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Home on the Range
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Songs and Score Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Byron Gillimore
Tim McGraw
Mark Hammond

Song Lyrics by:
Glenn Slater

Songs and Score Orchestrated by:
Michael Starobin
Douglas Besterman
Danny Troob

Songs and Score Arranged and Conducted by:
Michael Kosarin

Yodeling by:
Randy Erwin
Kerry Christenson

Vocal Performances by:
k.d. lang
Randy Quaid
Bonnie Raitt
Tim McGraw
The Beu Sisters
Alan Menken
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Walt Disney Records
(March 30th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you long suffered from Alan Menken's absence from Disney during the late 1990's and early 2000's, for Home on the Range lovably reintroduced a decent shadow of his formula back into the studio's animated offerings.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear the quality that Menken produced in his efforts for the studio during his peak and later in the 2000's, because his songs don't adhere to satisfying narrative rules and the score is a reprise of City Slickers.
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WRITTEN 4/10/04, REVISED 10/10/11
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Home on the Range: (Alan Menken) Disney claimed for many years that each of its successive children's productions represented the "last 2-D animation" from their studios, but the format has endured longer than expected. One of these claims involved the 2004 flop Home on the Range, which, at 76 minutes in running time, may have best gone straight to video. Mainstream critics put a lashing on the film, a comedy in which talking animals help save their farm by taking matters into their own control (not exactly in Animal Farm fashion, but rather in a Wild West in which yodeling is used as a brainwashing technique on cows). The vocal talent was top notch as usual, led by Judi Dench, Cuba Gooding Jr., Steve Buscemi, and Roseanne Barr. The formula of Disney's 1990's musicals was clearly the mould for Home on the Range, which seemed like stab at easy profits in regards to its lowly production values, but it was perhaps fitting that songwriter Alan Menken be brought back for one more cookie-cutter 2-D musical for the studio. Enthusiasts of the composer were nevertheless optimistic about the opportunity to hear him in action more than ten years after he had left his most popular moment in the spotlight. Before his resurrection in the late 2000's, if you were to study a film composer's rapid ascent into stardom and equally hasty descent back into obscurity, then Menken would have been your perfect subject. Winning eight Academy Awards (more than Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, and half a dozen other major composers of the era combined) in the late 1980's and early 1990's, Menken already enjoyed a distinguished place in both the history of Hollywood musicals and film music legend. His vast popularity in 1992 was hard to measure; after The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, Menken was all the rage to kids, teens, and many adults. The entire concept of the animated musical was reborn, leading to a "best picture" Oscar nomination for Beauty and the Beast as a whole. It was not uncommon in those years for Menken to have two or three of his songs from any given film nominated for Oscars as well, and he alone caused the AMPAS reaction of creating separate score and song award categories for several years. But after sustaining interest with Pocahontas 1995, the animation world was changing from flat 2-D animation to modern CGI and 3-D, and the format of the musical was giving way to straight animated features.

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Average: 3.27 Stars
***** 154 5 Stars
**** 188 4 Stars
*** 194 3 Stars
** 108 2 Stars
* 94 1 Stars
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Worst. Menken. And. Disney. Score. Ever.
Jon Turner - July 1, 2007, at 10:27 p.m.
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Alternative review of Home on the Range at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - August 31, 2004, at 6:17 a.m.
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Thank you, Alan
-Danny Ocean - July 29, 2004, at 8:57 p.m.
1 comment  (2467 views)
oh god, he's back...   Expand >>
John - April 14, 2004, at 3:44 p.m.
6 comments  (4785 views)
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Just wanted to be the first   Expand >>
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Total Time: 38:56
• 1. (You Ain't) Home on the Range - performed by Chorus (1:13)
• 2. Little Patch of Heaven - performed by k.d. lang (2:45)
• 3. Yodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-Oo - performed by Randy Quaid and Chorus (2:43)
• 4. Will the Sun Ever Shine Again - performed by Bonnie Raitt (2:36)
• 5. (You Ain't) Home on the Range (Echo Mine Reprise) - performed by Chorus (1:01)
• 6. Wherever the Trail May Lead - performed by Tim McGraw (3:33)
• 7. Anytime You Need a Friend - performed by The Beu Sisters (3:21)
• 8. Cows in the Town/Saloon Song (1:09)
• 9. On the Farm (2:40)
• 10. Bad News (4:16)
• 11. Storm and the Aftermath* (3:06)
• 12. Cows to the Rescue* (3:08)
• 13. Buck (2:16)
• 14. My Farm is Saved/Little Patch of Heaven (Finale Reprise) - performed by k.d. lang (2:28)
• 15. Anytime You Need a Friend - performed by Alan Menken (2:35)
* includes excerpts from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly by Ennio Morricone (1966)

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