This is a typical case where a straight-to-video movie drags a remarkable
score down to oblivion. The Paper Brigade, one among the countless
movies never to reach the big screen, features a score by Ray Colcord whose
credits include many TV shows and half a dozen films. The movie revolves
around the battle between rival gangs of paper-boys --one with a crazed leader.
'Sounds like unexceptional and uninspiring stuff; nevertheless, Ray Colcord
manages to pierce through the thick layer of clichés and recycled
comic material to produce a score that is a well-balanced blend of musical
styles including, but not limited to, military music, fanfares and the
Thrilling, pounding action music passes through the score in many instances,
such as 'Operation H.A.D', 'The PaperMeister, and 'The Final Battle' where
layers of beat, snare drums and synths led by an orchestra heavy with brass
provide this kids' comedy with a distinct militaristic flavour. Fanfares
such as in 'The Final Battle' and 'Jubilation', typical of epic pirate movies
are certainly not expected in this kind of movies and are a treat! Even suspense
music, craftily built with strings, reminiscent of Herrmann's Psycho,
emerges in cues such as 'Human Dogbone' and 'First Morning'. This doesn't
mean that the score is devoid of comic elements though!
Lovely and joyfully funny music such as at the end of 'The PaperMeister'
or 'Man vs. Beast' can be relished while 'True Love', rendered by strings
adds a short but delightful romantic touch that, unfortunately, never develops
into a full blossomed love theme. Soothing guitar music is featured in 'Dad's
The Paper Brigade is mostly light-hearted, occasionally bravado. The harmonies
and orchestration are quite rich and colourful. Highly recommended!