July 2000 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Chicken Run
RCA VICTOR 09026-63702-2 [63:04]
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Nick Park always insisted on eschewing the traditional Tom & Jerry approach when it came to music for his Wallace and Gromit films in favour of music that might be applied to any feature film. As he observed, his were real characters, in real, well quite real, situations with real feelings. He maintains the same philosophy for Chicken Run and Powell and Gregson-Williams deliver a gung-ho heroic score very much in the mould of A Close Shave.

The score is an eclectic patchwork quilt of material reminiscent of Ron Goodwin in Where Eagles Dare mode, Jerome Moross's The Big Country, Eric Coates in The Dam Busters mode, and Elmer Bernstein's The Great Escape etc. It is a kaleidoscope of many styles which I am sure work well with the animation: Scottish, Celtic/Irish, Country and Western/hoe-down , the rumba, waltz, vaudeville and Italian etc. etc. There is much military music with heroic brass and snare drum flourishes; and hot swing and fowl jazz if you will allow the pun. There is a real confusion - sorry, profusion of styles. Most tracks are taken at a hectic pace with only one or two pauses for breath to signify some sentimental or romantic episode. Two songs are included, both quite appealing: 'Flip, Flop and Fly', performed by Ellis Hall and 'The Wanderer' by Dion.

Fun but exhausting


Ian Lace


Ian Lace

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