It's as if composer Danny Elfman's fertile relationship with director Tim Burton had been building up to this, their 11th collaboration and perhaps the one that best encapsulates their shared aesthetics: It's hard to think of a subject better suited to the two men than an adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. For the occasion, Elfman has come up with five actual songs (and sings on them), which reminds one of the 1980s heyday of his old band, Oingo Boingo. The first, "Wonka's Welcome Song" is a demented minute-long blast that evokes 1960s kiddie TV. Each of the other four (which use Dahl's own words) is dedicated to one of the children invited to visit Willy Wonka's factory, and each is done is a different musical style. All are fantastically fun. A personal favorite is the mock-operatic "Mike TeaVee," on which Elfman basically transposes "Bohemian Rhapsody" to a hyperactive cartoon universe. The lovely "Main Titles" acts as a transition into the instrumental part of the score and will be familiar to fans of Elfman's music for Edward Scissorhands, particularly its otherworldly, celestial choral sound. The rest of the tracks simply represent the work of Elfman and his longtime arranger, Steve Bartek, at their best, alternately flamboyant, dreamlike, and suggestive. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Warner Home Video
Warner Home Video
Warner Home Video
Warner Home Video
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an inspired tour de force of comic insanity, retribution, and an enormous place that makes the most luscious sweets around. Suffice it to say that the soundtrack to this movie must live up to this insanity, which it complements to a tee.
One of the funniest, most surprising things about this movie is the Oompa Loompa's music, which, coincidentally, is a hallmark in the first movie as well. The Oompas Loompas sing to each child as they "get it" in the factory, sending them off with a bit of jabbing and barbing their lesson. Danny Elfman took the words from the actual book, and put them to music. Each child has a different "theme" of music, which becomes almost as comical as the actual song. Combined with inspired choreography, it makes for a laugh-sterical time.
The opening song on the CD is quite catchy and frivilous, which greets the kids and parents as they enter the factory. Most have compared it to a TV show theme, which...
More of a techno-tune fantasy than the bubbly candy land music of Willy Wonka, Danny Elfman's fantastic and original score for Tim Burton's Charlie & The Chocolate Factory is possibly one of the best soundtracks ever from the legendary composer. I've been a huge fan of Elfman, everything from Simpsons to Sleepy Hollow. Hints of Edward Scissorhands and Mars Attacks prevail throughout the running time. Starting off with the up tone antics of 'Wonka's Welcome Song' and the 'Augustus Gloop' and 'Violet Beuregarde' theme tunes, the highlight is track 7: Wonka's First Shop. Equally impressive is 'The Indian Palace' and the charming 'Wheels in Motion'. This is the soundtrack that Danny Elfman was born to compose, combining some previous scores while infusing it's own unique blend of quirky fun. CTCF is one of those soundtracks that make you want to watch the movie even more, and this is a great accompanying soundtrack. Charlie's Birthday Bar and The Golden Ticket/Factory combined with the...
Danny Elfman is truly a genius. He is up there with the likes of John Williams and Howard Shore, in my opinion.
This album is *BRILLIANT*! Let me write a brief review of each individual lyrical song, and then an overview of the instrumental score....
1) Wonka's Welcome Song -- This song is awesome. It gives one the feeling of listening to "It's A Small World" or "Welcome to Duloc". Couple that with the visuals we've seen in the trailers, and we've got ourselves a truly disturbing, but very fun song. It's creepy, it's annoying, and it serves its purpose well! You'll have this song stuck in your head for *days* (even Tim Burton himself mentioned that he couldn't get it out of his head.)
2) Augustus Gloop -- This song will have you tapping your toes and humming along (or singing, if you know the words, like many fans of the book do). It is catchy, fun, and upbeat. Pure Bollywood. Danny Elfman provides the voice for all the Oompa-Loompas, in all of the...
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