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Soundtrack review: Big Hero 6 (Henry Jackman – 2014)

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Soundtrack review: Big Hero 6 (Henry Jackman – 2014)


“Big Hero 6” is an animated movie inspired by a team of Marvel superheroes. Henry Jackman is one of the composers I always look forward to so this was a must listen score for me.

Since robots are the main characters of the movie, the score features a lot of electronic cues. It’s electronic music with a twist, because instead of sounding lifeless and robotic, the cues sound alive and lovable. The electronic parts sound like the celebratory tunes at the end of arcade games, when you’ve completed the game and won. This score is an exciting parade of happy and lively electronic sounds and cues that remind me of the flashy 80s cop show themes. A few cues in and I’m all excited and looking around me, surprised that I’m not in the middle of a square on a sunny day, celebrating something with a  big crowd. I am downright laughing when I get to “Upgrades”. And of course we get a cue called “The streets of San Fransokyo” because by now the homage to old cop show themes is obvious. To me at least.

The key words for this score are freshness and excitement. I see a very bright and happy future in it, there’s light everywhere, it’s an eternal summer and everyone is happy.  This score makes many other scores seem stale and gray. It’s the flashiness of Japanese toys and cartoons compared to the more traditional European ones. I might be rambling now, blame it on Henry Jackman’s futuristic and exciting music. For once I really enjoy electric guitar in a score.

“Big hero 6” has all the joy of childhood. Everything is a celebration, everything is magic and there’s no shadow. This score has put me in a very good mood, almost making me jump for joy. I know I’ll listen to it again when I will need to lift my spirits.

Cue rating: 73/1oo

Total minutes of excellence: 27 / 51

Album excellence: 53%





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Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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