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The Good Dinosaur
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Composed and Produced by:
Mychael Danna
Jeff Danna

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd
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Walt Disney Records
(November 20th, 2015)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate the Danna brothers' consistent knack for instrumental diversity, their broad palette of sounds favoring Americana colors in this likable drama score.

Avoid it... if the creativity of the instrumentation does not interest you compared to thematic complexity, this score's ideas relatively simple by design and the narrative arc predictably plain.
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WRITTEN 1/5/16
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The Good Dinosaur: (Mychael Danna/Jeff Danna) The remarkable streak of fiscal success experienced by Pixar through the years was bound to eventually come to an end, and the studio could have predicted that the much-troubled production of The Good Dinosaur would represent that failure. Released late in 2015 despite an original target date of 2013, the film featured a script that had been under so many changes over the previous five years that the original director, producer, cast, and 67 regular studio employees were removed or laid off because nobody could figure out how to end the movie. The plot has always suggested an alternate universe in which dinosaurs had not gone extinct but had instead evolved to function much like the farmers and ranchers of America's Old West. A family of peaceful, farming Apatosaurus dinosaurs has a little runt of a son that can't really fit in with the family, and when he is swept away in a storm, he teams up with a little caveman boy to survive amongst nastier and bigger species of dinosaurs and eventually find his way back home to acceptance. The story balances an intriguing concept, the appeals of the old Montana landscape and lifestyles, a few Western genre staples of character design, a focus on nature as the primary antagonist, and a surprisingly depressing sense of loss in parts to create a concept never seen before. Despite all the desperate attempts by Pixar to salvage the film, it became a box office dud, the studio's worst performer since A Bug's Life, and was projected to be the first of its cinematic projects to lose money. Among the somewhat unusual production decisions for The Good Dinosaur was the choice of the director and producer to approach Mychael Danna to score the film after his attractively emotional music embellishing abandonment for Life of Pi. Danna, perhaps sensing that the project was going to involve substantial work (the history of the production could have suggested significant re-scoring might be needed in the end), enlisted the assistance of his brother, Jeff, to write the score. The two had collaborated before (even earning an Emmy nomination together) and Jeff brought guitar skills to the table that would prove critical to the score's demeanor. They saw the Montana landscape as the defining element in guiding the music, setting the stage for an Americana score calling upon some lighter fare for the two main characters. The music had to fill an extremely important role in the film's mix given the lack of dialogue, the sounds of wind and water the primary competition for the score.

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Average: 3.32 Stars
***** 27 5 Stars
**** 40 4 Stars
*** 40 3 Stars
** 25 2 Stars
* 11 1 Stars
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Brendan Cochran - July 23, 2016, at 9:55 a.m.
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Is the tracklist in movie order? *NM*   Expand >>
Leo - January 9, 2016, at 10:22 p.m.
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Newest: March 18, 2016, at 9:12 p.m. by
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Total Time: 63:22
• 1. Homestead (2:11)
• 2. Hello Arlo (2:49)
• 3. Chores (0:55)
• 4. Make Your Mark (2:07)
• 5. Fireflies (2:16)
• 6. Critter Problem (1:04)
• 7. You're Me and More (3:05)
• 8. Family Struggle (1:23)
• 9. Swept Away (1:33)
• 10. Mountain Top (0:51)
• 11. Lost in the World (3:35)
• 12. Offerings (1:32)
• 13. Unexpected Friend (2:56)
• 14. Pet Collector (2:24)
• 15. Swimming Lessons (2:29)
• 16. Orphans (4:39)
• 17. The Storm (1:17)
• 18. I'm Never Getting Home (0:44)
• 19. Storm Chasers (1:22)
• 20. Bloodhound (1:37)
• 21. Fight Them Rustlers (1:46)
• 22. Run With the Herd (3:51)
• 23. Returned Call (1:25)
• 24. Sky Sharks (1:46)
• 25. Arlo's Vision (1:35)
• 26. Rescue (2:31)
• 27. Over the Falls (2:41)
• 28. Goodbye Spot (4:12)
• 29. Homecoming (1:24)
• 30. Arlo Makes His Mark (1:22)

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