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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Conducted by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Conrad Pope
Mark Graham
Jean Pascal Beintus

Co-Conducted by:
Jasper Randall

Produced by:
Dominique Solrey Lemonnier
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(July 8th, 2016)
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Buy it... if you desire Alexandre Desplat's equivalent in the retro jazz and romance genres to Michael Giacchino's similar ventures, this take on the same idea better executed in technical precision.

Avoid it... if wildly schizophrenic children's music that bounces between genres at will makes you never want to have kids, because there is a case to be made that this score, just like your kids, can drive you crazy in just a few minutes.
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WRITTEN 9/4/16
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The Secret Life of Pets: (Alexandre Desplat) One must wonder if director Chris Renaud, who had made a name for himself as a bankable talent with the Despicable Me and Minions movies, realized that he was thoroughly aping the storyline of Toy Story when he created The Secret Life of Pets, but audiences more than forgave him for this transgression either way. The plotline of the 2016 film replaces toys with common house pets and gives audiences a glimpse into what they do when their human masters are out of sight. In the case of one dog owner in New York, two initially hostile dogs use a journey around the city and back again to learn to like each other and their master, and it's their adventure amongst the many other animals of the city that brings each episode of humor to life. There are love interests, chase sequences, and even a plot by a gang of abandoned pets to annihilate the human population, and together, The Secret Life of Pets survived some uncertain critics to became a massive box office hit. The music for the film, while perfectly suited to succumb to a song-dominated soundtrack, was tailor-made for a jazzy adventure score right up the alley of Michael Giacchino, and the lack of his name on this movie's poster was initially a surprise. Instead, the assignment went to Frenchman Alexandre Desplat, which shouldn't catch anyone off guard despite the limited number of forays into the animated genre for the highly respectable drama master. Desplat has conveyed an immense sense of humor in his wilder music (The Grand Budapest Hotel remains a work best appreciated perhaps while on hallucinogenic substances) and achieved much acclaim for The Fantastic Mr. Fox, not to mention that he has professed his admiration for jazz masters of eras past many times. His approach to The Secret Life of Pets, therefore, is exactly as one would have expected to hear from Giacchino based his prior similar entries, except with Desplat's own unique voice and arguably superior flair for orchestration. You also have a more vibrant mix of the jazz and traditional orchestral elements in Desplat's take on the idea, Giacchino's flatly dry ambience replaced with a wider, dynamic soundscape by Desplat. There is much to appreciate in Desplat's instrumental and melodic techniques for The Secret Life of Pets, even if the schizophrenic pacing and frantic tone turns you away as predictably as any other wacky children's score.

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Average: 3 Stars
***** 29 5 Stars
**** 24 4 Stars
*** 35 3 Stars
** 35 2 Stars
* 23 1 Stars
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FVSR Reviews The Secret Life Of Pets
Brendan Cochran - September 17, 2016, at 10:11 a.m.
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Desplat and class warfare
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Total Time: 52:31
• 1. Meet the Pets (2:37)
• 2. Katie's Leaving (0:55)
• 3. Meet Duke (3:36)
• 4. Fetch Me a Stick (3:09)
• 5. Telenovela Squirrels (1:24)
• 6. Hijack! (2:00)
• 7. Gidget Meets Tiberius (4:56)
• 8. Initiation Time (1:01)
• 9. Rooftop Route (1:27)
• 10. The Viper (1:49)
• 11. You Have an Owner? (3:04)
• 12. Good Morning Max (1:29)
• 13. Sewer Chase (1:09)
• 14. Who's With Me? (1:21)
• 15. Me Like What Me See (0:54)
• 16. Traveling Bossa (1:56)
• 17. Flushed Out to Brooklyn (2:47)
• 18. Sausages! (1:13)
• 19. Duke's Old House/Captured (3:03)
• 20. Brooklyn Bridge Showdown (2:34)
• 21. Rescuing Duke (2:46)
• 22. Wet But Handsome/Blue Taxi (1:24)
• 23. Max and Gidget (1:36)
• 24. Welcome Home (1:57)
• 25. We Go Together* (1:24)
* written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, performed by The Sausage Factory Singers

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