Legends of Chima: Volume 2

Music Composed By: Anthony Lledo

Distributed by: MovieScore Media

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.  Released by MovieScore Media in April 2015, Legends of Chima: Volume 2 features music from Seasons 2 and 3 of the series. 

                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.

                Legends of Chima: Volume 2 features much of the same sound as the original Legends of Chima Soundtrack.  Orchestral in nature, the score contains exotic woodwinds and tribal drums, in keeping with the mystique and exotic styles of each tribe.  Dark and ominous sounds reminds us of the dangers of the Outlands.  But there are some rather notable tracks that stand out from the rest.  In The Phoenix, flute flutters and other woodwinds allow for the listener to close his or her eyes and actually picture a bird soaring high overhead.  The final track, Victory, ties the entire album together in a celebratory embrace that is both classical and quirky.

                The Legends of Chima: Volume 2 Soundtrack is just as enjoyable as the first soundtrack, though surprisingly short.  Given the fact that it combines two seasons of the series, one would expect to find this album to be much longer than thirty-plus minutes, which, coincidentally is the same length of the first season's soundtrack.  That being said, the length of the album doesn't take away from the fact that Anthony Lledo is an expert at bringing the world of Chima to life through music.  His musical score for the entire series makes for an exciting and fun listen.


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