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The Secret Life of Pets 2
(2019)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Conrad Pope
Jean Pascal Beintus
Bill Newlin
Chad Cannon
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Back Lot Music
(July 19th, 2019)
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Buy it... if you lower your expectations for a basically sufficient but badly schizophrenic extension of Alexandre Desplat's playful tones from the prior film in the franchise.

Avoid it... if you adored Desplat's big band jazz and main theme from that film, for that identity and tone is largely lost in the disjointed, caper-oriented sequel score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,941
WRITTEN 11/19/19
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The Secret Life of Pets 2: (Alexandre Desplat) Despite ripping off the basic premise of the Toy Story franchise and applying it to domestic pets, the 2016 animated movie The Secret Life of Pets cleaned up at the box office and yielded a 2019 sequel. The second chapter only performed half as well in grosses and didn't particularly endear itself to critics, the concept taking the characters from the first film and offering them an even broader set of locations and action circumstances. Following three separate storylines for the various animals and bringing them together in the end, The Secret Life of Pets 2 attempts to further milk the idea that all our cats, dogs, and other beloved creatures break out into song and dance, as well as superhero antics, whenever we are not looking. The gag only goes so far, though. The script's response for novelty takes the animals through both a farm and a circus en route to a final chase sequence involving a train that elevates the superhero element. It's rather pedestrian stuff, and that ho-hum predictability extends to a soundtrack for The Secret Life of Pets 2 that includes a variety of hip hop and rap placements for humorous animal performances and another affable score by veteran French composer Alexandre Desplat. The two halves of the soundtrack absolutely do not jive at all, unfortunately, diminishing the score significantly. The personality of the first film allowed Desplat to conjure a big band jazz atmosphere that was rightly infectious, merged with witty orchestral accompaniment that gave the animals the larger-than-life personality and lifestyle boosts needed for the comedic element. For the sequel, the composer largely abandons that entire equation and instead tackles each of the new plot's general locations or character personalities individually. The result is a sufficient but haphazard score that loses all the cohesive aspects of the prior work and instead plays like a frenzied combination of animated stock techniques from Randy Newman (the Cars movies, specifically), Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles caper element), and Danny Elfman (the circus zaniness). There's nothing inherently wrong with any of these inspirations, but Desplat struggles to combine all of them into a sensible narrative that will leave you with the same lasting impressions of the predecessor, which itself was more style than memorable substance.



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Average: 2.66 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 66:27
• 1. It's Gonna Be A Lovely Day - performed by LunchMoney Lewis and Amine (3:52)
• 2. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard - performed by Jack Antonoff (2:47)
• 3. It's Snowtime, Baby! (2:20)
• 4. Max's Busy Bee (2:38)
• 5. Children's Heroes (2:15)
• 6. Road Trip (1:05)
• 7. Gidget's Dream (2:29)
• 8. Snowball's Workout (1:50)
• 9. Daisy's Story - Meet Sergei (2:12)
• 10. The Farm (2:01)
• 11. Fireflies (0:49)
• 12. Cat Lessons (2:22)
• 13. Keeping Liam Safe (1:08)
• 14. Max's Terrors (2:24)
• 15. Sergei's Circus (4:06)
• 16. Gidget's Mission (2:23)
• 17. Snowball's Swirl (1:37)
• 18. Sergei (2:59)
• 19. Herding (7:05)
• 20. Wolves & Daisy (1:45)
• 21. Max Finds His Howl (0:51)
• 22. Inner Rooster (4:27)
• 23. Goodbye Farm (0:52)
• 24. Train Chase (7:22)
• 25. Panda - performed by Kevin Hart (0:44)
• 26. It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day (The Secret Life of Pets 2) (Latin Mix)* - performed by LunchMoney Lewis & Ozuna (2:13)
* Track available only on the CD album
(Score running time: 56:54)

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