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Racing Stripes
(2005)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Ken Kugler
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(January 11th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have always admired Mark Isham's outstanding and broad Americana strokes of Fly Away Home and seek an overdue extension of that wholesome sound.

Avoid it... if any dose of sugar-coated orchestral adventure fits too sentimental a mould for your liking, especially if it casually blends bluegrass instruments with African vocals.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #560
WRITTEN 2/3/05, REVISED 10/12/11
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Racing Stripes: (Mark Isham) Without DVD players in sport utility vehicles and films like Racing Stripes in the theatres, how would adults ever manage to keep their obnoxious children under control these days? Starting with Babe and National Velvet, a long list of children's films of this sort could be mentioned, with Racing Stripes taking the well worn, standardized plotline of "orphaned animal meets other talking barnyard creatures and proves itself in a competition that redeems its species as well as the heartland family that raised it." The animals in this particular film are indeed real, and Hollywood took yet another opportunity to confuse adults who see the CGI lips of the animals flail around without the corresponding facial expressions that you've come to expect from looking at talking humans. Perhaps if the zebra that fancies itself as a race horse was for some reason shot at the end (another familiar animal movie conclusion), then there would be something compelling about the film. That said, it defied mostly negative reviews by tripling its budget in worldwide grosses. The great news for movie-goers who enjoy Racing Stripes is that composer Mark Isham didn't seem to care about any of the cliches or yawn-inducing dialogue inherent in the project. The assignment marked a triumphant return to the genre of "child helps animal" that remains the subject of Isham's most famous and long commercially unreleased score, Fly Away Home. Wandering throughout various genres in his career, Isham is an interesting study because he is able to write stirring music for Americana topics at their finest while also being capable of countering with extremely mundane and underachieving music for less wholesome genres. While the composer does go the route of Fly Away Home and Dolphin Tale at times, he's still best known for his gritty, electronically-defined thrillers, scores that rarely achieve much positive impact outside of context. Without a doubt, though, Racing Stripes represents Isham at his best, with sensibility and inspiration without an overdose of sentimentality. In this fully orchestral music, he infuses the safely tonal and melodic genre standards with just enough instrumental and vocal flavor to keep you listening, including for good measure a few of those rhythmic ensemble outbursts that made Fly Away Home a cult favorite. The result is a score that was considered by some to be the most surprisingly superior effort of Isham's entire career.



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718 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.78 Stars
***** 266 5 Stars
**** 209 4 Stars
*** 126 3 Stars
** 56 2 Stars
* 61 1 Stars
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Derek Tersmette - August 31, 2006, at 6:57 a.m.
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Fuzzy - February 15, 2005, at 5:53 p.m.
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Southall - February 6, 2005, at 4:08 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 64:44
• 1. Taking the Inside Rail - performed by Sting (4:16)
• 2. It Was a Dark and Stormy Night (4:05)
• 3. At Home on Walsh Farm (5:01)
• 4. I'm a Racehorse! (2:51)
• 5. The Blue Moon Races (3:39)
• 6. A Pelican Named Goose (1:19)
• 7. Tucker Lays It Out! (2:25)
• 8. Goose Makes a Hit on the Iron Horse (2:10)
• 9. Run Like the Wind (2:04)
• 10. Twilight Run (2:27)
• 11. Upstaged by a Zebra (2:46)
• 12. A Brave Decision (1:48)
• 13. Glory Days (3:18)
• 14. If You Build It, They Will Come (2:21)
• 15. Out of Africa (1:06)
• 16. Spring Training (2:31)
• 17. Ambushed! (4:48)
• 18. Filly in Distress (1:05)
• 19. Race Day (1:03)
• 20. They're All In! (1:12)
• 21. The Big Race (7:19)
• 22. In the Winner's Circle (1:54)
• 23. It Ain't Over Yet - performed by Bryan Adams (3:18)

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