Frankenweenie Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Frankenweenie by Danny Elfman.
“The score is gothic, dark and delicious, exactly what I wanted.”
Frankenweenie is an animated family comedy about young Victor who conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.The film is directed by Tim Burton and starring Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short. The score is composed by Danny Elfman.
|1. Frankenweenie Disney Logo||100|
|2. Main Titles||80|
|3. Mr. Burgermeister/Noses Meet||80|
|4. Game of Death||100|
|5. The Funeral||100|
|8. Sparky’s Day Out||100|
|9. Dad’s Talk||80|
|10. The Bride/Edgar Knows||80|
|11. Invisible Fish/Search for Sparky||80|
|12. A Premonition||80|
|13. The Speech||80|
|14. Mom’s Discovery/Farewell||80|
|15. Getting Ready||100|
|16. Making Monsters||100|
|17. Pool Monsters Attack||100|
|18. Mad Monster Party||100|
|19. Final Confrontation||100|
|20. Happy Ending||100|
|21. Alternate Main Titles||80|
|22. Over the Fence||60|
You know that you are in for something special when the Disney intro becomes awesome. They included it as the first cue of the album and the way it transforms into Elman-esque deliciousness is just great. Yep, Frankenweenie proves that Elfman still has it and then some. It’s been a pretty good year for him so far.
What I like about the score is gothic darkness like in the last half of ‘Game Of Death’ and the menacing ‘Re-Animation’ with it’s glorious sci-fi feel to it. It meshes beautifully with more quiet themes such as the sad cue ‘The Funeral’. ‘Making Monsters’ is a cue I would like to talk about as well with it’s almost Godzilla-like beginning. It is fearsome and awesome all the way.
Frankenweenie deserves success and in the November edition of Top Scores 2012: Critic’s Choice it is at the time of writing number two. I don’t think it will stay there, but it shows its immediate impact. The score is gothic, dark and delicious, exactly what I wanted.
GEEK SCORE: 90