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Thursday, August 17, 2006

CD REVIEW - The Ant Bully

The Ant Bully
Music by John Debney
Varese Sarabande VSD 6748 (EU)
27 Tracks 57:05 mins

There just seems to be an endless flow of animated movies coming out of the States these days. This one apparently concerns a boy who is hell bent on destroying an ant colony until they shrink him down to their size.
The music is by John Debney and is a functional symphonic effort, with subtle use of choir alongside the orchestra in the more awe-filled moments. There's nothing very memorable about the music and the number of tracks coming in at around a minute or under make it difficult to really get into. OK, it pushes all the right buttons, with menacing action cues, some comical moments, a little bit of tenderness and warmth here and there, and some heroism when required, but it all washes over one.
There is however a very nice main theme, which flows nicely to a jungle rhythm over the opening track "Parade of Ants," appears in fragments here and there, and is given a glorious treatment at the conclusion of "Bullies and Sweet Rock," the closing track on the album.
A nice enough score then, but not as likeable as that for the composer's other recent animated project, Chicken Little.


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