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The Willoughbys
(2020)
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Composed and Produced by:
Mark Mothersbaugh

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
John Ashton Thomas

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jordan Seigel
Geoff Lawson
Dave Foster

Additional Music by:
John Enroth
Albert Fox
Pete Seibert
Tim Jones
Wataru Hokoyama
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BMG Rights Management
(April 22nd, 2020)
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Buy it... if you've appreciated Mark Mothersbaugh's flashes of orchestral prowess in previous work, the finale of this score containing some of his most impressive recordings.

Avoid it... if Mothersbaugh's wild tendencies annoy you to no end, the big band swings, faux classical pomposity, vintage electronica, slide guitars and ukulele, and yodeling all together a recipe for madness.
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WRITTEN 1/10/21
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The Willoughbys: (Mark Mothersbaugh) Those who work in the foster care industry have much to protest about the insanity of Netflix's 2020 animated children's film, The Willoughbys. Parental abuse, orphan rebellion, and foster care nightmares are all topics plundered for this wildly stupid but generally entertaining flick in which the four children of a wealthy family revolt to attempt the vacation deaths of their uncaring parents. In the animation style of Hotel Transylvania and The Addams Family, these kids spend the film sticking together in their plight for freedom from the parents, a supposedly evil nanny, and a variety of external forces that drive them apart. With a talented voice cast, The Willoughbys earned significant critical and audience praise despite its disturbing narrative undercurrents. Reuniting with director Kris Pearn after collaborating on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is musician extraordinaire Mark Mothersbaugh, whose long career transition from Devo new wave darling wearing funny hats into an orchestral film score composer wearing funny hats continues. While taking much longer, his career arc has followed the path of Danny Elfman's to a great degree if not for the fact that Mothersbaugh never really broke through into the non-children's-genre mainstream outside of a notable foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Thor: Ragnarok in 2017. Mothersbaugh's extensive credits in the animated movie realm are highlighted by his repeated work in the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania, and The Lego Movie franchises, much of it flashing moments of greatness despite the scores typically remaining too fragmented to appreciate apart from their films. In many of these assignments, as well as Thor: Ragnarok, the composer shows significant prowess with a full symphonic ensemble, reinforcing notions that he could write magnificent dramatic film music if ever called to do so. The Willoughbys contains more of the same but with even wilder swings between the impressive and insufferable passages, and, to its credit, it is perhaps the funniest Mothersbaugh score to date.


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Average: 2.94 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 55:33
• 1. The Willoughbys (1:36)
• 2. Main Title (1:16)
• 3. The Willoughby Boogie (1:06)
• 4. Stealing Food (2:43)
• 5. It Was a Dark and Stormy Night (2:19)
• 6. The Willoughby Boogie Reprise (0:55)
• 7. Here Beastie Beastie (1:27)
• 8. Melanoff's Magnificent Mustache (2:35)
• 9. Brochure Montage (1:33)
• 10. The Warmest Glove/Parents Depart (2:08)
• 11. We Are Orphans (0:52)
• 12. Nanny's Arrival (2:05)
• 13. Man of the House (0:48)
• 14. You Disrespect My Oats (1:28)
• 15. Melanoff's Factory (2:15)
• 16. I Want Her to Stay (2:36)
• 17. Parents Are Still Alive (1:28)
• 18. We Unite As Willoughbys (2:12)
• 19. The Perfect Family (1:26)
• 20. Willoughby Beast (1:38)
• 21. I'm Bustin You Out (4:01)
• 22. Escape (1:44)
• 23. Chase/Rainbow Zeppelin (4:56)
• 24. Follow the Yarn (3:03)
• 25. Defrosting the Parents/We're All Going to Freeze (3:22)
• 26. The New Family (2:39)
• 27. Meat Mustache/Shark (1:22)

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