Juilian Nott’s music played no small part
in the success of the original three Wallace and Gromit short films.
plasticine figures in this new full length feature might be small but
is not – the composers under the producer, Hans Zimmer, have written on
colourful canvas for a large orchestra and choir.
The music is a rich frenetic kaleidoscope
of colliding styles, a sort of conglomerate British combination of
and Randy Newman and Randy Edelman. The opening track, for instance
that familiar Wallace and Gromit ‘oompah, oompah’ theme with the sort
material reminiscent of many British War films, the heroism given a
twist by adoring choirs, and spooky stuff à la Elfman.
You can play spot the influences, for
instance I thought I could detect Bernard Herrmann’s Cape Fear
quoted in ‘Arson Around’ and Jerry Goldsmith’s creepy Omen
surely an influence and much western film music is alluded to in a lot
frantic chase material. Some of the more brutal material brought
to my mind but Eric Coates in both heroic and romantic mood is palpable
Ripping, racy, hilarious; never a dull