Monsters University Soundtrack Review

We recently offered to review the Monsters University Soundtrack….apologies to the organisers that this is a bit later than we planned!…but we loved Monsters Inc so much that we couldn’t pass up the chance to get to grips with the new movie soundtrack.  When Grace was younger we used to watch the first film on DVD – especially if one of us was both feeling down – and our ‘cheer up’ moment was always the part near the beginning of the film where the Monster learning to scare would ‘hurt his bottom’ (always puts a smile across my face thinking of Grace in fits of giggles at that scene).

Anyway, the new Monsters University Movie was released in cinemas just over a month ago. We STILL haven’t had a chance to see it yet and, if you haven’t either, then here is a brief synopsis:

ABOUT “MONSTERS UNIVERSITY”

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer.  The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right. Screaming with laughter and oozing with heart, Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”), produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and features music from future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and award-winning composer Randy Newman (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 3”). Check out disney.com/MonstersU, like us at facebook.com/PixarMonstersUniversity, and follow us on twitter.com/disneypixar. Rated G by the MPAA, the film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in 3D in select theaters.

This really does sound like our kind of film and, listening to the soundtrack, you can imagine all the scrapes that these two get up to. We can’t wait to see the film in order to ‘fit it’ to the music!

The score is once again from Pixar Music extraordinaire, Randy Newman, the Oscar®- Grammy®- and Emmy®-winning composer/songwriter, marking his seventh Disney•Pixar film. The 20-time Oscar nominee’s wins include “If I Didn’t Have You” for “Monsters, Inc.” and “We Belong Together” for “Toy Story 3.” The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member created a full Alma Mater titled “Monsters University,” establishing a recurring collegiate theme. “We recruited the team at Pixar Canada to record the Alma Mater,” said Scanlon. “We needed a giant crowd of crazy monster students to be singing it and the Canada team was great for this—the end result is sort of perfectly ‘off.’ Actually, the first time we recorded it, it was really good. I had to say, ‘Guys, these are college students at a sporting event, let’s mess it up a little bit.’”

Newman added a unique flair to his score, calling on renowned international drum corps The Blue Devils to contribute a definitively collegiate sound. The composer also incorporated concert band music to exemplify the feeling of being in school. In fact, said Newman, “There’s a little bit of Brahms’ ‘Academic Festival Overture’ when Mike is riding the pig. I like to think Brahms would be extremely flattered by his inclusion in the score.”

The music is beautiful – although 6 year old Grace did find it a little boring partly because she doesn’t know anything about the film yet but mainly because ‘there are no words Mum’! I enjoyed a nice, relaxing listen though 🙂

The “Monsters University” soundtrack was released by Walt Disney Records/Pixar on June 17, 2013,and  is available at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/monsters-university/id661571967?affId=1657634. On June 4, the label released the “Roar” digital single, plus remixes by Style of Eye and Yogi. The album’s track listing follows.

 

  1. Main Title – Score
  2. Young Michael – Score
  3. First Day at MU – Score
  4. Dean Hardscrabble – Score
  5. Sulley – Score
  6. Scare Pig – Score
  7. Wasted Potential – Score
  8. Oozma Kappa – Score
  9. Stinging Glow Urchin – Score
  10. Field Trip – Score
  11. Rise and Shine – Score
  12. The Library – Score
  13. Roar – Performed by Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia
  14. The Scare Games – Score
  15. Did You Do This? – Score
  16. Human World – Score
  17. The Big Scare – Score
  18. Goodbyes – Score
  19. Mike and Sulley – Score
  20. Monsters University

Pop over to the above link if you would like to have a listen and download, and to add more flavour why not take a trip to the cinema this summer to see Monsters University? Grace, Ross and I have this on our ‘to do’ list 🙂

Thanks to Rock and Roll Baby World for providing us with a copy of the soundtrack to download and many apologies for the delay in submitting our review.

 

 

 

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