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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Tim Simonec

Co-Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Cameron Patrick
Alki Steriopoulos
Jeffrey Kryka

Co-Conducted by:
Marshall Bowen
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Walt Disney Records
(March 4th, 2016)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... for the highlighted new Shakira song and only a few passages of Michael Giacchino's score if you seek the musical embodiment of the film's exuberant spirit.

Avoid it... if you expect Giacchino to crank out a score that is either cohesive or fun, the haphazard result of his toils failing to connect and likely to leave many listeners scurrying for his many superior animation scores of previous years.
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WRITTEN 3/22/16
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Zootopia: (Michael Giacchino) Just in time to serve as an antidote to the xenophobic prejudice dominating America's presidential election of 2016 due to the frightening rhetoric of the Donald Trump campaign, Disney's Zootopia is a brightly crafted tale of hope in an otherwise racially divided society. That world, in this case, is populated by anthropomorphic mammals, its city plagued by corruption and suspicion that places the predator species in the crosshairs of the government. It takes a young new cop, a feisty, pragmatic, rural bunny, to solve the mystery behind the circumstances causing discrimination against the predators, and Zootopia goes beyond its moral message to not only convey a self-discovery narrative about the bunny, but one that will please feminist groups along the way as well. Most importantly, despite the plethora of animated animal flicks for kids during this era, the film represents an original Disney concept at a time when so many of their features are derivative of previously established ideas. The movie was both a critical and box office success, suggesting spin-offs galore. While he is a veteran of Pixar films and has tackled several short animated features through the years, composer Michael Giacchino wades into the full-fledged Disney feature realm for the first time with Zootopia, a solid choice to handle the project after his highly acclaimed animation music of the prior dozen years. His four major scores of 2015 combined to form a stunning whole, Giacchino's production for releases of that year among the best work any composer has supplied in a short period of time in many years. He wrote and recorded Zootopia late in 2015, and perhaps between Inside Out and his other endeavors of the prior months, he was sapped of his creative energy. For many film music collectors, Zootopia will be a disappointment, not because Giacchino isn't proficient in the genre's musical needs, because he certainly is. The score sounds in parts like a John Powell entry stripped of all its pizzazz and character, rambling through jazzy interludes and bouncing orchestral passages all the same but lacking any distinctive personality. To return to the political analogy, successful candidates are those who look like they are having fun on the stage at their rallies. The same applies to film scores of this type. The best rowdy children's scores sound like they were a hoot to write and perform. Zootopia's performances, unfortunately, don't exhibit that sense of fun at all.

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You've got to be kidding me.
William Bard - December 25, 2016, at 2:53 p.m.
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My alternate review for Zootopia.
Hari Haran - December 5, 2016, at 8:41 a.m.
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FVSR Reviews Zootopia
Brendan Cochran - May 8, 2016, at 2:38 p.m.
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Does every review have to include the 2016 presidential race?   Expand >>
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Total Time: 62:32
• 1. Try Everything - performed by Shakira (3:16)
• 2. Stage Fright (0:39)
• 3. Grey's Uh-Mad at Me (1:44)
• 4. Ticket to Write (1:07)
• 5. Foxy Fakeout (2:08)
• 6. Jumbo Pop Hustle (1:50)
• 7. Walk and Stalk (1:29)
• 8. Not a Real Cop (1:34)
• 9. Hopps Goes (After) the Weasel (2:19)
• 10. The Naturalist (3:09)
• 11. Work Slowly and Carry a Big Shtick (0:44)
• 12. Mr. Big (2:47)
• 13. Case of the Manchas (4:00)
• 14. The Nick of Time (5:02)
• 15. World's Worst Animal Shelter (4:24)
• 16. Some of My Best Friends are Predators (3:47)
• 17. A Bunny Can Go Savage (1:45)
• 18. Weasel Shakedown (2:04)
• 19. Ramifications (3:58)
• 20. Ewe Fell for It (6:37)
• 21. Three-Toe Bandito (0:43)
• 22. Suite From Zootopia (7:28)

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The insert includes lyrics to the song but no extra information about the score or film.
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