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David Newman

The Cat in the Hat [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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    Track Title

    Time

  1. Main Title / The Kids 8:07
  2. Getting Better 2:24
  3. The Cat 3:50
  4. Two Things ... Couch Jumping ... Leaky Crate 5:16
  5. Military Academy Seduction 3:02
  6. Mrs. Kwan / Mom Leaves 2:12
  7. Surfer Cat / The Phunometer 2:23
  8. Fun, Fun, Fun (for the film The Cat in the Hat) 2:38
  9. The Contract 1:53
  10. Oven Explodes / Clean Up this Mess 1:36
  11. Things Wreck the House 2:52
  12. Larry the Slob 3:10
  13. Birthday Party 2:11
  14. S.L.O.W. Drive 2:32
  15. Rescuing Nevens 4:27
  16. Clean Up (for the film The Cat in the Hat) :22

David Newman's score for the live-action version of The Cat in the Hat sounds appropriately cartoonish, with plenty of tiptoeing pizzicato strings, tooting brass, and herky-jerky melodies. Newman also creates a fair amount of range in his score, from the slightly askew "Main Title -- The Kids" to the full-on antics of "Two Things/Couch Jumping/Leaky Crate," which conjures up images of playful destruction. Even on the most crazed cues, such as "Surfer Cat -- The Phunometer," "Oven Explodes -- Clean Up This Mess," and the self-explanatory "Things Wreck the House," Newman manages to keep the music closer to whimsical fun than shrill hyperactivity. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of the tracks with vocals: Smash Mouth's cover of "Getting Better" manages to sound pumped-up and flat at the same time, while Mike Myers' "Fun Fun Fun" is anything but. Still, it's nice to see that some care was put into the music of such a visually overstimulating film; fans of playful instrumental music may find listening to The Cat in the Hat more pleasant than watching the movie for which it was written. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi

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