Open Season: Scared Silly
Composed By: Rupert Gregson-Williams and Dominic Lewis
Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the fourth installment of the computer animated Open Season comedy series, Open Season Scared Silly, Elliot's (Will Townsend) campfire tale about a monster in the woods causes Boog (Donny Lucas) to be terrified of his own shadow. In an effort to scare the fear out of his friend, Elliot joins forces with their other woodland friends as they embark on a journey to uncover the mystery behind the Wailing Wampus Werewolf, forcing Boog to face his fears once and for all.
The musical score of Open Season: Scared Silly was created by the British composing team of Rupert Gregson-Williams and Dominic Lewis. Gregson-Williams is high in demand as a multi-award winning composer who has written a number of musical scores for such notable and diverse films as Hotel Rowanda, Winter's Tale, Over the Hedge, Love + Hate, Bee Movie and The Legend of Tarzan. Television credits include Veep, The Prisoner and Agatha Raisin. Born into a family of musicians, music has been an intricate part of Dominic Lewis' life since he was born. He began studying the cello at the age of three and has since become a multi-instrumentalist. Mentored by Rupert Gregson-Williams, he has worked with a number of notable composers, including John Powell, Hans Zimmer, Ramin Djwadi and Henry Jackman. He has composed original score for projects like The Duff, Spooks: The Greater Good and The Man in the Castle, along with additional music for a number of notable films.
Open Season: Scared Silly features an orchestral score. The main theme is bright and airy, expressing the happy to be in nature attitude of the main characters. The Wailing Wampus Werewolf inspires a much scarier theme with dark, low registry brass notes and eerie woodwind sounds. Scenes featuring Shaw, Ed and Edna, our Open Season bad guys feature goofy tracks of fast paced music featuring woodwinds, wistful strings and light triangle strikes. Harmonicas and an accordion make quick appearances, adding humor to the score. My favorite track is Mr. Weenie's Opera, a song set to the music of Carmen's Habanera in which a dog named Mr. Weenie sings about becoming a werewolf.
The music of Open Season: Scared Silly is equal parts comedy and equal parts old school horror cues. Perfect for fans of the series of films, the Open Season: Scared Silly Soundtrack actually makes for a decent stand alone album with excellent scoring and tracks that don't drag on and on. An album well worth the listen.