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Sonic the Hedgehog
(2020)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL)

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Edward Trybek

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jonathan Beard
Henri Wilkenson

Additional Music by:
Antonio Di Lorio
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Paramount Music / La-La Land Records
(January 30th, 2020)
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Commercial digital release. The CD is limited to 2,000 copies and available initially for $16 through soundtrack specialty outlets. Also available on vinyl.
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Buy it... if you admire competently rendered, harmlessly affable children's music with just enough connection to the concept's past to function as a cinematic extension of the same general sound.

Avoid it... if you demand a blend of orchestral and vintage game tones as masterful as Henry Jackman's Wreck-it-Ralph scores, this entry a clear step behind.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,963
WRITTEN 12/27/20
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Sonic the Hedgehog: (Tom Holkenborg) It's puzzling to imagine why anyone would want to watch a film about a video game character that they should rightfully be playing as instead, but Sega's "Sonic the Hedgehog" was one of those concepts that Sony and later Paramount spent decades trying to adapt to the big screen. The final product by the latter studio was delayed significantly because the rendering of the titular blue hedgehog was deemed too bizarrely human-like in the first cut of the film. Indeed, people do care about such things. When Sonic the Hedgehog finally debuted in early 2020, the more faithful depiction and Jim Carrey's engrossing performance as the live-action tale's villain, Dr. Robotnik, propelled the film to surprising success, this despite a rather pointless screenplay as one might expect. Sonic arrives on Earth (Green Hills exists in Montana, oddly, despite that state not looking like the video game's most famed setting much at all) and befriends a local police officer who helps Sonic escape evil Dr. Robotnik's attempts to capture him for the American military. As asinine as that sounds, a Sonic film sequel was green-lit almost immediately. The legacy of the early 1990's video game factors into the music for Sonic the Hedgehog as well, Masato Nakamura's hypnotically cheesy but chipper material for the concept remaining engrained for many enthusiasts. The assignment for scoring the adaptation would have seemed the best natural fit for Henry Jackman and his crew, who had mastered the blend of early synthesized game music and fully orchestral force in Wreck-it-Ralph, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Pokemon Detective Pikachu. Rather, synthetic music enthusiast extraordinaire Tom Holkenborg, having dropped his stage name of Junkie XL for his film music career, tackled Sonic the Hedgehog with zeal. As the owner of rare early Yamaha equipment, Holkenborg initially suggested that the tone of Nakamura's vintage recordings play a larger role in this score, though director Jeff Fowler steering him towards a more conventional, symphonic approach because of the more dramatic narrative of the movie.


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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 42:47
• 1. Meet Sonic (Before We Start I Gotta Tell You This) (1:32)
• 2. Welcome to Green Hills (2:01)
• 3. A Very Lonely Life (2:50)
• 4. Dr. Robotnik (2:56)
• 5. That Would Work (1:48)
• 6. Is That a Drone (3:22)
• 7. Things to Do Before I Die (1:19)
• 8. A Visit From the Doctor (4:01)
• 9. But I Will Always be Faster (4:19)
• 10. SF-Paris-Egypt-SF (3:18)
• 11. Skyscraper (3:24)
• 12. Not a Baby Bigfoot (2:37)
• 13. He is My Friend (4:51)
• 14. A New Home (1:14)
• 15. Sonic the Hedgehog (3:15)

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The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film.
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