Love the tagline printed on the CD itself: Poultry In Motion. In the spirit of which, let me aver that it's hard not to crow like a rooster over this cocky pastiche of classic soundtrack parodies.
John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams, who collaborated to produce the wonderful Antz score, team again to create the music for this tale of chickens pluckily evading their appointment with a pie machine. Courtesy of claymation gurus, Aardman, it's due to fly into Australian cinemas on December 7 (the birthday of your soundtrack reviewer, who will be foregoing his traditional roast chook dinner in deference).
Powell and Gregson-Williams operate under the wing of Hans Zimmer's Media Ventures, a production house usually associated with integrating the symphonic with the synthesiser. But egged-on by Aardman's farcical fowl frolics, Powell and Gregson-Williams fly the coop and hatch a soundtrack of full orchestral colours enhanced by swing band romps and a casserole of cameos from bagpipes, harmonicas and a chorus of kazoos.
If a chorus of kazoos isn't enough to tickle your feathers (and shame on you if it isn't), the extended homage to classic action and adventure scoring should have you clucking with delight.
Too savvy to merely quote from the greats, Powell and Gregson-William brilliantly capture styles while remaining original. There are cocks of the head towards Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Ron Goodwin and more. The whistle-worthy main theme isn't Bernstein's march motif from The Great Escape, but it could have been.
With themes and phrases being mixed, matched and scrambled like eggs, the score is unrelenting in its effervescent zaniness. At times, in cues like Building The Crate, it soars to passages of pure pinion pumping triumph.
Seasoned with a couple of jaunty songs from Ellis Hall and Dion, it's rare as hens' teeth to find a soundtrack with such a consistently unrelenting sense of fun. You'd be off your perch not to buy it."
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Published: December 7, 2000