Intrada has released James Horner’s score to the Roger Rabbit cartoon Tummy Trouble. It is featured as an extra on the new expanded release of Who Framed Roger Rabbit by Alan Silvestri.
After Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the title character was featured in three short cartoons. Tummy Trouble was released together with Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Intrada’s 3-CD release features Alan Silvestri’s full score, several alternate cues, the original album, and the scores to all three of the Roger Rabbit shorts (one by Horner, and two by Bruce Broughton).

James Horner recorded Honey, I Shrunk the Kids in December 1988, six months before its release in June 1989 in North American cinemas. In Tummy Trouble, recorded by Shawn Murphy at Record Plant Recording Studios on May 27, 1989, the composer logically takes the musical ideas developed on this feature film to accompany for more than six frenetic minutes the virulent vicissitudes of Roger Rabbit and Baby Herman. The context is thus totally dilapidated and recall the material associated with the crazy scientist played by Rick Moranis in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. This color allows James Horner to let go once again in the instrumentation: saxophone, harmonica, percussion, etc. Taking center stage are sassy saxophone, rowdy tuba, and jazzy percussion (some of which may be meant to sound like the rattle that Roger Rabbit and Baby Herman repeatedly consume). A cartoosque color that is sometimes close to the big band, evoking the composer’s previous attempts to incorporate musical styles that he was not really familiar with by his very classical training, as was the case with *batteries not included. Moreover we find an excerpt from Hamburger Rhumba which accompanies a few seconds of Roger Rabbit enjoying the presence of a rattle in his stomach to make some movements of … Rhumba.
Horner’s score is brash and fun, skillfully matching the humor and commotion onscreen. Tummy Trouble is a detonating cocktail of 6 minutes – very pleasant to listen to – that any completeist must own, especially listening to the rest of the box that offers an iconic music of Silvestri and American cinema of the 80s.
Intrada Special Collection #397 “available while quantities and interest remains!” Visit Intrada’s website to order, and listen to a sample of Tummy Trouble.

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