Chicken Little [Original Soundtrack]

Chicken Little [Original Soundtrack]

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by John Debney
     
 

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As with many movie spin-off soundtracks, rhyme or reason for the selection of the tracks isn’t a major concern here. Still, for sheer enjoyment, Chicken Little brings together enough pop-proven items that it pays off quite nicely. It’s not everyday that R.E.M. rubs up against Diana Ross, for example, but when the songs are as strong as “It’s the End of theSee more details below

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As with many movie spin-off soundtracks, rhyme or reason for the selection of the tracks isn’t a major concern here. Still, for sheer enjoyment, Chicken Little brings together enough pop-proven items that it pays off quite nicely. It’s not everyday that R.E.M. rubs up against Diana Ross, for example, but when the songs are as strong as “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” you go with the flow with a smile on your face. Add in Patti LaBelle’s remake of her grooving Beverly Hills Cop hit “Stir It Up,” with Joss Stone pitching in, Five for Fighting’s fine take on the Art Garfunkel classic “All I Know,” the Cheeta Girls ripping through the old R&B anthem “Shake a Tail Feather,” and the delightful soon-to-be-classic “One Little Slip” from Barenaked Ladies, and you’ve got a winner on your hands. Not to overlook the thoroughly goofy voice cast takes on “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” “We Are the Champions,” and “Wannabe.” Great art? Not really. Big fun? Definitely.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Chicken Little is a pretty standard soundtrack for Disney circa the mid-2000s, offering a mix of the studio's own teen pop and a handful of vintage tracks along with excerpts of John Debney's score and songs sung by the film's characters. While Patti LaBelle and Joss Stone's reworking of LaBelle's hit "Stir It Up" ends up being a little less distinctive than the original and Five for Fighting's piano ballad "All I Know" feels a bit too gloomy within the context of the album's other songs, Barenaked Ladies' "One Little Slip" and R.E.M.'s especially apt "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" capture the film's quirky charm. This vibe is especially apparent on the songs performed by the Chicken Little cast; "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," Chicken Little's "We Are the Champions," and Abby Mallard and Runt of the Litter's "Wannabe" play like barnyard karaoke and have an appealingly silly charm. However, Debney's witty, malleable score might be the best part of the soundtrack. Ranging from the appropriately melodramatic, bombastic "The Sky Is Falling" to the triumphant majesty of "The Big Game" to the whimsical antics of "Dodgeball," Debney's compositions do a great job of embodying the film's quick emotional shifts. While Chicken Little is a slightly uneven soundtrack, its best moments should please fans of the movie.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2005
Label:
Walt Disney Records
UPC:
0050086137275
catalogNumber:
861372
Rank:
141466

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Debney   Primary Artist,Conductor
Patti LaBelle   Vocals
Diana Ross   Vocals
Barenaked Ladies   Group
R.E.M.   Group
Five for Fighting   Group
John Ondrasik   Vocals
Dana Ross   Vocals
Don Knotts   Vocals
Steve Zahn   Vocals
Joss Stone   Vocals
Cheetah Girls   Group
Patrick Stewart   Vocals
Zach Braff   Vocals
Garry Marshall   Vocals
Amy Sedaris   Vocals
Joan Cusack   Vocals
Dan Molina   Vocals
Tim Davis   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Freddie Mercury   Composer
Andre Williams   Composer
Nelson Kole   Vocal Coach
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Barenaked Ladies   Producer
Nick Ashford   Composer
William Berry   Composer
Robbie Buchanan   Producer
Peter Buck   Composer
Greg Dennon   Scoring Recordist
Mark Eshelman   Scoring Assistant
Mark Hammond   Producer
Jay Landers   Associate Music Producer
Dave Marquette   Scoring Assistant
Mike Mills   Composer
Chris Montan   Executive Producer
Shawn Murphy   Engineering
Ann Orson   Composer
Jim Scott   Producer,Engineering
Danny Sembello   Composer
Steve Shapiro   Arranger,Producer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Michael Stipe   Composer
Allee Willis   Composer
Frank Wolf   Engineering
Steven Page   Composer
Dave Dillbeck   Engineering
Sandy De Crescent   Score Conductor
Wolfgang Amadeus   Engineering
John Ondrasik   Producer
Tom Hardisty   Scoring Recordist
John Debney   Composer
Geri Halliwell   Composer
Jay Selvester   Scoring Assistant
Verlie Rice   Composer
Reggie Wilson   Song Contractor
Melanie B.   Composer
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar   Mastering
Jason Lloyd   Scoring Assistant
Emma Bunton   Composer
Steve Schapiro   Producer
Steve Sterling   Art Direction
Glen Lajeski   Marketing
Melanie Jayne Chisholm   Composer
Adam Michalak   Scoring Recordist
Victoria Beckham   Composer
Otha Hayes   Composer
Rich Wheeler   Scoring Assistant
Bryan Clements   Scoring Assistant
Jamie Oliver   Scoring Assistant
Deniece Hall   Pre-production Coordinator
Lola Debney   Score Coordinator
Melanie Mullens Hoyson   Score Production Coordinator
Sam Kriger   Vocal Coach
Pieter Schlosser   Engineering
Jamie Olvera   Scoring Assistant
Matthew Rowbottom   Composer
Pieter A. Schlosser   Engineering
David Dillbeck   Engineering
David Marquette   Scoring Assistant
Greg Dennen   Scoring Recordist
Ed Robertson   Composer
Carte Blanche   Composer

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