the Farriers (1:40)
• 25. The Final Confrontation (4:58)
• 26. Medici Circus - Miracles Can Happen (4:21)
• 27. Baby Mine* - performed by Arcade Fire (2:57)
• 28. Soaring Suite (Bonus Track) (2:41)
• 29. Carnival Music (Bonus Track) (1:06)
* contains musical themes from the 1941 film

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