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Soundtrack review: Un gallo con mucho huevos (Zacarias M de la Riva – 2015)

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Last year when I musically met him, Zacarias M de la Riva made an unforgettable first impression with his splendid score for the Sci-fi “Automata”. Now for the encore I get a score named…” Un gallo con muchos huevos”, translated “A rooster with a lot of hens” but with the English title “Little Rooster’s Egg-Cellent Adventure”. Quite the departure from the other score, but an opportunity to discover another side of a wonderful composer. The movie is a Mexican animated feature which is actually part of a franchise. Animation is the bane of my film reviewing and I am getting ready to get through the comedic parts.

Luckily we get right into the action adventure part of the music with the gripping “League of the Egg avengers”. This opening cue is actually fun and exciting and it gives me hope for the rest of the score. It’s written in that style of Marvel superhero movies and I can’t tell that this is actually Mexican animation. I am surprised to be smiling at “Toto the rooster”. Somehow instead of going generic comedic the composer keeps the music layered and exciting and my fears are starting to be laid to rest. The action parts of great. The romantic dreamy parts like “Don Poncho” are great and inspiring. The Celtic feel of this cue makes me remember the excellence Shrek scores.

As “Little Rooster’s Egg-Cellent Adventure” progresses and develops I get more the feeling of being in the “How to train your dragon” zone of excellence. There is nothing trivial or generic about this score. Everything is written with heart and passion and this is the trade of a great composer. Each cue brings something to me, be it an emotion, a smile or a shiver of motivation. I suffer with the story, I clench my fists supporting the characters and I forget that they are roosters and chickens fighting in a cartoon world.

The score that Zacarias M de la Riva wrote could have worked on a feature movie and I wouldn’t have known the difference. He went all in a wrote an honest score that has a lot of heart and will charm everyone who hears it. Besides, just check out those cue titles, so funny. I don’t think I will return to this score in the future but this doesn’t take anything away from it. Zacarias M de la Riva has every reason to be one of the composers I get most excited about.

Cue rating: 84 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 24 / 56

Album excellence: 44%

Highlights:

League Of The Egg Avengers

Start The Fight!

Don Poncho

The Fight

Toto Lives

Little Rooster’s Egg-Cellent Adventure

 

 

 

 

About the author

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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