Most of the older songs included on the soundtrack to this animated feature are so well-known that they border on well-worn (Vangelis' Chariots of Fire theme has to be one of the most reused pieces of 20th-century music ever) but their feel-good quotient is also hard to deny. (Earth, Wind & Fire's "Boogie Wonderland" again? Sure, bring it on!) Still, it's hard not to wish the brains behind this CD had included snippets from the movie, considering it features the vocal talents of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, and David Schwimmer. (One of the soundtrack's draws is a cover of Reel 2 Real's early ?90s hit "I Like to Move It" by Sacha Baron Cohen (a.k.a. Ali G), who voices one of the characters. The track could well turn into the kind of kiddie hit inescapable at the coolest birthday party this year. The other big draw is "Best Friends," a catchy tune halfway between the Beach Boys and Belle & Sebastian that shows that composer Hans Zimmer can do lighthearted whimsy when needed.
Best Friends Theme (2:24) Hans Zimmer, Heitor Pereira, Ryeland Allison, James S. Levine
I Like To Move It - Sacha Baron Cohen (3:51)
Hawaii Five-O - The Ventures (1:49)
Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind & Fire (4:49)
Whacked Out Conspiracy (2:16) James Dooley
Chariots Of Fire - Vangelis (3:29)
Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees (4:44)
Zoosters Breakout (1:39) Hans Zimmer
Born Free (1:24) Hans Zimmer
The Foosa Attack (0:37) Heitor Pereira
Beacon Of Liberty (2:09) Hans Zimmer, James S. Levine
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Man I do not like when there's much more work from Hans and there's not presented in the CD in his entireness. Now we have a simmilar thing where only 7 or 8 minutes of Zimmer work are presented, while the other 24 minutes are tunes we know very well, and since I have watched this movie (I like it), I know that there are more than just 8 minutes of Zimmer work....much much more. I hope that in Zimmer's future projects, there will be more music presented in the CD, instead now, where only 1/5 of the whole music which surrounds Madagascar movie is presented in the CD.