Kung Fu Panda
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Kung Fu Panda (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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Kung Fu Panda original music by Hans Zimmer and John Powell featuring 'Kung Fu Fighting' performed by Cee-Lo Green and Jack Black. Animated motion picture comedy about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, Po (Voiced by Jack Black), who must somehow become a Kung Fu Master in order to save the Valley of Peace from a villainous snow leopard, Tai Lung. Set in the legendary world of ancient China, this is the story of Po, our unlikely hero, who enters the rigid world of Kung Fu and turns it upside down. Po ultimately becomes a Kung Fu hero by learning that if he believes in himself, he can do anything.
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.55 x 4.92 x 0.51 inches; 3.03 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Dreamworks
- Item model number : 3979209
- Original Release Date : 2008
- Run time : 1 hour and 32 minutes
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : December 1, 2003
- Label : Dreamworks
- ASIN : B0018Q7K5S
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #114,751 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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For Kung Fu Panda the two have created an epic score that utilizes both of their styles. The first track kicks things off in a grandiose style with some signature Powell percussion and trumpets. The theme for the film is very simple. Just a descending set of notes with a distinctive Chinese influence. Zimmer has a few Asian influenced scores under his belt. He worked with a Japanese sound for Black Rain and The Last Samurai. More appropriately he scored an amazing theme for Chow Yun-Fat's character from Singapore in Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End. The Chinese sound incorporated into this score is not dominating but more so incorporated into their styles.
Zimmer's distinct way of structuring long action sequences can be heard in the track "Tai Lung Escapes", which is 7 minutes long. Zimmer's trademark sounds can also be heard in "Sacred Pool Of Tears" which is the album's longest track coming in at nearly 10 minutes and in my opinion is one of the best tracks on the score. We have around 58 minutes of score on this CD with the last track being a 2 minute song. That is highly impressive for an animated film. Bravo to Interscope records for this release.
The score is simply a wonder. It starts off light with some bounce to it but ends up being an epic sounding experience. Having both Hans and John behind the helm of this was terrific and it was truly special for me to hear them together again. Hans Zimmer is the greatest composer working today and John Powell is right behind him because it was Zimmer who nurtured those talents and allowed Powell to become the composer he is today. These are two composers with their own distinctive voices that share a similar style and together they have produced a very fun and memorable score.
While I applaud Hans Zimmer's genius in the musical arrangements, I was seriously disappointed in this CD. I was hoping for a CD I could use as background for my tai chi practice. "Ugway Ascends" sold me.
When I got the CD, all I heard was brief clips peppered with bombastic nonsense aimed at a 10-year old audience with a short attention span.
UUGGHHH. Not worth the money.
p.s. Favorite track: 10
Other than Jack's terrible voice, the music is fantastic and this soundtrack is among my top favorites. Erhus are probably one of the greatest instruments to grace our world, and this soundtrack is full of them. I just can't get enough!