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 Posted:   Feb 19, 2019 - 12:58 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

A Disney live action/animated film:

 Posted:   Aug 21, 2020 - 7:32 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Score released today, digital only:

 Posted:   Aug 22, 2020 - 2:32 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

Should be interesting.
Such a Un-Craig Armstrong-like project.
Good to see him bagging 'out there' stuff like this.

 Posted:   Aug 22, 2020 - 2:37 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Hard to go wrong with Armstrong -- whether his synth/pop stuff or orchestral stuff -- and this seems like a great canvas for him, at least. I'll definitely be checking this out.

 Posted:   Aug 22, 2020 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Hmmm....I had a listen on Spotify, and I was NOT impressed. Loads of whimsical figures going nowhere fast. Oh well.

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2020 - 11:53 AM   
 By:   MattyT   (Member)

I went back and revisited this score after watching the movie with my kids on Disney+ over the weekend and I think this is a pretty solid effort by Craig Armstrong. It's of course very saccharine and whimsical, but the film is very sweet and I think the score fits it nicely. There are a few standout moments in the score for me, ("Stella Leaves", "Ivan is Set Free" "Reflections of Ivan") that I think are really well done and got repeated listens.

 Posted:   Dec 16, 2020 - 6:53 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Its a sweet little score. Not one bad track. But it is kinda generic and not very memorable. It's still very pretty and relaxing music to listen to.

 Posted:   Sep 30, 2021 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

Finally got around to giving this a blast...and I really like it.
I've always liked Craig Armstrong's style - and he's a demon at tugging away at your heartstrings in and around popular songs and modern style musicals - and you can hear his voice well enough here.
It's big and lush and tuneful. Some choir at times too.
It is sugary and sweet, but also quite lovely at times, with that gorgeous CA 'melodic piano' style tinkling away.
Some of the broad strings moments veer into Rachel Portman territory at times, but that's no bad thing to me either.
A lovely 55 minutes was most certainly had.

 Posted:   Sep 30, 2021 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   batman&robin   (Member)

Must confess I wasn't even aware this existed, less so that Armstrong composed the music for it.

But then I saw the comment by my friend Thor and said to myself "if Thor don't like it, then it's definitely worth checking" wink

And so it is. I loved this score. Sure it's whimsical and sometimes syrupy, but it's just gorgeous music all around.

 Posted:   Sep 30, 2021 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

He, he...indeed, b&r. I'm a big fan of Armstrong, but this did absolutely nothing for me.

 Posted:   Nov 23, 2021 - 5:09 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

I've been hammering this one A LOT lately.
It's just gorgeous Craig Armstrong music at his best.
How can you not love those aching strings and wordless choir...


 Posted:   Nov 23, 2021 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

 Posted:   Nov 23, 2021 - 7:42 AM   
 By:   MattyT   (Member)

I've been keeping this in rotation a lot lately too. Really beautiful Armstrong score. "Stella Leaves" is my personal favorite track as well.

 Posted:   Sep 19, 2023 - 4:29 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

I Done A Whittle...(55 minutes becomes 35 minutes)

1. Through the Mall (2:02)
5. Ivan Puts on a Good Show (1:28)
6. Ivan Remembers (1:15)
8. Julia’s Theme (0:52)
9. Ruby’s Arrival (1:15)
10. Meet Ruby (2:14)
16. Brave Ruby (2:09)
18. Stella Leaves (2:08)
21. Ivan and Ruby (2:01)
23. Arriving at the Forest (2:19)
24. You Can’t Be Out Here (1:23)
25. Ivan’s Memories (1:38)
29. Ivan’s Painting Revealed (1:22)
31. Ivan Discusses His Plan (2:22)
32. Ivan’s Farewell (1:41)
33. Ivan Is Set Free (3:20)
34. Reflections of Ivan (3:36)
35. The Reunion (1:42)
36. Ivan Orchestral Suite (Bonus Track) (2:29)

 Posted:   Sep 19, 2023 - 4:56 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I haven't listened to this score in while. Time to play it again.
Unrelated, I'd also suggest "Godmothered " by Rachel Portman.

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