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Ferdinand
(2017)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:
Batu Sener

Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas
Pete Anthony
Rick Giovinazzo
Randy Kerber
Andrew Kinney
John Kull

Additional Music by:
Anthony Willis
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
La-La Land Records
(January 5th, 2018)
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Regular U.S. release, available several weeks after the debut of the song-only album.
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Buy it... if you find pleasure in all of John Powell's predictably friendly and functionally intelligent animation scores, this one passing effortlessly along its ethnically spirited, flowery path.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear Powell at his most memorable, the themes here surprisingly anonymous and the overall musical narrative not satisfyingly transparent.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,893
WRITTEN 1/20/18
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Ferdinand: (John Powell/Various) The Oscar-winning, seven-minute 1938 animated adaptation of Munro Leaf's children's book, "The Story of Ferdinand," long remained an affable favorite in the tradition of the "Silly Symphonies" cartoons. Greatly expanding the story for the same genre is 2017's feature-length alternative, Ferdinand, a 20th Century Fox production that performed reasonably well but failed to generate lasting interest outside of some protests that the movie's anti-bullying messaging was causing disrespect for bullfighting traditions. In this elongated tale, the titular bull is still a pacifist and would rather sit under a tree on the hills of Spain and smell the flowers rather than compete with other bulls to star in the arenas. But his adventure adds several other protagonists this time, including a sympathetic team of human, goat, and other bulls; ultimately, the basic tenants of the original story stay in place, as Ferdinand does end up in a humorous fight in a ring and earns his place back amongst the flowers. The details are a stretch, however, and the haphazard narrative didn't help composer John Powell to a great degree. Having collaborated with Blue Sky Studios for the Rio and Ice Age franchises for quite some time, it's no surprise that Powell returned to offer his services for Ferdinand. His output declined in the 2010's because of a family tragedy, and he preferred to stay in the animated genre almost exclusively during his more limited work during that decade. Few could argue, though, that the composer does not excel in children's films, his zany symphonic tendencies well suited for their breakneck pace. For Ferdinand, he once again found himself contending with prominent song placements in the picture. The Nick Jonas song, "Home," was the prime attraction in the soundtrack, earning awards recognition and anchoring a short song compilation album that contains no score material. While Powell didn't write this song, he did at least produce it. As for the score, Powell, having graduated long before to the level of industry prominence to merit the work of ghostwriters without front-cover credit, teams up with trio of assistant composers for this project. Though Powell does receive co-writing credit on every cue, a majority of them contain contributions by Batu Sener and Anthony Willis. And while there are reports that Powell adapted Albert Hay Malotte's 1938 score into this work, no explicit credit is afforded to it. There are indeed similarities in style between the two scores, however, most notably at the saccharine conclusion of Powell's entry.



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Average: 3.1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 61:11
• 1. Bees and Bulls* (2:30)
• 2. Selection Process (2:00)
• 3. Father and Son* (2:06)
• 4. Finding Home* (5:32)
• 5. A New Day (2:52)
• 6. Flower Festival (4:46)
• 7. There's Been a Mistake (2:28)
• 8. Lupe and Ferdinand* (2:28)
• 9. Lipizzaners and Ferraris (2:50)
• 10. Ferdinand and Nina* (3:24)
• 11. Bull Olympics* (3:42)
• 12. Sunsets in the Training Yard (3:14)
• 13. Escape From "The Spa"* (3:32)
• 14. Highway Chase* (3:16)
• 15. From Train Station to Arena* (5:04)
• 16. Madrid Finale (12:14)
* contains music written by Batu Sener and/or Anthony Willis

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The insert includes a list of performers and a short note from the composer.
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