There is so much enthusiastic energy in this musical three quarters of an
hour, that theres no mistaking it for a happy-go-lucky kids movie.
"Into the Trap" opens the disc and puts an educated listener in a quandary
as to whether John Williams or Elmer Bernstein is the intended referential
style. You know youre in safe territory assuming quotes and homages
are intended since there are so many incorporated source themes later on
(count them off in "Final Battle"). If youre familiar with Robert
Folks Toy Soldiers, that ought to put you in mind of the universe
this film and score occupies.
Snare drums constantly inform of the pseudo-militaristic aspect of the
boys grouping and adventures. "Operation H.A.D." starts on fluttering
flutes, but soon bursts into the enjoyable dramatic edge perpetuated throughout
most tracks. Concord hasnt been afraid to embellish the orchestra either.
There are lots of subtle electronic touches (a tinkling sound featuring on
many cues), as well as funky riffs from acoustic and electric guitar (both
"The Rookie" and "Ping Pong and Walkies" are very groovy !).
Another easy way to describe the picture painted by the music is of the classic
cartoon. You can see that the music is following very specifically
timed comedic action. That said, there are thankfully some unexpected interludes.
"First Morning" is almost funereal in being sombre with an effective time-marking
metallic clang, before shocking with a Psycho shower murder pastiche.
Its just an enormous amount of fun that gets a hearty recommendation.