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Open Season: Scared Silly
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composers: Rubert Gregson-Williams and Dominic Lewis
Label: Varèse Sarabande
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 01 April 2016

Rubert Gregson-Williams and Dominic Lewis release their score for Open Season: Scared Silly through Varèse Sarabande. Boog and Elliot are back in an all-new fun-tastic adventure. When Elliot tells a campfire story of a monster in the woods, Boog – who has never been the bravest of bears – becomes very scared. His best friend Elliot comes up with a crazy plan to scare the fear out of Boog. With the help of Mr. Weenie, McSquizzy and all your favourite forest friends, they venture on a hilarious journey where the power of friendship helps Boog overcome his fears with lots of laughs and some surprises along the way...

Ah, another delightful score for an animated movie. I always love getting soundtracks for this genre of films, as they're almost always full of character and incorporate epic themes. Rubert Gregson-Williams and Dominic Lewis score for Open Season: Scared Silly doesn't disappoint.

The album contains 15 tracks (32 min, 41 sec) and opens with 'Scared Silly', which reminded me of John Barry's score for the James Bond movie From Russia With Love. The soundtrack is upbeat, with a personality all of its own.

This score has everything. From the action/adventure music at the heart of 'The Boog The Bad And The Ugly', to the comedy tongue-in-cheek operatic music of 'Mr Weenie's Opera', there's something here to appease all tastes.

This is a score that gets better and better the more times you play it. If I had one slight quibble, it's that it ends rather abruptly as though there's more to come.

Overall, a fun, epic soundtrack that doesn't disappoint.


Darren Rea