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Fantastic Mr. Fox
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2009 Abkco
2010 Abkco
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jean-Pascal Beintus
Marie-Christine Desplat
Sylvain Morizet

Co-Produced by:
Wes Anderson
Randall Poster
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Abkco Records
(November 3rd, 2009)

Abkco Records
(March 2nd, 2010)
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The 2009 CD album is a regular U.S. release. The score-only 2010 album (subtitled "The Abbey Road Mixes") is available as a download product for $10.
Nominated for a BAFTA Award and an Academy Award.
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Buy it... on the regular CD album if you desire a faithful representation of the music heard in the film, from the plethora of likable songs from many decades ago to Alexandre Desplat's extremely perky parody score.

Avoid it... if you expect the twenty minutes of Desplat's plucky, bouncing score on the only lossless product available for the soundtrack to heal your schizophrenia, for it achieves its aim in providing a manic atmosphere for the film's characters at the expense of a sane listening experience.
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WRITTEN 2/18/10, REVISED 3/18/11
Fantastic Mr. Fox: (Alexandre Desplat) Delayed by several years of studio wrangling, this adaptation of the 1970 Roald Dahl children's novel used stop motion photography and an all-star cast to launch its way up to positions on critics' lists of top 2009 films. The clever and witty story tells of the battles of a fox and his family with three farmers neighboring his home, eventually escalating into all-out war between the three men and the vast majority of the animal kingdom. The creatures steal chickens and produce from the farmers and are forced to run an extensive digging operation to elude the extensive attempts by the humans to expose, trap, or flood them out. A series of metaphorical connections to everyday life in the human realm give Fantastic Mr. Fox its quirky charm, and in a fashion true to the spirit of the tale, the stealthy animals get the better of their enemies in the end. Despite almost unanimously positive reviews from critics, Fantastic Mr. Fox didn't become a noteworthy success story at the box office, also taking a back seat during the awards season. Nominated for an Academy Award for his efforts on the film, though, was composer Alexandre Desplat, in part a somewhat undeserving but predictable byproduct of the film's prominent use of a variety of original parody music, older soundtrack tunes, and popular songs from yesteryear. Due to Jarvis Crocker's employment as the voice of one of the characters in the film, he claimed that he wrote three or four songs for the production, though only one appears on its soundtrack album. Songs by The Beach Boys and Burl Ives dominate a soundtrack presentation that sprinkles other vintage melodies with a pair of early 1970's themes by French romance master Georges Delerue. The overall packaging, even in the film, was a challenging one for Desplat, whose contributions on the primary CD album may have only amounted to 20 minutes but do manage to maintain a basically cohesive flow. Enthusiasts of the composer will be able to seek an MP3 score-only album for a better presentation of his music alone. It had been ten years since Desplat's previous (and only other) entry in the animated genre, his mainstream career exploding in the late 2000's with a series of well-positioned assignments in the drama and fantasy genres. There is no doubt that Fantastic Mr. Fox gave Desplat a chance to toss aside his unique and increasingly consistent style of writing for such pictures and instead let loose with the intent to humorously parody several genres in the process of giving the Fox family and the pursuing farmers refreshingly silly musical representations.

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2009 CD Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 46:44
• 1. American Empirical Pictures (0:14)
• 2. The Ballad of Davy Crockett - performed by The Wellingtons (1:40)
• 3. Mr. Fox in the Fields (1:02)
• 4. Heroes and Villains - performed by The Beach Boys (3:37)
• 5. Fooba Wooba John - traditional, performed by Burl Ives (1:07)
• 6. Boggis, Bunce and Bean (0:51)
• 7. Jimmy Squirrel and Co. (0:46)
• 8. Love - performed by Nancy Adams (1:49)
• 9. Buckeye Jim - traditional, performed by Burl Ives (1:19)
• 10. High-Speed French Train (1:26)
• 11. Whack-Bat Majorette (2:56)
• 12. The Grey Goose - performed by Burl Ives (2:48)
• 13. Bean's Secret Cider Cellar (2:06)
• 14. Une Petite Ele - composed by Georges Delerue (1:34)
• 15. Street Fighting Man - performed by The Rolling Stones (3:14)
• 16. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Petey's Song) - performed by Jarvis Cocker (1:20)
• 17. Night and Day (written by Cole Porter, performed by Art Tatum (1:27)
• 18. Kristofferson's Theme (1:35)
• 19. Just Another Dead Rat in a Garbage Pail Behind a Chinese Restaurant (2:33)
• 20. Le Grand Choral - composed by Georges Delerue (2:23)
• 21. Great Harrowsford Square (3:20)
• 22. Stunt Expo 2004 (2:27)
• 23. Canis Lupus (1:15)
• 24. Ol' Man River - performed by The Beach Boys (1:18)
• 25. Let Her Dance - performed by The Bobby Fuller Four (2:35)
2010 Download Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 47:19

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The insert for neither album includes extra information about the score or film.
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