DOGTANIAN AND THE THREE MUSKEHOUNDS. (2021).

Cast your minds back to the beginning of the 1980’s and to an animated series that was a Spanish/Japanese co-production, Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds was a successful series of cartoons as they were called at the time,  many countries screened these episodes on various channels,  but I do not think that they were shown in America, maybe because the American audience might not have got this kind of European vibe that flowed through it? I do know the BBC showed the English adaptation which was basically the same as the original’s apart from being dubbed into English the show was broadcast early in the afternoon on a weekday to catch the children as they arrived home from school.  The same team also produced The Mysterious cities of Gold and the brilliant Around the World with Willy Fog. I think one of the enduring things about the Dogtanian series was the infectious title song which was the work of Italian composing duo Guido and Maurizio de Angelis, of course the Brother’s had already established themselves via their unique styles of composition in Italy working on various genres of movies that included Westerns, Giallo, Cop drama’s, comedies, and horror films, most notably the films of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill. The title song had to it an instant attraction and appeal and it is one that I believe if one played it now folks from a certain generation would probably recognize straight away. Well, if you loved the original series, you are in for a real treat as the Three Muskehounds and of course Dogtanian are back with a bang and filled with swordplay and daring do, but this time on the big screen. And so too is that theme, well an arrangement of it at least which has been recycled and woven into the fabric of the films score by the talented and ever versatile composer Manel Gil-Inglada. I suppose it would be quite unthinkable to have a movie about the adventures of these intrepid individuals without that familiar theme popping up somewhere, and the composer has not only fashioned a sweeping, swashbuckling, and highly adventurous soundtrack but has also managed to incorporate fragments of the familiar theme into his original writings, providing the listener with a bridge back to their youth or maybe to when they first heard it. I have to say I totally enjoyed listening to the score, it is fully symphonic and its lush and driving musical persona is relentlessly thematic as well as being gloriously entertaining.  

The music that the composer has penned for D’Artacán y los Tres Mosqueperros to give the new movie its Spanish title, is a wonderfully melodic work performed by The Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra conducted by Vanessa Garde. The orchestrations are top notch filled with a rich and luxurious sound with the music being so varied, it is a rip-roaring action paced score that also includes lilting and fully romantic sounding pieces, gentle and fragile nuances and also catchy and haunting thematic properties.

All for one and one for all.

The score is not yet available commercially but there is a composer promo, but I am informed it soon will be released for all to hear, so keep an eye on digital platforms etc for announcements, Manel Gli-Inglada has created a musical tour de force, that will entertain and mesmerize well worth checking out when it gets a release. Highly recommended.

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