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Looney Tunes: Back in Action
(2003)
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2003 Varèse
2021 Varèse
Album 2 Cover Art
Co-Composed, Co-Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Conducted by:
John Debney

Co-Orchestrated by:
Mark McKenzie
Pete Anthony
Frank Bennett
Lars Clutterham
Brad Dechter
James Honeyman
Eddie Karam
John Kull
Don Nemitz
Cameron Patrick
Conrad Pope
Evan Vidar
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(November 18th, 2003)

Varèse Sarabande
(January 8th, 2021)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 2003 album was a regular commercial release. The 2021 Varèse "Deluxe Edition" is limited to 2,500 copies on CD and available initially for $25 through soundtrack specialty outlets. It was also made available digitally for $20.
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Buy it... if you can appreciate and enjoy Jerry Goldsmith's masterful talent for parody on a grand orchestral scale, his work thoroughly referencing classic cartoon stereotypes and his own, previously established genre techniques.

Avoid it... if you appreciate those Goldsmith's talents but find them challenging in the context of the rapidly changing genres of single-minute cues defined by frantic, energetic flair and mayhem.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #270
WRITTEN 11/21/03, REVISED 5/9/21
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Debney
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Looney Tunes: Back in Action: (Jerry Goldsmith/John Debney) Back in 1988, the idea of having animated characters share the screen with live actors and sets for an entire film was introduced with much fanfare and mainstream buzz in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Due to studio quarrels and ongoing technical difficulties, however, the marketability of that concept of live and animated action interacting in major films faded from the popular spotlight. With the success of Space Jam and the technical aspects of the prospect easier to render in the 2000's, Warner Brothers resurrected the idea and pushed it to the forefront in full force with 2003's Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Directed by Joe Dante, the film follows the plot outline of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?'s backlot studio infighting between our favorite animated characters, but it also takes an adventure around the world with their live action counterparts (Brandan Frasier and Jenna Elfman) in search for the mythical "Blue Monkey Diamond," which hopefully had nothing to do with the real-life blue diamond pills that men all over the world were taking those days to satisfy their women. Dante was well rehearsed in making films such as this one, with a long list of pop-culture comedies going back to the middle of the 1980's and alternating between positively funny and grossly dumb projects. For the director, the film represented the end of his big-screen run, poor critical and box office response to Looney Tunes: Back in Action sending Dante back to the television realm. One staple of his cinematic projects was the music of his trusty friend, composer Jerry Goldsmith, who scored such notable Dante entries as the Gremlins films, The 'Burbs, Matinee, and Small Soldiers. The composer's contribution for Looney Tunes: Back in Action proved to be a sentimental farewell that would truly test his ability to generate wild slapstick, shtick action at an extremely energizing pace of movement.


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Average: 3.35 Stars
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*** 327 3 Stars
** 198 2 Stars
* 121 1 Stars
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Looney Tunes: Back in Action Formula
Bruno Costa - December 8, 2010, at 3:11 p.m.
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Looney and great music from the late maestro
Jouko Yli-Kiikka - May 7, 2008, at 4:58 a.m.
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)   Expand >>
N.R.Q. - May 28, 2007, at 7:40 a.m.
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John Debney's Orchestrations
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Classical music in the paris museum scene
Onie - April 10, 2005, at 9:41 p.m.
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song during car chase   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2003 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 37:18
• 1. Life Story* (0:18)
• 2. What's Up? (1:24)
• 3. Another Take (0:48)
• 4. Dead Duck Walking (3:13)
• 5. Out of the Bag (3:42)
• 6. Blue Monkey (0:54)
• 7. In Style (1:09)
• 8. The Bad Guys (2:57)
• 9. Car Trouble (3:45)
• 10. Thin Air (1:24)
• 11. Area 52 (1:27)
• 12. Hot Pursuit (2:26)
• 13. We've Got Company (1:50)
• 14. I'll Take That (1:19)
• 15. Paris Street (1:21)
• 16. Free Fall (1:15)
• 17. Tasmanian Devil (1:10)
• 18. Jungle Scene (1:40)
• 19. Pressed Duck (3:22)
• 20. Re-Assembled (0:50)
• 21. Merry Go Round Broke Down** (0:16)
* Composed by Carl Stalling
** Composed by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin
2021 Varèse Set Tracks   ▼Total Time: 122:32

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 2003 album includes list of performers and a note from director Joe Dante about his collaboration with Goldsmith. That of the 2020 product contains extensive details about both the film and score.
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