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With a film as wildly, intelligently entertaining as Chicken Run, the score needs to be something special just to keep pace. Not a problem, then, for John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams, a pair who have worked (together and separately) on other animated films (The Tigger Movie, Antz) and action films (Enemy of the State, Face/Off)--which has prepared them well for a film in which a gaggle of chickens re-enact The Great Escape. Powell and Gregson-Williams's score is perfectly suited to the action on screen: classic instrumentation and serious themes, but with the occasional nod and wink. This is a score that, like the film itself, takes itself just seriously enough. Never bombastic, the cues pay tribute to the music of classic war and action movies--there's a hint of The Dirty Dozen, a nod to Indiana Jones, even a Star Wars-esque bit toward the end. --Randy Silver

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listen  1. Opening EscapeHarry Gregson-Williams 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Main TitlesHarry Gregson-Williams 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Evil Mrs. TweedyHarry Gregson-Williams 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rats!Harry Gregson-Williams 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Chickens Are Not OrganizedHarry Gregson-Williams 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. We Need A MiracleHarry Gregson-Williams 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rocky and the CircusHarry Gregson-Williams 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Flight TrainingHarry Gregson-Williams 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. A Really Big Truck ArrivesHarry Gregson-Williams 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Cocktails and Flighty ThoughtsHarry Gregson-Williams 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Bab's Big BreakHarry Gregson-Williams 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Flip Flop and FlyEllis Hall 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Up On The RoofHarry Gregson-Williams 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Into the Pie MachineHarry Gregson-Williams 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Rocky, A Fake All AlongHarry Gregson-Williams 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Building the CrateHarry Gregson-Williams 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. The WandererDion 2:48Album Only
listen18. The Chickens Are RevoltingHarry Gregson-Williams 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Lift OffHarry Gregson-Williams 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Escape to ParadiseHarry Gregson-Williams 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 20, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: June 20, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00004TRTW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is such a great album for those who love musical scores and who love the movie.
A. Shea
Throughout the score, and indeed in the Main Titles themselves, the theme goes through many transformations, each one great -- there's even a waltz version!
Joshua Kaufman
Chicken Run is the best score to come from Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell teaming up.
Brandon Cutro

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve Miller on July 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Who would have thought an animated movie about the barnyard equivilant of "The Great Escape" would have such an excellent score? Lovers of high-quality orchestral film music should definately get this one! It's like a cross between Bernard Hermann and Ennio Morriconne at their best.
From the first notes of "Opening Escape" through "Escape to Paradise," there is never a dull musical moment on this disk. While a perfect companion to the film, the music here also stands just fine on its own. It's humourous and epic at the same time... rather like the score for the barnyard equivelent of "The Great Escape" should be. (Heck, "Opening Escape/Main Titles" and "Building the Crate" are almost worth the price of this disk by themselves. I never imagined that kazoos would be effective with a brass section.)
Too many soundtrack albums are marred these days by "music inspired by" or "not heard in the film" tracks. It's nice to see that the producers in charge here gave us the treat of John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams score without second-rate songs from the popular acts of the minute.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G M. Stathis on July 12, 2000
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In a movie summer that has already produced a number of memorable film scores ("Gladiator," "The Perfect Storm," and "The Patriot") comes one of the best of the bunch from an unlikely source, "Chicken Run." This score by John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams is one of the most entertaining and humorous soundtracks in recent memory and surely deserves consideration as one of the best pieces of film music this year. "Chicken Run," an intentional takeoff on "Stalag 17" and "The Great Escape" (the inside jokes are far too many to mention), clearly pays homage to Elmer Bernstein, with additional influence from English composers such as Ralph Vaughn Williams, Eric Coates and William Walton, but then takes off on its own. Elements of swing, including "Flip, Flop and Fly," are present, along with a rendition of "The Wanderer." Oh yes, and there is the inclusion of a kazoo chorus in several tracks that is a downright delight. The film is a pleasure for young and old, and the soundtrack album is just plain fun. A number of main themes run through the score as introduced in "The Opening Escape," and "Main Titles," which climax wonderfully in "Into the Pie Machine," "Building the Crate," "Lift Off," "The Chickens Are Revolting," and "Escape to Paradise," but there are also quite a few secondary themes which pop up in different motifs to keep this score flying. Released by RCA Victor and Dreamworks, the soundtrack album is cleverly packaged, and a delightful film score by any standard. Use the excuse that you are buying it for the kids and then keep it for yourself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Kaufman on February 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
For the claymation movie Chicken Run, the team that wonderfully scored Antz returns. Luckily, they not only reached the level of greatness they had in that film, they surpassed it
The film is somewhat of a knock off the 1960s movie, The Great Escape, and the score reflects that. The composers came up with a wonderful march that is very reminicant of the classic theme from the above movie. Throughout the score, and indeed in the Main Titles themselves, the theme goes through many transformations, each one great -- there's even a waltz version!
This score never gets boring. The style of the score stays mainly in the march, but quite often devaites at times, at times it's like French gondalla-esque music, and then later it's like 50s bebop, Italian 'Godfather'-esque music, and even 50s rock as well. There's tons of great action music, such as in one of my favorite cues, 'Building the Crate'. There's also lots of great more tender moments, but it never gets boring or bogged down.
The score is laced with many different instruments. Besides an abundant use of tuba, flute, clarinet, horns, and accoustic bass guitar, there's plenty of other interesting insturments inserted around the score, including a harmonica in 'Cokctails and Final Thoughts', an accoustic guitar in 'Babs's Big Break, and even a choir in 'Into the Pie Machine'. But no talk about the Chicken Run score can be complete without mentioning the kazoos. You might think that there's no way kazoos could fit in with an orchestra, but they do, and it's worlks wonderfully.
There are also two songs inserted, 'Flip Flop Fly' and 'The Wanderer'. Both fit into the mood of the music very well, and are great fun.
Overall, this is easily one of my favorites. It's highly melodic, with great instrumentation, one of the best main themes ever, and it's just downright pleasant to listen to. If you haven't picked this one up yet, be sure to, as it's hard to top this one for pure musical delight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on December 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you haven't seen the movie (shame on you if you haven't) then this soundtrack probably isn't for you. But for those who have seen the film, go ahead and buy this soundtrack and laugh at the hilarious moments that happen simultaneously in the movie and score.
I got this CD from my mum for Christmas, and haven't stopped listening since. Kudos goes to John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams, who composed this egg-cellent score. They have created a soundtrack that really soars, unlike those poor flight-impaired chickens. (Sorry about the awful puns.) The score captures every moment of terror, triumph and hilarity in the film. (By the way, even though it's rated "G", this movie is enjoyed by kids and adults.) The "Main Titles" respectfully pay homage to The Great Escape while the whistling throughout the tracks is reminiscent of The Bridge on the River Kwai. "Rats!" gives a sort of enigmatic jazz to the film. "We Need a Miracle" is very touching, and I think could be included in one of those wartime romance films.
One of my favorite tracks is "Flight Training" for the sheer combination of styles. Powell and Gregson-Williams deftly combine different genres of music, from 40's big band to 50's cowboy movie scores, to pseudo-Japanese, to circus music and then a dash of Scottish bagpipes. One bar even sounds like "Dixie!" The surprising fact is that it never sounds confined or awkward; on the contrary, they are smoothly blended together. The balalaikas are a really nice touch. And the kazoos. You gotta love the kazoos, sprinkled here and there, used in smallish quantities, so as not to get too annoying.
"A Really Big Truck Arrives"-the sheer title made me laugh; it was eerily stating the obvious.
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