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Scoob!
(2020)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL)

Conducted by:
Conrad Pope

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jonathan Beard
Edward Trybek
Henri Wilkenson
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WaterTower Music
(May 29th, 2020)
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Buy it... if a wild mixture of 1960's psychedelia, hip hop suavity, industrial manipulation, and brief orchestral and choral grandeur is a perfect, trippy stimulant for your otherwise peaceful day.

Avoid it... if you hope to hear Tom Holkenborg adapt the established identities for classic Hanna-Barbera concepts into this overextended mess, the musical narrative diluted by too many unnecessary and underdeveloped new themes.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,979
WRITTEN 1/23/21
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Scoob!: (Tom Holkenborg) Sensing an opportunity to maximize the reach of its animated properties, Hanna-Barbera decided to create a "Cinematic Universe" of its own to infuse several of its most popular vintage cartoon characters into a new series of films. The basis for this merging is a reboot of the "Scooby-Doo" franchise that dates back to 1969 and had already been adapted to a pair of live action movies in the early 2000's. The scope of 2020's Scoob! was immense, tackling everything from the origins story of how Scooby-Doo and Shaggy Rogers became attached to their first adventures with Daphne Blake, Fred Jones, and Velma Dinkley, and introductions of various other studio characters like Dynomutt the Dog Wonder, Blue Falcon, Captain Caveman, and Dick Dastardly. The basic mystery plot is fairly typical to the countless straight-to-video "Scooby-Doo" entries that have existed for decades, but the incorporation of all the other properties on top of the origin story for the primary characters makes Scoob! a disjointed mess of a story. Critics weren't particularly forgiving, though amid expectations from Warner Brothers that the film would lose money, its combination of a limited international theatrical release despite the global pandemic and unexpectedly robust digital streaming numbers helped earn back more than anticipated. The movie's soundtrack has the usual collection of supporting songs throughout, and director Tony Cervone instructed composer Tom Holkenborg to largely ignore the thematic past of all the franchise scores and follow a new path based on particular styles of music. Holkenborg's transition from Junkie XL into a legitimately dependable film score composer by a real name accelerated in the late 2010's, and the duo of Scoob! and Sonic the Hedgehog in early 2020 represented a fascinating dive into the orchestral children's genre for the master of electronica. For the intellectual mind, Holkenborg's music for Scoob! is intriguing at the very least, expressing an extraordinary variety of styles and techniques in one whirlwind experience. On the other hand, it's damn-near insufferable for much of its length because of that very schizophrenic personality, a number of individual highlights both symphonic and electronic diminished by an utterly exhausting over-extension of ideas. Some of that haphazard, distracted nature is expected for a film like this, but while Holkenborg clearly attempted to devise a wealth of good ideas in the work, he totally fails at pulling them together into any semblance of a functional narrative.


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Holkenborg trying to do too much
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 47:52
• 1. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? (1:25)
• 2. Sandwich Bonding (1:03)
• 3. Scooby's Collar (0:46)
• 4. Haunted House (1:53)
• 5. First Case Solved (0:47)
• 6. Bowling for Robots (3:03)
• 7. Air Battle with Dastardly (2:50)
• 8. Dick and the Rottens (2:13)
• 9. Amusement Park Arrival (1:23)
• 10. Dastardly Attacks (0:56)
• 11. Hall of Mirrors (2:38)
• 12. Entry of the Gladiators (1:11)
• 13. Gang Escapes (2:53)
• 14. Legend of Cerberus/Muttley's Story (3:13)
• 15. Mystery Island Landing (1:05)
• 16. Dastardly Surprise (1:28)
• 17. Athens Arrival (4:39)
• 18. Cerberus Unleashed (3:14)
• 19. Blue Falcon (3:45)
• 20. Dick Finds Muttley (1:48)
• 21. Noble Sacrifice (5:39)

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