Disney's A Christmas Carol
Musical Score ByAlan Silvestri
Featuring Andrea Bocelli Performing God Bless Us Everyone
Song written by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard
Distributed By: Walt Disney Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Everyone knows the tale of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Miserly old Scrooge, hating the world and everyone in it. His only love…the only thing he trusts in wholly…is money. Until one Christmas Eve, the ghost of his dead partner visits Scrooge in an effort to save him from the misery he is to endure in the afterlife. He arranges things so that Scrooge is visited by three ghosts - the Ghosts of Christmas Present, Past, and Christmases Yet to Come - hoping that what Scrooge sees with these apparitions will enlighten him as to the joys of human kindness. Disney’s A Christmas Carol sets out to create a rendition of this tale that closely resembles the original tale written by Dickens over a decade ago. For more information about the movie, visit http://www.g-pop.net/disneyschristmascarol.htm.
To go along with the amazing 3-D animated effects, Alan Silvestri was enlisted to compose an equally amazing musical score. Beginning his musical career as a guitarist, drummer and arranger for various bands, Alan Silvestri has become one of the world’s most successful film score composers. Some of Silvestri’s most notable film compositions include: Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, The Abyss, Predator, What Lies Beneath, Van Helsing, The Polar Express, Beowulf, Night at the Museum and more.
For the Disney’s A Christmas Carol Soundtrack, Alan Silvestri employed a 103-piece orchestra. Much of the soundtrack is a compilation of Christmas carols we have all grown up with performed in a very large scale. Then there are the darker pieces that signify the ghostly visitations. The music created for these scenes is strikingly dark and fast paced.
As in The Polar Express, Alan Silvestri teamed up with Glen Ballard to create a song that would sum up the entire experience of the film. God Bless Us Everyone, a song based upon the last words spoken by Tiny Tim in the film, appears as the credits roll and is performed by Andrea Bocelli. The song speaks about forgiveness and redemption, perfectly expressing the themes of the film.
Having already seen the film, I had a great deal of fun listening to the Disney’s A Christmas Carol Soundtrack and trying to figure out which track fit where in the film. I found this task rather easy as Silvestri perfectly captures each scene of the film with his musical composition. Of course, my favorite tracks consisted of musical compilations of my favorite traditional Christmas carols as performed by that wonderful 103-piece orchestra. (I’m a sucker for traditional carols.) This is a soundtrack that I have no doubt everyone will enjoy. A perfect addition to any movie soundtrack aficionado’s collection.