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Onward
(2020)
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Composed and Produced by:
Mychael Danna
Jeff Danna

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd

Co-Orchestrated by:
Neal Desby
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Walt Disney Records
(February 28th, 2020)
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Commercial digital release only.
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Buy it... if you specifically appreciated the rock interludes and affable main theme in the context of the film, for they carry the spirit of the score better than its orchestral fantasy core.

Avoid it... if you expect Mychael and Jeff Danna to provide a truly dynamic and resounding environment for this concept, the recording shallow and mix overly dry.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,952
WRITTEN 1/2/21
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M. Danna
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Onward: (Mychael Danna/Jeff Danna) No major film was harmed more by the 2020 pandemic than the animated Disney/Pixar adventure, Onward. Released just a few weeks prior to the closing of theatres, the movie attempted a comeback on the digital market but ultimately lost the studios a significant amount of money. The story was critically praised but still rather odd; a fantasy world of mythical creatures lives in an otherwise contemporary technological environment, and two teenage elf brothers in ordinary suburbia decide to resurrect long lost magic to bring their deceased father back to life for a day. Hindered by their silly antics for comedic relief, they set off on a journey to seek out gems to make this happen, their mother in pursuit. The movie offers traditional fantasy battles in its latter half, punctuated by a bittersweet reunion scene that doesn't generate as much emotional response as achieved in the more accomplished Pixar stories. On the upside, a quip one character makes about being a lesbian did manage to get the film banned or altered in Russia and a number of Arab countries, where the concept of a horned female cyclops engaged in sex with another horned female cyclops is a violation of law. A bevy of vintage rock music was meant to be built directly into the score for the film because of the prominent role of the cassette player in the 1970's-styled family van the elves take on the journey. Handling the range of source-like rock, orchestral fantasy, and everything in between are composing brothers Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna. The assignment was one of significant, coincidental personal connection for them, as the two lost their own father early in life as well; as such, they confess that the project was one of surprising emotional weight. Their prior lone entry in the Pixar realm had been The Good Dinosaur which, unfortunately, was the studio's only other major financial flop, so the Dannas' record with these films has a bit of misfortune attached. Their music for animated films ranges from decent to good, 2019's The Addams Family another frenetic example of their talents in the genre.


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Average: 3.04 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 62:31
• 1. Carried Me With You - performed by Brandi Carlile (3:33)
• 2. Quests of Yore (0:52)
• 3. The World Was Full of Wonder (1:37)
• 4. A Little Magic (0:43)
• 5. Bad Dragon (1:03)
• 6. New Ian (2:36)
• 7. My Mighty Steed (0:22)
• 8. My Birthday is Cancelled (0:42)
• 9. Wish I Could Spend the Day With You (1:46)
• 10. The Visitation Spell (3:35)
• 11. The Spell (1:06)
• 12. The Spell Only Lasts One Day (0:56)
• 13. Find Another Phoenix Gem (0:49)
• 14. Going on a Quest (0:24)
• 15. Laurel in Pursuit (0:44)
• 16. The Manticore's Tavern (0:43)
• 17. Tavern Remodeling (1:12)
• 18. The Map to Raven's Point (1:45)
• 19. Two Teenage Elves (0:38)
• 20. Magnora Gantuan! (0:32)
• 21. Baby Legs (0:41)
• 22. Pixie Dusters (1:17)
• 23. The Guardian Curse (0:42)
• 24. Driving Test (3:17)
• 25. Dance Fight (2:22)
• 26. Path of Peril (0:41)
• 27. Pawn Shop (0:28)
• 28. Tracking Guinevere (1:04)
• 29. Bottomless Pit (0:56)
• 30. The Trust Bridge (1:20)
• 31. Follow Your Gut (0:52)
• 32. Running From the Cops (1:59)
• 33. Sacrifice (0:59)
• 34. Just a Beat Up Old Van (1:36)
• 35. The Cave (0:54)
• 36. Accelior! (0:26)
• 37. Boom Bastia! (0:47)
• 38. Barley's Last Memory of Dad (0:58)
• 39. Led Us to Our Victory! (1:49)
• 40. The Truth Comes Out (0:39)
• 41. Share My Life With Him (3:24)
• 42. Battling the Dragon (3:03)
• 43. Voltar Thunderseer! (0:59)
• 44. Dad (2:52)
• 45. Magic Returns (2:48)

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