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Antz
(1998)
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Composed by:

Additional Music by:
Gavin Greenaway
Steve Jablonsky
Geoff Zanelli

Produced by:
Hans Zimmer

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Yvonne S. Moriarty

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway
Rupert Gregson-Williams
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Angel Records
(November 3rd, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you enjoy these composers' work for more recent animated films and are interested in hearing their extremely spirited initial mainstream venture.

Avoid it... if hyperactive mambo and jazz music for a full symphony is a recipe that'll send you looking for the Rolaids.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #295
WRITTEN 12/21/98, REVISED 1/6/07
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Antz: (John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams) While it may not have been the magnificent success in 1998 that A Bug's Life would become, Dreamworks' Antz has nevertheless stood the test of time as a worthy adult-focused companion piece to the Disney entry. Its cast is unparalleled in modern animation, ranging from Woody Allen and Sharon Stone to Sylvester Stallone and Gene Hackman, with the personality of Allen as 'Z' defining the film's mature examinations of psychology, Marxism, and all of the variants you'd typically find in one of Allen's own films. Genuinely adult humor is littered throughout Antz, and while the story includes enough flashiness to keep the kids entertained, the endeavor found itself in an awkward place between the two audiences. To help bridge the gap, composers John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams provided a score filled with both adult references and enough raw and wild enthusiasm to attract younger ears. The two relative newcomers onto the solo scoring scene had not yet established their own credentials, but few film score collectors ten years later would argue that better composers would come out of Hans Zimmer's Media Ventures factory of clones than Powell and Gregson-Williams. Their collaborations on future animated features (Chicken Run, Shrek, etc) would arguably be more popular than Antz, but you can't help but look back at Antz with amusement. Setting the stage for the large scope of the future animation scores, Powell and Gregson-Williams (with the help of a few other MV junkies on individual cues) would employ 85 orchestral players, 25 choral singers, the usual array of synthesizers and their normal samples, as well as a host of solo performances from the group. At the time, the score was often obnoxious for listeners accustomed to a more tame musical approach for animated films. But it was also a very clear departure from the usual Zimmer sound that these two composers in particular had been identified with in their early scores (both Face/Off and Enemy of the State were sadly underdeveloped clone work), thus providing an overwhelming breath of fresh air for listeners skeptical of new collaboration.



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Nice Score
Jimmy Arakawa - March 2, 2006, at 4:37 p.m.
1 comment  (2655 views)
Orchestrations
Nicolas Rodriguez Quiles - May 3, 2005, at 12:58 a.m.
1 comment  (3150 views)
But not very popular, I guess...
Lolo-O-Banolo - May 3, 2004, at 6:39 a.m.
1 comment  (3177 views)
FUN !
Cesar - March 22, 2004, at 4:59 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:43
• 1. Opening Titles - Z's Theme (1:59)
• 2. The Colony (1:55)
• 3. General Mandible (2:21)
• 4. Princess Bala (0:56)
• 5. The Bar (1:27)
• 6. "There is a Better Place..." (1:19)
• 7. "Guantanamera"/"6:15 Time To Dance" (3:16)
• 8. The Antz Go Marching to War (3:48)
• 9. Weaver and Azteca Flirt (1:53)
• 10. The Death of Barbados (2:06)
• 11. The Antz Marching Band (1:15)
• 12. The Magnifying Glass (1:58)
• 13. Ant Revolution (1:47)
• 14. Mandible and Cutter Plot (2:05)
• 15. The Picnic Table (2:43)
• 16. The Big Shoe (2:08)
• 17. Romance in Insectopia (2:29)
• 18. Back to the Colony (2:26)
• 19. Z to the Rescue (7:43)
• 20. Z's Alive! (3:28)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains no extra information about the film or score. Some promotional variations of the insert included the following summary notes:

    It may seem extravagant for a film about a bunch of bugs, but soundtrack composers Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell engaged an 85-piece orchestra and 25-member chorus to perform the music for Antz. In the film, a worker ant with the voice of Woody Allen becomes a hero to his embattled colony and earns the affections of Princess Bala (the voice of Sharon Stone). Appropriately, the music is a mix of dramatic swells, romantic interludes, and celebratory jaunts, scurrying from sprightly jazz to classical dirge to Latin bounce -- there are even allusions to "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and "Guantanamera." This surprising diversity makes the music from Antz lively enough for children and sophisticated enough for adults.

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