Legends of Chima
Music Composed By: Anthony Lledo
Distributed by: Kronos Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Based on the LEGO themed building sets, Legends of Chima is an animated television series set in the mystical land of Chima. Once in a state of peace, the residents of Chima find themselves forming tribes, battling against one another over Chi, the mystical energy source that supplies the inhabitants of Chima with energy and their mighty vehicles with power. But when the tribes discover that the very existence of Chima is being threatened, they band together to save their home.
The musical score of Legends of Chima was created by Danish composer Anthony Lledo. Having begun his foray into musical scoring in the mid-1990s, Lledo has compiled quite a résumé beginning with his award-winning score of the Swedish hit film Frostbitten. While still living in Europe, Lledo created the musical scores of feature films like Newsmakers and With a Right to Kill. In 2008, at the invitation of composer Harry Gregon-Williams, Anthony Lledo moved to Los Angeles where he worked on addition music for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Shrek Forever After, The Town, Cowboys & Aliens, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and Unstoppable. He also created the musical scores of animated short films like Lego Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Brick, Lego Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 and Lego Star Wars: Bombad Bounty, the horror film Darkroom and the Civil War documentary film Gettysburg.
The Legends of Chima Soundtrack is an adventure unto itself, telling the story of Chima through music. The score is nothing like one would expect from an animated television series. This album features a mature sound with sweeping orchestral movements and dramatic score. The champions of Chima are celebrated with fast-paced orchestral music featuring triumphant horns and crashing cymbals. The track Chi symbolizes the beauty and power of the mystical energy source of Chima with upbeat, heroic music mixed with softer tones and some choral sounds. The darker tribes have a darker theme with low-registry orchestral sounds and an ominous percussion in the background.
The entire album is not all epic adventure. There are some cartoony fun moments to be found in which playfulness is key like Rhinos. But for the most part, Legends of Chima is filled with dramatic score. My favorite tracks include the dramatic percussion of Drums of Chima, the fast-paced action in Speedor Races and the beauty and majestic sounds of The Great Story.
I had a great deal of fun listening to this soundtrack while driving through a particularly nasty snow storm. The score was uplifting and inspiring, giving me the feel of a mighty warrior braving the elements to achieve the ultimate goal...uh, arriving at work...but you get the point. Listening to The Legends of Chima Soundtrack is an inspirational experience. The album contains a dramatic score that one wouldn't normally expect from an animated television series. The Legends of Chima Soundtrack was definitely a pleasant surprise and one more reason to keep an eye on the rising composing star that is Anthony Lledo.