Monsters vs. Aliens [Music from the Motion Picture]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Henry Jackman has labored in the soundtrack factory of Hans Zimmer, contributing ill-defined "additional music" to such films as Hancock, Kung Fu Panda, and The Da Vinci Code. He gets to step out on his own, with his name on the album cover, with Monsters vs. Aliens, which, despite a title that suggests a horror film franchise, is actually a CG animated children's movie. It seems that the only time a film composer gets to use his entire tool box of skills is when working on a live-action movie about comic-book superheroes or a cartoon like this one, and Jackman certainly uses his chance, employing a full orchestra to play a score that calls to mind the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Henry Jackman has labored in the soundtrack factory of Hans Zimmer, contributing ill-defined "additional music" to such films as Hancock, Kung Fu Panda, and The Da Vinci Code. He gets to step out on his own, with his name on the album cover, with Monsters vs. Aliens, which, despite a title that suggests a horror film franchise, is actually a CG animated children's movie. It seems that the only time a film composer gets to use his entire tool box of skills is when working on a live-action movie about comic-book superheroes or a cartoon like this one, and Jackman certainly uses his chance, employing a full orchestra to play a score that calls to mind the ambitious accompaniments to widescreen entertainments of the 1950s and, before them, the classical compositions of the Romantic Era. Jackman's task is to thrill, but not frighten, his young viewers, and in cues with titles like "Meet the Monsters," he manages to be weird without being scary. The producers of the soundtrack have kept in mind that it isn't only children who will be in the theater, but also parents and grandparents, so the music is sprinkled with oldies and novelty hits including everything from the Exciters' 1963 hit "Tell Him" to the B-52's new wave anthem "Planet Claire." These pop songs interrupt the proceedings periodically, leaving Jackman free to swing for the fences with his grand themes and masses of strings. He doesn't take any great risks, and as a result often echoes the modern master of this sort of score, John Williams, particularly on the climactic "The Ginormica Suite," with is very suggestive of Star Wars. Even then, however, the music isn't over. Movies like this have a lot of credits, and patrons are urged out of their seats with an electronic dance theme, "Monster Mojo," and one more novelty oldie, Sheb Wooley's "Purple People Eater."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • UPC: 780163406924
  • Catalog Number: 34069
  • Sales rank: 223,163

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Henry Jackman Primary Artist
Sheb Wooley Vocals, Track Performer
The B-52s Ensemble, Track Performer
The Exciters Vocal Ensemble
Little River Band Band, Track Performer
Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs Band
Gavin Greenaway Conductor
Metro Voices Choir, Chorus
Buchanan Brothers Ensemble
Jenny O'Grady Choir Master
Technical Credits
Sheb Wooley Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Fred Schneider Composer
Charles Randolph Grean Composer
Kate Pierson Composer
Domingo "Sam" Samudio Composer
Keith Strickland Composer
Louie Teran Mastering
Cindy Wilson Composer
Hans Zimmer Executive Producer
Bert Russell Composer
Adey Wilson Composer
Nick Wollage Engineer, Engineering
Cy Coben Composer
Henry Jackman Composer
Skip Williamson Executive Producer, Executive Soundtrack Producer
Dan Butler Music Business Affairs
Brian McNelis Executive Producer, Executive Soundtrack Producer
Matthew Margeson Arranger
Stephanie Mente Art Direction
Perry Montague-Mason Orchestra Leader
Steven Kofsky Musical Producer
Czarina Russell Studio Manager
Liz McNicoll Music Business Affairs
Nick Woollage Engineering
Graeham Goble Composer
Charlene Ann Huang Management
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