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Jumanji
(1995)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bramson
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Epic Soundtrax
(November 21st, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release. The isolated score on the DVD release of the film led to a common complete score bootleg on the secondary market.
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Buy it... only if you are prepared to hear James Horner introduce several strong action ideas and decent character themes without providing any satisfying cohesion to their narrative whatsoever.

Avoid it... if you prefer the days when Horner's children's scores exuded a sense of beauty in their orchestrations and magic in their rhythmic flow, even in the action sequences, for Jumanji represents a permanent encroachment of the composer's more serious tendencies on this genre.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #462
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 11/10/11
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Jumanji: (James Horner) In an attempt to ride the wave of super-popular animal special effects that was caused initially by Jurassic Park, director Joe Johnston brought the board game described in Chris Van Allsburg's children's book to life. The premise of the Jumanji story involves a supernatural game that brings its jungle world to life and puts the actual players in jeopardy of being maimed, or perhaps worse yet, caught in the spell of the game forever. Johnston had brought a child's twist of special effects perspective to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids several years earlier, and unfortunately for Jumanji, the capabilities of the technology had begun to overwhelm storylines by 1995. The massive failure of Jumanji in the theatres during the Christmas season of that year was due in part to the fact that critics failed to see the purpose in establishing the entire premise of a film simply for the sake of special effects, and also due partly to the fact that the film deserved far more than a PG rating since it proved capable at terrifying children in the audience rather than entertaining them. For composer James Horner, who had scored Honey, I Shrunk the Kids for Johnston, Jumanji came at the end of a 1994-1995 season that would reveal the composer's best collective work in his career, and you couldn't blame Horner fanatics for having extremely high hopes for Jumanji. Given the extent to which the film's special effects were advertised in the news, how could Horner screw this one up? Well, he did, and it's difficult to pinpoint exactly why. The pace of the film's script is one that favors one scene of mayhem after another (as each player makes a move), so Horner is left jumping through several hoops without the score or film being able to provide any cohesive sense of completion. Then again, the ability to raise hell in individual scenes of chaos and hysteria was accomplished by Horner with strong results in We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story. In Jumanji, however, there is no direction to the music whatsoever, leaving the result as yet another collection of general techniques from the composer that will tend to remind listeners of his prior successes without taking any of those ideas in a newly coordinated direction. A lack of dominant thematic presence is another flaw inherent in this form of presentation, a circumstance exacerbated by generic melodic constructs to begin with.



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386 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.94 Stars
***** 67 5 Stars
**** 76 4 Stars
*** 87 3 Stars
** 81 2 Stars
* 75 1 Stars
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Southall - August 21, 2015, at 1:31 p.m.
1 comment  (308 views)
I love the movie and the soundtrack.
hewhomustnotbenamed - September 7, 2012, at 2:32 p.m.
1 comment  (799 views)
waste of a soundtrack   Expand >>
Brandon - September 11, 2005, at 11:47 a.m.
2 comments  (3375 views)
Newest: January 21, 2008, at 10:46 p.m. by
Sherlock
Completely Disagree - Horner's best score!   Expand >>
Adam Lewis - September 4, 2005, at 1:35 p.m.
2 comments  (3422 views)
Newest: September 7, 2005, at 2:08 p.m. by
Chris H.
I love this score!
Person21 - September 1, 2005, at 7:36 p.m.
1 comment  (2269 views)
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Joep - June 9, 2005, at 6:08 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 51:07
• 1. Prologue/Main Titles (3:41)
• 2. First Move (2:20)
• 3. Monkey Mayhem (4:42)
• 4. A New World (2:40)
• 5. "It's Sarah's Move" (2:36)
• 6. The Hunter (1:56)
• 7. Rampage Through Town (2:28)
• 8. Alan Parrish (4:17)
• 9. Stampede! (2:12)
• 10. A Pelican Steals the Game (1:39)
• 11. The Monsoon (4:47)
• 12. "Jumanji" (11:47)
• 13. End Titles (5:55)

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