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  • Audio CD (15 Sept. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Uni/Disney/Duplicate Numbers
  • ASIN: B000009N9Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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One of the truly great ironies of modern American pop culture is the evolution of Randy Newman, social critic and songwriter superb, into one of the 1990s' preeminent scorers of animated films. As in Toy Story, Newman's music for A Bug's Life forms much of the crucial human dimension of the computer-generated visuals, replete with an upbeat, if ever-so-slyly fatalistic "theme" song, "The Time of Your Life." Newman's mastery of the orchestra sparkles here as he playfully romps from '40s-tinged big-band swing through Stalling-esque parodies and tomfoolery to mock-heroics worthy of Korngold and Waxman (or Randy's uncles--Alfred, Lionel, and Emil--for that matter). The brain trust at Pixar may have made impressive strides in forging their digital illusions of life, but they still seem eons away from replicating the musical synapses of Randy Newman's brain. If Walt's impending, much-rumored big thaw actually works out, will Newman be next in line for the Disney deep freeze? --Jerry McCulley

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Jolly on 22 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
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 By Mr. C. Brannon on 4 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
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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By Mrs. A. M. Chadwick VINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2015
Format: Audio CD
I'm a huge Disney fan and I always love having both the film and the soundtrack.

This is such a lovely CD to have, it also includes a beautiful song for this film. The song is composed by Randy Newman which he also sung and he's done an excellent job. It includes the Disney classic "The Time of Your Life".

The original score which you hear throughout the film is by Randy Newman, he wrote some beautiful melodies which work in well with the characters.

I can highly recommend this for any Disney fan. :-)
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By Martin L. Woodland on 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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By B. Yeong on 17 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
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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