Varese Sarabande - 25th Anniversary Celebration - Volume IILimited Edition
Varese Sarabande Club (VCL 0703 1021)
Released: July 29, 2003
Format: CD (306 min)
Review: My Dog Skip
3 / 5 Stars
One could mistake the take musically by Ross to be a simple formula derived from many of the live action Disney kid-friendly films. However, Ross does have a knack for melody which makes the entire score a real charm and interesting to listen to. Ross has had his take on many family-fare types of films and has honed scoring specifically for this type of story down a fine art. The "Main Title" is a great little cue to start out any film, and I'm sure all the home-movie folks will use their iMacs to under score their own little films, it's generic but cute. The score isn't entirely uplifting, although most of it is gentle and fun, there are parts such as "Greenwood Cemetery" that are darker and more brooding. It does kind of run the gambit emotionally, mirroring the life portrayed by Frankie Munitz (Malcom In The Middle) in the Willie Morris role.
If you like Alan Silvestri's Forest Gump and The Parent Trap, Newman's Avalon, and of course, James Newton Howard's Dave, you'll definitely enjoy this release (the cover photo is cute too). I'm happy to have added it to my own collection, and it would be nice to see William Ross step out from his popular orchestrator role to take on more composing projects. He definitely has the talent and skill to do so as demonstrated here.
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