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Open Season: Scared Silly by Rupert Gregson-Williams & Dominic Lewis

posted Apr 18, 2016, 4:59 PM by Kaya Savas

Open Season is not necessarily a franchise you think of when it comes to top tier animated films. The first one banked on some successful voice acting from Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher and a colorful score from Ramin Djawadi. Ramin returned to score the second Open Season, while Jeff Cardoni stepped in for the third one. Scared Silly is the fourth entry in this franchise which started back in 2006, and the score is handled by two great composers. Rupert Gregson-Williams is no stranger to animation and neither is Dominic Lewis. Another cool thing here is that Dominic started his career being Rupert’s assistant, so to see these two work together again in  co-composing roles is really great. 

Rupert Gregson-Williams is probably one of the more underrated animation composers. His scores to Bee Movie and Over The Hedge never established the status of his brother’s work on the Shrek series, but they are pretty terrific. Dominic’s work with Rupert and John Powell has given him the experience which he demonstrated on the animated film Free Birds. So here the two combine their talents for light melodic color. Let’s be honest first though in that this direct to video entry in a tired franchise is not going to floor you by any means. The score is short too, clocking in around 33 minutes. However, what we have here are bursts of some great orchestral flourish that actually presents us with some awesome adventure tracks. The score is never too bouncy or light, so when the “PG-rated” peril ensues it actually has some weight behind it. Sure, we get some goofy passages meant to compliment the characters and the comedy, but it’s never too much. There is a sweetness and wholesomeness to the score as well that adds a nice layer of emotion and heart, this really make the package seem complete. 

Just because this is the 4th Open Season and it’s the 3rd direct to video one doesn’t mean it’s effortless entertainment. Rupert and Dom have combined their wonderful talents in this genre to compose a very entertaining adventure score that also brings the characters comedic personalities into the mix. Yes there are moments that play to the comedy that are goofy, but there are also moments that hit that sweet spot for orchestral adventure. It’s a short and sweet score that on the outside may seem like something worth skipping, but you’d be missing out on some great fun.