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Hans Zimmer Bakes Up A Tasty Soundtrack For 'The Simpsons Movie'

July 4th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
The Simpsons MovieAcademy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, Twentieth Century Fox, Gracie Films, and Extreme Music are proud to announce the CD release of Zimmer's original music for The Simpsons Movie. The album features Zimmer's interpretation of the classic theme music from the popular TV series, along with music from his score that captures the fun and satirical spirit of the movie. Also included on the album is a special remix that will soon be heard nationwide on commercial radio and in clubs, featuring The Simpsons music as you've never heard it before.

The Simpsons Movie brings Homer's stupidity to the big screen in a plot where he must save the world from a catastrophe of his own making. Zimmer had the challenge of taking the familiar musical world of The Simpsons and reworking it for Homer's Hollywood hijinks, and although he has scored many animated films in the past, such as Disney's The Lion King and Dreamworks Animation's Madagascar, The Simpsons Movie posed a unique challenge. "It's such an iconic part of today's culture," says Zimmer. "And I had to try and express the style of The Simpsons without wearing the audience out with too much attitude!"

"Aside from composing, Hans always brings a notion of camaraderie in filmmaking," says The Simpsons Movie writer/producer James L. Brooks. "It sure beats everyone pretending to be a hotshot." Zimmer and Brooks have been friends for many years, with Zimmer providing the score to many of Brooks previous movies, including As Good As It Gets.

Hans ZimmerIn addition to releasing the album in a standard jewel case, there will be a second release featuring special Limited Edition packaging. "We wanted to have some fun," laughs Zimmer "and really try to do something that would appeal to the fans and be hard to miss in the record store." The Limited Edition serves the CD in a Homer-approved bright pink donut case, complete with multicolored sprinkles, which is supplied in a classic bakery take-out box.

The soundtrack will be released on July 24th in a traditional jewel case, a few days before The Simpsons Movie goes on general release in theaters worldwide, and with special Limited Edition packaging on July 31st. Both releases are now available for immediate preorder from Amazon.com and The Simpsons' Online Store (www.thesimpsonsshop.com), and will be distributed nationally by ADA and internationally through Warner Music Group.

About Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer is one of Hollywood's most popular and successful film composers, having created the scores for such blockbusters as Pirates of the Caribbean (Dead Man's Chest and At World's End), Gladiator, Batman Begins, The Da Vinci Code, and winning an Academy Award for his work on Disney's The Lion King. A former member of the pop group The Buggles, which produced the seminal hit Video Killed The Radio Star that was the first music video to debut on MTV, Zimmer today is well-known for his of use of technology and modern production techniques to compose such diverse scores as Mission: Impossible 2, The Last Samurai, Matchstick Men, Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, and Madagascar.

In addition to winning an Oscar for The Lion King, Zimmer also won the Golden Globe, an American Music Award, a Tony and two Grammys, and the soundtrack album went on to sell over 15 million copies worldwide. Zimmer has a Lifetime Achievement Award in Film Composition from the National Board of Review, a Frederick Loewe Award, and ASCAP's Henry Mancini Life Achievement Award.

Track Listing:
1. The Simpsons Theme* (Orchestral Version)
2. Trapped Like Carrots
3. Doomsday Is Family Time
4. Release the Hounds
5. Clap For Alaska
6. What's An Epiphany?
7. Thank You Boob Lady
8. You Doomed Us All... Again
9. .... Lead, Not To Read
10. Why Does Everything I Whip Leave Me?
11. Bart's Doodle
12. Worlds Fattest Fertilizer Salesman
13. His Big Fat Butt Could Shield Us All
14. Spider Pig
15. Recklessly Impulsive**

Movie Overview:
It takes a wide screen to fully capture Homer Simpson's stupidity, and The Simpsons Movie does it. In the eagerly-awaited animated feature film based on the hit TV series, Homer must save the world from a catastrophe he himself created. Movie opens internationally July 27.