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Megamind
(2010)
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Composed and Produced by:
Hans Zimmer
Lorne Balfe

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Elizabeth Finch
Walter Fowler
Rick Giovinazzo
Kevin Kaska
Ed Neumeister
Carl Rydlund
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lakeshore Records
(November 2nd, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're tired of hearing Hans Zimmer and his associates brood and pound away with bass-heavy droning and electronic textures, in which case Megamind is a snazzy, organic, and enthusiastic return to the best animation styles the composer has revisited occasionally throughout the 2000's.

Avoid it... if streamlined, pleasantly predictable Zimmer children's music isn't rowdy or complex enough compared to John Powell's similar achievements to merit only about 30 minutes of it on this album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,162
WRITTEN 10/22/10
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Megamind: (Hans Zimmer/Lorne Balfe) Dreamworks and Paramount's IMAX and 3D animated entree for families early in the 2010 holiday season is Megamind, a tale inspired by Superman but turning the tables by making the standard villain the protagonist. Castoffs from their alien worlds, the usual hero, Metro Man, and a stereotypical blue alien with a huge head, Megamind, fight in perpetuity due to the latter's ongoing attempts to dominate Metro City. Despite the genius of the evil Megamind, he finds it frustratingly impossible to defeat Metro Man, regardless of how many times he takes love interest and reporter Roxanne Ritchi hostage. That is, until one day he actually wins, takes control of the city, and, in a twist of fate, discovers that he is lonely and without purpose after having vanquished his foe. He sets out to invent a new superhero with whom to do battle (the reporter's camera man, no less), but instead of a fresh nemesis on the side of good, his creation, Titan, decides to become a villain himself and destroy the world as revenge for years of teasing and torment. Megamind then has to decide whether to take the role of superhero and, not surprisingly, is pushed in that direction by Roxanne and a resurrected Metro Man. The sense of humor of Megamind includes parody references to pop culture, precisely the kind of atmosphere to inspire a flighty, easy-going score from the Hans Zimmer production factory at Remote Control. As with 2010's hit Inception, Zimmer shares primary credit for Megamind with associate Lorne Balfe; the collaboration between the two goes back many years now and includes several of Zimmer's highest profile pictures of the past decade. While Zimmer remains a lightning rod in the film scoring community due his controversial methodology and stylistic stubbornness, some among these collectors (and likely the majority in the mainstream) don't realize that the composer of many masculine trademarks actually maintains a pretty healthy side-career in the children's genre, often lending his services, as composer or producer, to animated films ranging from blockbuster American productions of dubious quality to obscure European films of significantly more intrigue.



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The last act of the film's music is missing!   Expand >>
Will - March 2, 2011, at 7:54 a.m.
2 comments  (1273 views)
Newest: September 20, 2011, at 10:56 a.m. by
Chris R.
C'mon, METRO City?
Richard Kleiner - January 3, 2011, at 8:57 p.m.
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Decent but throwaway score, no more than three stars.   Expand >>
Edmund Meinerts - November 6, 2010, at 5:54 a.m.
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Newest: November 30, 2010, at 10:14 a.m. by
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 48:10
• 1. Giant Blue Head (4:29)
• 2. Tightenville (2:16)
• 3. Bad to the Bone - performed by George Thorogood & The Destroyers (4:49)
• 4. Stars and Tights (1:26)
• 5. Crab Nuggets (2:17)
• 6. A Little Less Conversation (Junkie XL Remix) - performed by Elvis Presley (3:32)
• 7. Mel-On-Cholly (2:32)
• 8. Ollo (3:07)
• 9. Roxanne (Love Theme) (2:36)
• 10. Alone Again Naturally - performed by Gilbert O'Sullivan (3:37)
• 11. Drama Queen (1:47)
• 12. Rejection in the Rain (1:45)
• 13. Lovin' You - performed by Minnie Riperton (3:23)
• 14. Black Mamba (1:13)
• 15. Game Over (3:22)
• 16. I'm the Bad Guy (2:37)
• 17. Evil Lair (3:29)

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