One thing is clear from the soundtrack to The Simpsons Movie -- the long-awaited silver screen debut of Matt Groening
's timeless cartoon family is not a musical. It may not be a musical, but it is surely the soundtrack to a big-screen spectacular, meaning that the zany, zesty work of Alf Clausen
has been traded in for the lush, symphonic touch of Hans Zimmer
, who manages to retain enough of the spirit of the show but gives it a full-fledged widescreen makeover. In other words, this soundtrack is a traditional score -- even "Spider Pig" is sung by a choir, not the characters, and only the ending tongue-in-cheek electro-dance of "Recklessly Impulsive" breaks the symphonic spell -- and even with titles as wacky as "Doomsday Is Family Time," "Thank You Boob Lady," and "Why Does Everything I Whip Leave Me?," the soundtrack doesn't sound all that humorous. It merely sounds like the sweeping yet sensitive mood music to a movie. And on those terms, The Simpsons Movie
is a very good soundtrack -- perhaps not as clever as Clausen
, but it's still light on its feet while having enough pomp and circumstance to justify being shown on such a larger screen.