Cars Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Cars by Randy Newman.
At a glance:
21 minutes of score
Geek Score: 87.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 8.33
Album Excellence: 40%
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In 2006, Pixar and Disney decided it was time to unleash a new franchise to the world, Cars. Directed by John Lasseter himself, this was going to be big. Still, a lot of people wasn’t too happy with it and it took 5 years until the sequel came along. The story is as follows: A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family. Randy Newman, long time Disney composer, did the score.
I think the score can be fun like ‘Opening Race’ which mixes orchestral scoring with some rock and it’s fun. Newman’s style here is similar to Toy Story, except with new themes and the use of Banjo. Still, I have the same feeling. It’s a bit of mickey mousing going on here and that’s maybe why they went with Michael Giacchino for Cars 2. Personally I enjoy both styles and they have their advantages and disadvantages. Apart from the opening fanfare in ‘Opening Race’ and ‘McQueen and Sally’ there’s not many themes to hold on to. Cars is lacking some identity.
I like this score, it’s easy to listen to, but there’s no incentive to listen to it again.
9. Opening Race
16. McQueen And Sally
18. Pre-Race Pageantry