Soundtrack Review: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012)

Madagascar 3 - Europe's Most Wanted by Hans Zimmer (New York City Surprise) (2012)

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted by Hans Zimmer.

“Hans Zimmer delivers yet again a fun-filled adventurous score with Madagascar 3.”

Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman is back with the third adventure in the Madagascar series. They are still trying to get back to their home, New York. They have a big journey ahead of them through Europe where they find the perfect cover, a traveling circus. Returning with the ever so funny animals is composer Hans Zimmer.

Track List

1. New York City Surprise 100
4. Game On 80
7. Light the Hoop on Fire! 100
8. Fur Power! 60
11. Rescue Stefano 80

I’ve enjoyed the two previous scores in the series despite it being a bit on the short side. This soundtrack includes 5 tracks from Zimmer while the rest are mainly songs by Danny Jacobs, The Capitols, Frances McDormand, Pether Asher, Katy Perry and Chris Rock. As usual, I will happily ignore them while I focus only on the score by Hans Zimmer.

Let me just get it out there, I think that the mai theme for Madagascar is one of the finest themes Hans Zimmer has written and luckily for me (and you) it is included in the opening cue ‘New York City Surprise’. It is a vibrant and fun as ever and I enjoyed this version of the main theme just as much as I have enjoyed the others over the years. Other than that there is a fantastic cue with a massive Russian choir (except the song isn’t that much Russian sounding) called ‘Light the Hoop on Fire’. I can only assume they are trying to do a great trick in the circus while traveling through Russia perhaps? Either way, this is a superb track with ups and downs, lots of emotions and fun.

‘Game On’ is very funny track with a little bit of Spanish tango, like a duel is about to start. What’s even more fun is the play on John Williams ‘Jaws’ theme. It sounds so out of place that it works within the tango inspired theme. ‘Fur Power!’ is the weakest cue on the score, not because it isn’t good, but because it’s not Zimmer’s work, it’s a version of the patriotic British song ‘Land of Hope and Glory’. ‘Rescue Stefano is the last Zimmer cue on the score, the most quiet of all the cues here and it’s quite good. The bed of strings has a slow patient buildup, but keep listening and you shall be rewarded.

Conclusion

Hans Zimmer delivers yet again a fun-filled adventurous score with Madagascar 3. I love the fact that it feels like a journey from Russia to Spain and to England and you can clearly hear it clear as day. This is what makes the journey fun and Zimmer has a great way of bringing it all together. When you add the new version of the main theme, which is just as fantastic as ever by the way, you have a very good score.

GEEK SCORE: 84

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Soundtrack Review: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), 7.1 out of 10 based on 12 ratings
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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Issidro-Rodriguez-Avila/1138983423 Issidro Rodriguez Avila

    Light the Hoop on Fire! its the best track. I like that hans use themes for the previous films. But i miss a track with morricone influence or a track like “alex in the spot”

    • http://soundtrackgeek.com soundtrackgeek

      Hehe yeah that was a fun track.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Issidro-Rodriguez-Avila/1138983423 Issidro Rodriguez Avila

    Light the Hoop on Fire! its the best track. I like that hans use themes for the previous films. But i miss a track with morricone influence or a track like “alex in the spot”

  • http://twitter.com/RazorCedge Chris E

    Number 1, New York City Surprise is the best track by a country mile.

    • http://soundtrackgeek.com soundtrackgeek

      It’s my favorite as well. Love it!