Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe – “Megamind”

Album Reviews | By on Oct 31st, 2010

Record Label: Lakeshore Records
Genre: Film Score
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Megamind is the latest animation feature from Dreamworks. It stars Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, David Cross and others. It looks like a funny animated movie that both parents and kids will enjoy. That opens November 6th and I’m sure will make a lot of money like most animation movies from Dreamworks do.

The score was composed by the mighty Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe. Zimmer’s score for Inception is my favorite score of the year, as well as his score for The Pacific. He’s been busy this season, which I can see why he got some help from Lorne Balfe. I thought I wasn’t familiar with Balfe until I check out his IMDB profile and he’s been helping out Zimmer a lot. He’s been a composer and producer on a lot of his Zimmer’s credited works. The man behind the man, or next to the man.

The score for Megamind is playful, heroic sounding and has lots of horns and strings. It’s a welcomed change from Zimmer & Co. and I’m sure that’s why he took this job. Wanted to change it up a bit and do some animation scores, and not some overly heavy drama or action movie. Mixed in with score tracks is some songs like “Bad to the Bone” by George Thorogood, a remixed version of Elvis’ “A Little Less Conversation,” Gilbert O’ Sullivan’s “Along Again Naturally” and Minnie Riperton’s “Lovin’ You.” Those songs are fun to hear in between the score stuff but I’m more interested in the score tracks. The film score for Megamind has it’s moments and worth a few listens.

Bottom Line: A fun and playful score from Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe
Notable Tracks: Tightenville, Roxanne (Love Theme), Black Mamba
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