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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted by Hans Zimmer (Review)

posted Jun 13, 2012, 9:58 PM by Kaya Savas

Sequels, sequels everywhere! For Madagascar's third outing Hans Zimmer returns to the helm to hopefully restore some dignity to the franchise after the will.i.am debacle that plagued the second film. The first Madagascar was a very funny character driven animated film that Hans Zimmer was able to enhance with a terrific score. The track "Zoosters Breakout" wasn't the central theme at all in the first film, but it was the most recognizable theme. The second film embraced it as the central motif, but the whole experience was plagued by will.i.am who actually got co-composer credit on the film. This atrocity was not Hans' doing, but Jeffrey Katzenberg who is not the most musically savvy producer. He actually wanted Timon and Pumbaa to perform "Stayin' Alive" to distract the hyenas in The Lion King. Luckily he was outnumbered and they kept the "dress in drag and do the hula" bit. Anyway, Hans Zimmer does find a way to give this adventure a European flavored score.

We of course open with the "Zoosters" theme in the opening track, but don't worry he doesn't rely on it as heavily as he did in #2. He gives us some good score in the little we have on this CD. It seems Hans has been stuck in Europe for awhile between the two Sherlock Holmes films and this. The track "Light The Hoop On Fire!" has a lush Russian feel to it with a full chorus. Then the meat of the score on this album comes in "Recue Stefano", which is full of great arrangements and instrumentation. This is by far a great improvement over the enjoyable but will.i.am heavy Madagascar 2 experience. Is it clear that I hate will.i.am? Good. Anyway, the rest of the album is compiled of songs performed by Danny Jacobs of Phineas & Pherb fame. Just stay away from the "Circus Afro" version of "I Like To Move It" because it is quite annoying. Other than that Hans delivers enough change here even if it isn't represented fully on this album.

Hans fans like me will enjoy the scraps of score found on this release. He is able to infuse the setting very well into the score while touching on the popular "Zoosters" theme briefly. The score is a good enough appetizer for Zimmer enthusiasts till The Dark Knight Rises next month.
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