Big Hero 6 (Henry Jackman)

Big Hero 6 Soundtrack Cover

Big Hero 6 Soundtrack Cover

Big Hero 6 Soundtrack by Henry Jackman (2014)

Get it:  If you want a fun soundtrack that isn’t necessarily light

Don’t get it:  If you are looking for something more intense, dramatic, or glorious

Big Hero = Big Soundtrack

Walt Disney Records has just released on CD the soundtrack to the animated film Big Hero 6 by Henry Jackman.  This score makes great use of both classic and modern instruments throughout.  Some of it is classical, some more techno, while still more is rock music.  There is a track by Fall Out Boy, but other than that it is Jackman’s music.  It is fun, but not in a light way.  It’s substantially fun.

The soundtrack is balanced very well in style, instruments, tone, feeling, and more.  Jackman’s score seems perfect for an animated film.  If you have worries that it is tailored for the film and may not be good to listen to just because, then don’t worry.  It is absolutely good for listening without boredom.  Viewing the film as well is not a requirement, although it may help you appreciate the music better.

There is a theme used throughout but not so much that it gets overused.  Part of this story has Japanese influence, and the music reflects this, but again not overly so.  This is an excellent soundtrack worth checking out without a doubt.

Check out one of the highlights, “Huggable Detective”,  below:

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Postman Pat: The Movie (Rupert Gregson-Williams)

Postman Pat: The Movie Soundtrack Cover

Postman Pat: The Movie Soundtrack Cover

Postman Pat: The Movie Soundtrack by Rupert Gregson-Williams

Get it:  If you want a soundtrack that is adventurous and playful, not so much action or drama focused

Don’t get it:  If you like something with a more heavy substance

The soundtrack to Postman Pat: The Movie, from Lakeshore Records (available digitally now and on CD October 21st), is a classic ‘good cartoon soundtrack.’  It is based on the original British television series Postman Pat.  The opening is quite nice.  It feels somewhat like you’re settling in for a light adventure.  Gregson-Williams makes consistently good use of strings throughout to promote a happy, care-free feeling.  This is a playful soundtrack, which is good for this animated film.  It is not very dramatic, but there is no call for that, so it works perfectly fine.

Although this does not go without action music, it is done in a ‘cartoon action style.’  The brass is not overused, which adds to its impact when it is used.  Other elements that were brought it, like guitar and piano, were used well and helped to incorporate different sounds and feels.  Toward the end, more drama and action is brought forward, but it doesn’t lose the film’s true focus.  This is a more pleasant than masterful score, but that’s what it is supposed to be, so nice job Rupert Gregson-Williams.

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