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Fantastic Mr. Fox [Original Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Nearly all of Wes Anderson's films have had a strong sense of childlike wonder, but Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is based on Roald Dahl's charming book, is his first film specifically for children. The movie's soundtrack manages to take nearly all of Anderson's musical fascinations -- Anglophilia, Francophilia, '60s pop and rock, and music from other gentler and/or quirkier times -- and tailor them to a younger audience. Though Anderson's films and their soundtracks have been criticized for valuing style over substance, Fantastic Mr. Fox's stylization is fitting, given that the film's characters are stop-motion animal puppets. The soundtrack's songs and Alexandre Desplat's ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Nearly all of Wes Anderson's films have had a strong sense of childlike wonder, but Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is based on Roald Dahl's charming book, is his first film specifically for children. The movie's soundtrack manages to take nearly all of Anderson's musical fascinations -- Anglophilia, Francophilia, '60s pop and rock, and music from other gentler and/or quirkier times -- and tailor them to a younger audience. Though Anderson's films and their soundtracks have been criticized for valuing style over substance, Fantastic Mr. Fox's stylization is fitting, given that the film's characters are stop-motion animal puppets. The soundtrack's songs and Alexandre Desplat's score mix delicacy and rough-and-tumble energy while reminding listeners of what children's movies and music used to be like before being cool took precedence over everything else. While there are two songs from Anderson favorites the Beach Boys, "Heroes and Villains" and "Ol' Man River," it's Burl Ives who contributes the most songs to Fantastic Mr. Fox. Ives' grandfatherly tone made him one of the most enduring and endearing voices in children's entertainment, and the tracks that appear here "Fooba Wooba John," "Buckeye Jim," and "The Grey Goose" dig into his pastoral folk roots. Likewise, the Wellingtons' "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" conjures instant nostalgia and childhood adventure, both of which are echoed in Desplat's score. Cues like "Jimmy Squirrel and Co." and "Boggis, Bunce, and Bean" are as twinkly and precious as previous Anderson film scores, but more rural elements like banjo and Jew's harp roughen them up enough to fit in with the soundtrack's overall folky feel. Meanwhile, "Just Another Dead Rat in a Garbage Pail Behind a Chinese Restaurant," "Great Harrowsford Square," and "Stunt Expo 2004" have a spaghetti Western-like air of danger and intrigue that sets the stage for the somber "Canis Lupis" and Georges Delerue's noble "Le Grand Choral." Moodier moments aside, Fantastic Mr. Fox is mostly gleeful, especially on the Bobby Fuller Four's "Let Her Dance," Jarvis Cocker's "Fantastic Mr. Fox aka Petey's Song," and the Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man" -- this may be one of the only children's films where a song about "violent revolution" is actually appropriate. While this album is less about digging into Anderson's deep record collection than his other film's soundtracks have been, Fantastic Mr. Fox may be the most purely joyous one since Rushmore.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/2009
  • Label: Abkco
  • UPC: 018771025627
  • Catalog Number: 02562
  • Sales rank: 35,068

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 American empirical Pictures (0:14)
  2. 2 The Ballad of Davy - Wellingtons (1:40)
  3. 3 Mr. Fox in the Fields (1:02)
  4. 4 Heroes and Villains - The Beach Boys (3:37)
  5. 5 Fooba Wooba John - Burl Ives (1:06)
  6. 6 Boggis, Bunce, and Bean (0:51)
  7. 7 Jimmy Squirrel and Co. (0:46)
  8. 8 Love - Nancy Adams (1:49)
  9. 9 Buckeye Jim - Burl Ives (1:19)
  10. 10 High-Speed French Train (1:26)
  11. 11 Whack-Bat Majorette (2:56)
  12. 12 The Grey Goose - Burl Ives (2:48)
  13. 13 Bean's Secret Cidar Cellar (2:06)
  14. 14 Une Petite Île - Georges Delerue (1:35)
  15. 15 Street Fighting Man - The Rolling Stones (3:14)
  16. 16 Fantastick Mr. Fox AKA Petey's Song - Jarvis Cocker (1:20)
  17. 17 Night and Day - Art Tatum (1:27)
  18. 18 Kristofferson's Theme (1:35)
  19. 19 Just Another Dead Rat in a Garbage Pail (behind a Chinese Restaurant) (2:33)
  20. 20 Le Grand Choral - Georges Delerue (2:23)
  21. 21 Great Harrowsford Square (3:20)
  22. 22 Stunt Expo 2004 (2:27)
  23. 23 Canis Lupus (1:15)
  24. 24 Ol' Man River - The Beach Boys (1:18)
  25. 25 Let Her Dance - The Bobby Fuller Four (2:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alexandre Desplat Conductor
Technical Credits
Burl Ives Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Van Dyke Parks Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
George Burns Composer
Georges Delerue Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Wes Anderson Composer, Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Peter Cobbin Engineer
Jarvis Cocker Composer
Bobby Fuller Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Keith Richards Composer
George Bruns Composer
Randall Poster Producer
Jean Pierre Sluys Engineer
Tom Blackburn Composer
Roald Dahl Composer
Andrew Dudman Engineer
Traditional Composer
Jessica Dolinger Licensing
Floyd Huddleston Composer
Sam O'Kell Engineer
Alexandre Desplat Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Tristan Monrocq Digital Editing
Lucy Whalley Assistant Contractor
John Barrett Digital Editing
Marie Christine Desplat Orchestration
Gregoire Garrigues Engineer
Jean-Pascal Beintus Orchestration
Noah Baumbach Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This was good

    I'm not one who is generally very interested in Soundtracks but this one is actually quite good. A few weeks ago my husband and I took a Sunday drive and popped the Fantastic Mr.Fox into our CD player. The songs made us both smile :o).

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