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Pete's Dragon
(2016)
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Composed and Produced by:
Daniel Hart

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Kevin Kaska
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(August 12th, 2016)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if there is no such thing as too heavy a dose of schmaltz in your children's adventure scores, Daniel Hart infusing a satisfyingly emotional narrative to his occasionally overblown score.

Avoid it... if you reject the mere premise of this remake, because nothing of the affable 1977 soundtrack survives in this impressively executed but potentially shallow, workmanlike effort.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,873
WRITTEN 3/10/17
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Pete's Dragon: (Daniel Hart) One of 2016's more puzzling box office success stories was the remake of the partially animated 1977 Walt Disney musical Pete's Dragon, though the movie was a hard sell internationally. The original film was a light-hearted musical of dubious quality but tremendous heart, buoyed to cult status by a few highly memorable songs and the delicious performance of character stage actor Jim Dale as Dr. Terminus. For the 2016 fully live-action version of Pete's Dragon, the entire storyline of the original film is disregarded, the newer vision far more ominous while eliminating much of the comedy. In the all-new time and location, Pete is orphaned in the woods in the 1980's after a car crash kills his parents; there, he is adopted and raised for five years by an equally lonely dragon named Elliot by the boy. As a logging company threatens their habitat, the boy is reintegrated into society while the dragon is inevitably pursued by the military. Just as the film largely ignored the 1977 source material, so too did the new soundtrack. While a rather odd but intriguing connection of composer Howard Shore to the film circulated for quite some time, the assignment eventually went to Director David Lowery's normal collaborator of the 2010's, Daniel Hart. Not far removed from driving buses and performing as part of a band, Hart had produced a handful of film scores of minimal scope for Lowery and, after hearing some positive demo cues, Disney took a leap of faith to allow the two to collaborate again on Pete's Dragon. Admitting that he had never heard the 1977 soundtrack, Hart disregarded the musical entirely and set forth on producing a rather straight-forward orchestral and folksy combination effort that merged some traditional material and inspiration from the Country genre into the mix, as reflected in the songs included on the soundtrack. The absence of any of the original melodies from 1977 is a significant disappointment, especially given the popularity of "Candle on the Water" and John Debney's immensely successful adaptation of existing tunes into his score for the concurrent remake of The Jungle Book. There will be purists who reject Hart's work simply because of this lack of regard in even subtle acknowledgement.



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Average: 3.36 Stars
***** 13 5 Stars
**** 23 4 Stars
*** 19 3 Stars
** 11 2 Stars
* 6 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 76:05
• 1. The Dragon Song - performed by Bonnie Prince Billy (2:28)
• 2. Something Wild - performed by Lindsey Stirling (3:43)
• 3. Nobody Knows - performed by The Lumineers (3:08)
• 4. Something on Your Mind - performed by St. Vincent (2:59)
• 5. So Long, Marianne - performed by Leonard Cohen (5:38)
• 6. Gina Anne - performed by Bosque Brown (2:40)
• 7. An Adventure (3:04)
• 8. Are You Gonna Eat Me? (2:31)
• 9. Brown Bunny (1:01)
• 10. Reverie (2:52)
• 11. Tree Fort (1:03)
• 12. North Star (1:25)
• 13. Bedtime Compass (2:15)
• 14. Timber (1:19)
• 15. Breathe (2:27)
• 16. Gavin Knows What He's Doing (3:42)
• 17. You Are Not Alone (1:58)
• 18. Elliot Gets Lost (4:26)
• 19. Takedown (1:44)
• 20. It'll Be Just Like It Used to Be (2:03)
• 21. Follow That Dragon (3:01)
• 22. Elliot at the Bridge (2:19)
• 23. Abyss (1:35)
• 24. Go North (1:44)
• 25. Saying Goodbye (5:03)
• 26. The Bravest Boy I've Ever Met (2:46)
• 27. The Dragon Song Revisited - performed by Bonnie Prince Billy (2:34)
• 28. Candle on the Water - performed by Okkervil River (4:01)

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The insert unfolds into a poster of the dragon but contains no extra information about the score or film.
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