After being ejected from his hockey team for misconduct, Jack hits the road once more, this time making friends with a pair of skateboarders who discover the skillful chimp’s remarkable talents aren’t limited to the ice in this 2001 sequel to director Robert Vince’s popular 2000 family favorite MVP: Most Valuable Primate.
Canadian composer Brahm Wenger’s bright, richly-orchestrated cues are one of the hallmaks of the MVP and Air Bud franchises, treating their furry stars with the same level of emotional respect as their human counterparts. Building on his work from the previous film, Wenger once more alternates between traditional orchestrations and freewheeling invocations of assorted popular music styles, maintaining the film’s twin trajectories of earnestness and unbridled fun.
When chasing the former, tracks like “Leaving El Simian,” “Poirier Sees Pix,” “Climbing Ladder,” “Jack’s Missing” and “Jack Returns” tug gently at the heartstrings while the rollicking country-western chords of “Louie Running” and “Wrestling” along with such Randy Newman-influenced songs as “Beautiful Day” and “Hitting the Road” aim to kick and tickle the funny bone.
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