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From Walt Disney Pictures and the vividly creative mind of award-winning director Tim Burton comes the original score to the highly anticipated feature film. The score from Alice In Wonderland, created by Burton's long time collaborator, Danny Elfman, musically lends a magical, whimsical and imaginative twist on one of the most beloved stories of all time

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  • Audio CD (March 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,503 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Jon Broxton on March 12, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Much has been written over the years about the creative partnership between director Tim Burton and composer Danny Elfman. It now stretches back 25 years and encompasses such successful and well regarded films as Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as the animated classic The Nightmare Before Christmas. Despite it having been repeated ad nauseum to the point that it's almost a cliché, theirs is one of the most enduring and fruitful composer/director collaborations in cinema today; the two men complement each other intellectually and stylistically, and clearly Burton's visual style brings out the best in Elfman's music. Alice in Wonderland is a prime example of this.

Burton's take on the classic Lewis Carroll tale is an unusual one; he has explicitly stated that it is not a sequel, or a remake, or even a proper re-imagining, but instead takes all the familiar elements of the Alice story and churns them around into a curious new thing entirely. The film follows the adventures of young Alice Kingsleigh (newcomer Mia Wasikowska) a Victorian teenager who, after receiving an unwelcome marriage proposal, runs away; following a mysterious white rabbit, she accidentally falls down a rabbit hole and re-emerges in the magical land she visited as a child, although she has no memories of her adventures there years before.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 3, 2010
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Another midnight download and well worth it, for me Danny Elfman is at his best when he's scoring for fantasy and the score for Alice showcases this to perfection.

What struck me immediately about Elfman's work here is the clarity of direction. I mean the atmosphere is so spot on which is exactly what I was hoping for. There is a such a strong narrative quality to the music that you can visualize where each piece would fit in the movie.

I will say that the Alice score is extremely centric. Alice's theme is the force that drives the entire score and it shows up everywhere but thankfully Elfman uses the theme skillfully so that it never becomes monotonous. Another interesting aspect of the album is that there is minimal pauses between cues so that each piece sort of fades into the next without jarring stops. I can't really think of another composer who could of created a world so absolutely in tune with what I imagine when I think of Alice in Wonderland. Strong melodies abound here which I love, with plenty of the whimsy and sweet melancholy that is Danny Elfman's signature, but where other Alice scores pour on the sugar Elfman's score never gets cute instead it reflects the fact that the Alice in Burton's story is older/ more mature and the journey that she takes darker and more real. But you get more them Elfman's gift for melody here. I dan't usually like the cues for battle scenes but but these are very well done conveying tension, danger, and agression without beating the listener over the head with horms and percusion. And still other tracks that embody the off kilter strangness of wonderland with a success I don't feel has been captured before now.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alex P. Watson on March 7, 2010
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With Tim Burton directing, it was always a given that Danny Elfman would be scoring the film, and he seizes the opportunity to write a large-scale and surprisingly classical fantasy adventure score. In many ways, the music is a culmination of everything Elfman has done over the past decades: the intricate rhythms of Charlie, the percussive force of Apes, the gothic grandeur of Batman, choral work similar to Edward and lyrics that recall Serenade Schizophrana.

Elfman is able to weave these elements together into a cohesive and extremely enjoyable whole, anchored by a terrific theme. "Alice's Theme" is far and away the highlight of the album, woven deeply into every track and reprised in multiple variations, many of which went modified or unused in the final cut. As such, the album is almost like a concert suite, expertly arranged to be cohesive and listenable. Any Elfman fan, film score fan, or enthusiast of bold orchestral music owes it to themselves to give this a spin.

Be warned, though: the film's frantic post-production schedule means that the album doesn't include the Avril Lavigne song from the credits or the Hatter's dance. Lots of idiots are going to give this album one star because of their own inability to read the back of the case.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G M. Stathis on March 5, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Because of some odd coincidences two fantasy scores by Danny Elfman have come out within a couple of weeks of one another, the first, his music for Joe Johnston's version of "The Wolfman," the other, Elfman's take on Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland." While striking the right atmospheric and dramatic chords, his music for "The Wolfman" is a bit of a disappointment especially in light of his fabulous score for another, much earlier, film in this general vein: "Sleepy Hollow," and perhaps the initial and main theme bears too much of a resemblance to Wojciech Kilar's music for Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula." Still, it works on the screen and is interesting on this soundtrack; it certainly does not lack bite. There were of course all kinds of production problems with Johnston's film, including issues with the music and sadly it shows. A fine production with adequate packaging by Varese. There is no argument that fantasy films have proven the natural tapestries for both Burton and Elfman, especially when they have worked together, and "Alice in Wonderland" is no exception (reviewers who have carped that the film does not make sense have missed the essential point). A visually stunning film augmented by a wonder of a score by Elfman. The main theme is simply one of the best pieces Elfman has written (fittingly in something of an English style) and it serves as the foundation of a fine overall effort, easily one of the best film scores of this year. Much of the presentation of that main theme takes choral form and is delightful. Make no mistake, Elfman also underscores the darker aspects of this interpretation of "Alice" and it all comes together wonderfully well, the first track gives evidence to both the beauty and the intensity of Elfman's score. Where "The Wolfman" might have failed some expectations, Elfman's score for "Alice in Wonderland" surpasses them. Solid production values with acceptable packaging by Disney.
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