John Powell

Dr. Seuss: Horton Hears a Who! [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Horton Hears a Who! is a whimsical and zany film, and its soundtrack appropriately follows suit. Created by British composer John Powell (who is also credited with playing the "30 foot water system, euphonifaffamelophone, [and] trombugle" in the liner notes), the original score bounces between genres with all the energy of Dr. Seuss' prose. Gothic choirs, Spanish tangos, string sections, big band horns, and '70s-styled funk, all have there place here, as does the sort of fast, furtive music that so often underscores the action sequences in animated movies. The pieces are short, often only 60 seconds in length, but they flow together with a fluidity that rarely disrupts the album's progress. Powell may not be conjuring up anything we haven't heard before (that is, apart from the euphonifaffamelophone gizmo), but familiarity doesn't keep Horton Hears a Who! from emerging as a smart, diverse, and often surprisingly classy soundtrack.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Horton Hears a Who!, film score
1 01:06 Amazon
2 00:31 Amazon
3 00:46 Amazon
4 01:42 Amazon
5 01:13 Amazon
6 01:02 Amazon
7 02:21 Amazon
8 03:04 Amazon
9 01:41 Amazon
10 01:12 Amazon
11 02:16 Amazon
12 01:16 Amazon
13 01:35 Amazon
14 02:28 Amazon
15 00:23 Amazon
16 01:20 Amazon
17 01:55 Amazon
18 01:17 Amazon
19 02:30 Amazon
20 01:54 Amazon
21 02:45 Amazon
22 01:22 Amazon
23 02:07 Amazon
24 02:16 Amazon
25 01:04 Amazon
26 00:58 Amazon
27 02:40 Amazon
28 01:02 Amazon
29 01:03 Amazon
30 01:12 Amazon
31 02:22 Amazon
32 01:31 Amazon
33 06:51 Amazon
34 00:53 Amazon
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