Produced by: Walt Disney Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
“The sky is falling!” – or so Chicken Little once believed. In Disney’s latest animated movie, Chicken Little is just trying to live down that dreaded acorn incident which caused him to spread the word that the world was coming to an end, causing mass chaos throughout the town of Oakey Oaks. Struggling to clean the slate and move forward with his life, Chicken Little suddenly finds himself struck on the head once again. This time, it really is a piece of the sky that has fallen, but who would believe him? Banding together with his friends, Ugly Duckling, Runt of the Litter, and Fish Out Of Water, Chicken Little sets out to save the world from utter destruction.
The Chicken Little Soundtrack, released on November 1, 2005, by Walt Disney Records is a perfect compliment to the movie. The album contains tracks like Stir It Up by Patti LaBelle and Joss Stone, One Little Slip by the Barenaked Ladies, All I Know by Five For Fighting, and Ain’t Know Mountain High Enough by Diana Ross. Of course, what kind of movie about the end of the world would this be without having the perfect end of the world song, and so, the album contains It’s the End of the World by R.E.M.
The album also contains original tracks by the cast of Chicken Little and tracks containing portions of the original score of the film composed by John Debney, who is also know for his work on such movie soundtracks as Sin City, The Passion of Christ, Spy Kids, Bruce Almighty and more. As is always the case, John Debney’s score perfectly catches the feel of the movie, from the track The Sky Is Falling through to the end track Driving With Dad. Chase Through the Cornfield is exciting and fast paced and listeners can picture the characters from the film in a race against time to save the world. Equally enjoyable are the tracks sung by the original cast. Listeners will find themselves laughing heartily at Chicken Little’s version of the old Queen song We Are the Champions, Abby Mallard and Runt of the Litter singing their rendition of Wannabe by the Spice Girls and The Chicken Little Cast singing the Elton John classic Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.
Overall, the Chicken Little Soundtrack is an album that will be enjoyed by music lovers of any age. It has something for every one – old favorites, tracks by well-known artists, and a terrific musical score. The Chicken Little Soundtrack is a terrific edition to the music of Walt Disney Records.