The snippets/quotes I can recall are the French National Anthem (a few times), Brazil (which is credited), the Wedding March and a brief blast of Call Of The Champions by John Williams. It's been some time since I've heard Elfman in real cartoon mode, aping his Pee Wee/Back To School style. It's a bit too manic and disparate at times, but there are some good moments in amongst the whack-ness.
I like a lot of Elfman's work but this music for a children's film just isn't to my taste. Over busy, Micky Mouse music. However, at this stage of his career, Elfman can score what he likes and good luck to him.
Me? I'm listening to 'Promised Land' and The Next Three Days'.
Gotta say a lot of his scores leave me cold, and a lot of them remind me too much of either Edward Scissorhands, or Batman, but I was totally delighted throughout his score for Mr Peabody and Sherman. It is a terrific little picture, and his score is a delightfully bright and truly orchestral piece.
Throughout the picture I thought this is the kind of full bore score that Jerry Goldsmith treated his animated movies with, rich with themes and large scale orchestrations. I am really impressed with his Mr. Peabody score, I cannot praise it enough. Compliments to Elfman and to director Rob Minkoff for pushing for this kind of score.
Just caught the film itself last night now that it's on Netflix at my girlfriend's insistence.
I listened to the score a bit when it was released and liked it well enough. One thing that was not on the CD however was a big Don Davis quote from his Matrix scores during an action sequence set in ancient Egypt. Nice surprise.