Cat in the Hat [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Cat in the Hat [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by David Newman
     
 

The original score to the feature film adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic The Cat in the Hat was conducted and composed by David Newman (Scooby-Doo, Ice Age). Additionally, Mike Myers contributes vocals on the songs "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "Clean Up" both written by the Tony Award–winning songwriting pair Scott Wittman and Marc ShaimanSee more details below

Overview

The original score to the feature film adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic The Cat in the Hat was conducted and composed by David Newman (Scooby-Doo, Ice Age). Additionally, Mike Myers contributes vocals on the songs "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "Clean Up" both written by the Tony Award–winning songwriting pair Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Hairspray). The multi-platinum-selling group Smash Mouth also provide a rousing rendition of the Beatles' "Getting Better," available exclusively on the soundtrack.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
David Newman's score for the live-action version of The Cat in the Hat sounds appropriately cartoonish, with plenty of tiptoeing pizzicato strings, tooting brass, and herky-jerky melodies. Newman also creates a fair amount of range in his score, from the slightly askew "Main Title -- The Kids" to the full-on antics of "Two Things/Couch Jumping/Leaky Crate," which conjures up images of playful destruction. Even on the most crazed cues, such as "Surfer Cat -- The Phunometer," "Oven Explodes -- Clean Up This Mess," and the self-explanatory "Things Wreck the House," Newman manages to keep the music closer to whimsical fun than shrill hyperactivity. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of the tracks with vocals: Smash Mouth's cover of "Getting Better" manages to sound pumped-up and flat at the same time, while Mike Myers' "Fun Fun Fun" is anything but. Still, it's nice to see that some care was put into the music of such a visually overstimulating film; fans of playful instrumental music may find listening to The Cat in the Hat more pleasant than watching the movie for which it was written.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0602498611838
catalogNumber:
000161002

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Newman   Primary Artist,Conductor
Smash Mouth   Band
Mike Myers   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Bruce Botnick   Engineer,Engineering
Marc Shaiman   Composer,Lyricist
Lyle Workman   Producer,Engineer
Smash Mouth   Producer
Marty Frasu   Instrument Design,Pro-Tools
Brian Grazer   Executive Producer
Scott Wittman   Composer,Lyricist
Andrew Kinney   Orchestration
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar   Mastering
Phil Cohen   Music Business Affairs
Krys Newman   Scoring Consultant
Gregory Jamrok   Orchestration
Sheryl Gold   Music Business Affairs
David Newman   Composer
Krystyna Newman   Scoring Consultant
Tom Graham   Pro-Tools
Philip Cohen   Music Business Affairs
Chris Roberts   Contributor

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