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Kung Fu Panda

June 3, 2008 | Format: MP3

$7.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 2, 2008
  • Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Label: Interscope
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Interscope Records/Dreamworks Animation L.L.C.
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  • Total Length: 1:00:11
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  • ASIN: B001NB4VLY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,035 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Kaya Savas VINE VOICE on June 3, 2008
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The release of this score is somewhat historic (in a sense). It marks the reuniting of John Powell with his mentor and friend, Hans Zimmer. It's been 8 years since the two have worked together on a score, and that was back in 2000 on The Road To El Dorado. Since then Powell has established himself as one of Hollywood's best and most demanded composers.

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.
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I love the music on this soundtrack. Hans Zimmer's musical compositions fit the movie perfectly. My favorite track is "Hero". It is very exuberant and uplifting. I also love the beat of the drums on the track "Let The Tournament Begin". "Oogway Ascends" has such a peaceful tone to it. "Tai Lung Escapes" is another favorite track. This track conveys danger and excitement at the same time. I love the sound of the track "The Bridge". This track conveys intensity in a very exciting part of the movie. "Panda Po" is a track with a good asian feel to it. This track celebrates the hero of the movie. I love the flute, drums and guitar I love Cee Lo Green's version of "Kung Fu Fighting". This is such a fun song. I love the music on this soundtrack very much.
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By phsu on February 25, 2012
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I am Chinese and have listened to Chinese music growing up. I've heard Hans Zimmers' other works before but they were often too heavy and too subtle for my liking. Case in point: I loved the first Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack but the Pirates II/III/IV soundtracks, while much richer in sound, just didn't have the same fun for me. Most pieces turned into background music that was tooo background. Anyhow, back to Kung Fu Panda. This sountrack is EXCELLENT! Beautiful, lighthearted and fun. Rich but not overly complicated or subtle. It's music that, if you're still a bit of a child at heart, can put on listen to as you do other stuff and then just feel uplifted all the way. The music does have a very Asian feel while mixed with a modernized and Americanized Asian-ness. Somehow it worked beautifully! Honestly I'm very impressed!

My favorite pieces: Sacred Pool of Tears and Panda Po. Because Sacred Pool matches the part in the movie where Po is finally being trained, parts of this piece are uplifting for me. And oh goodness do I love Panda Po -- it's just soooo heartwarming! Makes me want to smile every time I hear it.

Enjoy!
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Is that they, for some reason, included that God-awful version of Kung-fu Fighting from the credits. And here we were thinking we had dodged a bullet since we watched an entire Jack Black film without hearing him sing a single note... BOY WERE WE WRONG.

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!
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The Kung Fu Panda soundtrack is awesome. Hans Zimmer and John Powell did an excellent job at capturing the mystery of China, along with Po's humorous journey to becoming the Dragon Warrior. The mix takes you from tender moments with Mr. Ping to terrifying battles with Tai Lung. And Po's struggles with becoming the Dragon Warrior are played out well in the soundtrack. If you enjoyed the movie, you'll enjoy this soundtrack.
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I purchased this for my children who love everything Kung Fu Panda. They LOVE this soundtrack and often ask for it at bedtime. I enjoy hearing them talk about the scenes in the movie that correlate with the music!
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Despite this score being a wonderful piece of music "oogway ascends" alone is reason enough to buy this score!
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I never expected this film to be what it is. Nor did I expect the score to be so beautiful. The score captures the setting perfectly. The Chinese setting is captured through the well-crafted use of ethnic instruments. And it makes a huge difference. This is one I will remember for years to come.
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