It may seem extravagant for a film about a bunch of bugs, but soundtrack composers Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell engaged an 85-piece orchestra and 25-member chorus to perform the music for Antz. In the film, a wor... more »ker ant with the voice of Woody Allen becomes a hero to his embattled colony and earns the affections of Princess Bala (the voice of Sharon Stone). Appropriately, the music is a mix of dramatic swells, romantic interludes, and celebratory jaunts, scurrying from sprightly jazz to classical dirge to Latin bounce--there are even allusions to "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and "Guantanamera." This surprising diversity makes the music from Antz lively enough for children and sophisticated enough for adults. --Richard Martin« less
It may seem extravagant for a film about a bunch of bugs, but soundtrack composers Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell engaged an 85-piece orchestra and 25-member chorus to perform the music for Antz. In the film, a worker ant with the voice of Woody Allen becomes a hero to his embattled colony and earns the affections of Princess Bala (the voice of Sharon Stone). Appropriately, the music is a mix of dramatic swells, romantic interludes, and celebratory jaunts, scurrying from sprightly jazz to classical dirge to Latin bounce--there are even allusions to "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and "Guantanamera." This surprising diversity makes the music from Antz lively enough for children and sophisticated enough for adults. --Richard Martin
"I like this CD. The music is lively and fun to listen to outside of the movie context. However, I was disappointed because some of the great musical moments in the movie are not on the CD. The end credits, the popular songs (like "I can see clearly now.") are not there, and the reference to "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" that you can hear during the magnifying glass sequence is not present on the soundtrack."
A fantastic and varied score
David Gottner | 11/11/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the best animated film scores in recent years by relative newcomers Harry Gregson-Williams (The Replacement Killers, The Borrowers) and John Powell (Face/Off). Contrary to what a previous customer wrote, Hans Zimmer didn't compose a single note of this fabulous score. Zimmer was merely the album's executive producer, but his influence is clear. Especially enjoyable are the jaunty and exciting first two tracks, the ethereal WASPs' Theme (in Track 15) and the thrilling music to the shoe scene (Track 16). Another encouraging thing is that all of the music on this album is actually IN the movie, so this isn't just another one of those "music inspired by" albums we've been seeing so many of recently. Now, if we could only get a "Godzilla" score album..."
A wonderful, refreshing, tuneful score
Joshua Kaufman | Cincinnati, OH | 02/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For the movie Antz, Dreamworks assigned two composers from Hans Zimmer's Media Ventures team to score the film. One might think it odd that a group known mainly for action music would be good at scoring an animated film (Zimmer himself excepted, to scored both The Lion King and Prince of Egypt previous to this). However, John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams prove they have what it takes to make the animation come to life through music. The score starts off right away with a wonderful jazzy piano theme representing Z. Then on to track 2, The Colony, we have 'The Colony', a piece I can listen to over and over. It's a great smaba-like piece with a melody that's - get this - whistled. The tune is wonderful and memorable. Both the above themes are interspirsed throughout the score in many incarnations There are plenty of other highlights to this score. '6:15 Time to Dance' is especially notible, as it starts off with a very stately and mudane version of the song 'Guantanamela', and about halfway through goes into a fast, full force version that I really really love, andthen backs down again. 'The Ants go Marching to War' contains new lyrics to the ant version of 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home', and ends with a great battle music. And speaking of battle music, the score is littered with lots of it, and it really shines over most Media Ventures scores because it's played by a full orchestra. Overall, Antz is the score that just keeps going. It's got everything I like about a good score -- wonderful melodies, a great variety of fast and slow music, colorful orchestrations, and new ways of manipulating music that makes it unique. I highly recommend this score to anyone."
Joshua Kaufman | 02/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It seems a modern trend of soundtracks is to have long, slow, depreesing, agonizing, slow pieces for strings... Not so with Antz. Here we have music with real melody lines.. Active music, with a diverse number of themes in it, wild percussion. They even dare to have jazz arrangements of the themes.. Its great stuff."
An antz in the pants great score
Brandon Cutro | Tyler, Texas United States | 11/23/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"With Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell teaming up scoring a film, great things usually happen and this is a great example of that. Antz is a fun and exciting score that is a joy to listen to because when it is good, it is really good. Several different themes are present throughout. One is found in "Z's Theme" which features lush string playing with some harmonicas and percussion. Another theme is found in "Princess Bala", which features the woodwind section of the orchestra. Another theme that can be found is a military style theme that is present in "General Mandible" and "Mandible and Cutter Plot". Some tunes that get up and make you want to dance like a moron are found in "The Colony" and "6:15 Time To Dance". The version of "Guantanamera" is dull and boring so don't pay much attention to it, unless you like it of course. The old civil war marching tune "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" is parodied in the track "The Antz Go Marching To War" which is actually a great track and a highlight of the album. 3 excellent action cues are present including "The Magnifying Glass", "The Big Shoe", and the thrilling "Z To The Rescue". An all around great score that Dreamworks does an excellent job of doing. The sound on the album is outstanding and the orchestral performance is dynamite. Kudos to Gregson-Williams and Powell and their partnership, which is becoming one of the best in film music."