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Bug's Life [Soundtrack]

Randy Newman Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Uni/Disney/Blisterpack
  • ASIN: B000009N9W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

1. The Time Of Your Life
2. The Filk Machine
3. Seed To Tree
4. Red Alert
5. Hopper And His Gang
6. Filk Leaves
7. Circus Bugs
8. The City
9. Robin Hood
10. Return To Colony
11. Filk's Return
12. Loser
13. Dot's Rescue
14. Atta
15. Don't Come Back
16. Grasshopper's Return
17. The Bird Flies
18. Ants Fight Back
19. Victory
20. A Bug's Life Suite

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A Bug’s Life Soundtrack
The tagline for this 1998 CGI insect flick – Pixar’s equally impressive follow-up to ‘Toy Story’ – is ‘an epic of miniature proportions!’ This is also true of the score; the delightfully strange epic quality of the story (it’s about ANTS, for Pete’s sake!!!) is well reflected in Newman’s music, which is a quirky blend of cartoonish slapstick dissonance and melodic Western-like gushing, plus a whole lot more in-between the two.
It’s a pacy soundtrack, that tends to flick (or is that ‘Flik’?) between comic and sensitive nuances by the second. If you can keep up, there’s much to enjoy. Music accompanying the sections of narrative relating to the ant colony contains a likeably varied array of thematic material, a major feature of the more general ‘ant’ underscoring being a pentatonic five-note scale, which I hesitate to say, creates key signatures that sound astonishingly ant-like (!), giving the distinct impression of uncomplicated yet somehow dutiful characters. Again to Newman’s credit, the soundtrack always feels like the outdoors. You can almost breathe the lazy spring air wafting through the dandelions of Ant Island as you listen, I kid you not.
Tracks on the CD relating to the main supporting characters of Francis, Slim, Tuck & Roll and the other pitiful clownish failures make for a welcome contrast with their upbeat circus-themed stylistics, while the Kevin Spacey-and-his-jerkish-grasshopper-buddies motif is fun with an appropriate measure of menace. My favourite theme, however, is a pacy and aggressive action melody which occurs three or four times in the movie (heard first in the track ‘Red Alert’), which is just fantastic, because it apparently signifies nothing more than instances in which ‘every character onscreen runs around in a panic in all directions!’ Top stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of the best soundtrack cd's around although disney never created the traditional songs throughout the movie. Its a testament to the lavish score that accompanies the brilliantly animated film. My particular favourites, where the Randy Newamn end title track The time of your life and the opening siganture tune. thers the obviouse annoying short insegnifigant tracks lasting a few minutes that you don't tend to notice but there are some suprises .All that i can say other than that is buy it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real fun 20 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had a great time listening to the cd. HAPPY TIMES. A great price and a great service and in the time that was forcasted
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4.0 out of 5 stars good buuut 17 Nov 2010
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it was good, but there was no plastic wrapping round it so it wasnt really "new" which is what i ordered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A score full of life 13 Nov 2002
By Brandon Cutro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Randy Newman does it again with A Bug's Life. His previous efforts were the Toy Story scores, but this one clearly outdoes them both and is some of the best music written for a Disney film. The music itself is part jazz, part big band, and orchestral. The orchestral is by far the best of the three. The song "The Time of Your Life" written and performed by Randy Newman himself is an upbeat catchy tune that he has a knack for writing. The main theme is a heroic melody that is heard in "Flik Leaves", "Return to the Colony", "Flik's Return", "Victory" and "A Bug's Life Suite", which contains a bit of all the orchestral music in the score. The big band stuff is found in "Flik Machine" and "The City". The jazz part is heard in the song "The Time of Your Life" and pops up now and then, especially at the beginning of "Flik Leaves". The action music is superb and blows you out of your seat. It is present in "Red Alert", "Robin Hood", "Dot's Rescue", "Grasshoppers' Return", "The Bird Flies", and "The Ants Fight Back", as well as parts of "A Bug's Life Suite". The action music is dominated by a powerful brass section and snare drums. This soundtrack has a little something for everyone for all ages. It's got swinging jazz, groovy big band tunes, and powerful orchestral music. A must have!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent 28 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The cd has great music the kids like the songs and the beats to the songs. I have 14 kids living in my house and people say I am a nut case to have had all those kids. But I love kids. Especially when you turn on the great music like this cd has. I took them to see the movie and it was adorable! If you have listened to the cd or seen the movie you will absolutly want the other. Now my kids listen to the cd 24-7 and I have yet to get sick of it. When the movie is out on vidio we are going to have it on and my kids will practically have their eyes glued to the tv. Why not? They already have their ears glued to the radio. This cd is a have to have cd especially if you have a bundle of kids like I do.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good, Solid Disney Score 29 Mar 2001
By J. Duncan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's solid, and some of the cues really sweep you up, but this is Disney, remember. However, don't get me wrong, Disney has a tradition of fantastic scores, and this one doesn't really disappoint... It's a good, solid score, and if you liked the film, you should definately get this.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Soundtrack By Randy Newman 12 Mar 2009
By MusicMan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I got the Bug's Life CD a while ago and still like listening to it. It has a catchy song, and several nice jazzy pieces. My favorite tracks are 2, 8, and 14. I hope you can enjoy this too!
5.0 out of 5 stars A high-flying soundtrack 5 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Randy Newman has done it this time. When I listen to this I know who said what at almost every point of the movie and song at once. He makes you feel like you're in the movie....especially "The Bird Flys", It's like you're Flik in the movie flying in the air with the Blueberries.
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