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The music in "Over the Hedge,” in the form of both score and songs, also contributed to the telling of the story. "I think everybody knows that music evokes emotions in ways that spoken words cannot,” Kirkpatrick states. "A song or a musical score can dictate the emotions of a certain scene in a way that the script or even images might not be able to, so I'm incredibly excited about the trio of musical artists who had a hand in the music for this movie. They span the gamut of experience.”

Composer Rupert Gregson-Williams created the score for "Over the Hedge,” and popular singer/songwriter Ben Folds contributed three original songs to the film, as well as a rewrite of his appropriately titled hit, "Rockin' the Suburbs,” and a cover of the Clash song "Lost in the Supermarket.” Overseeing the process, Academy Award®-winning composer Hans Zimmer served as the executive music producer for the film.

"It was a great team,” Bonnie Arnold notes. "We had not one but two great composers working on this film. Rupert Gregson-Williams composed the score, and then we had the fabulous Hans Zimmer coordinating with him and Ben Folds to bring all the music elements together. I have to give credit to our directors, Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick, because they were much more familiar with Ben's work than I was when we first started, but I really appreciated what he brought to the film.”

Kirkpatrick attests, "Tim and I have long been fans of Ben Folds and we wanted to get him on this picture, because of his lyrics in particular. Ben sort of views the world the way these animals might view the world; he has a keen eye for our human foibles and writes about them in his songs, so it seemed a perfect fit.”

"Ben is one of the smartest lyricists and most inventive tunesmiths working in music today,” Johnson agrees. "He not only wrote songs for the picture, he worked closely with Rupert and Hans, so his songs and Rupert's score work together seamlessly.”

Gregson-Williams says, "I could have written this sweet orchestral score for the movie, but with Ben's sound, we could do something different, something a bit more rock ‘n' roll. We had never even met each other before, but when he came in to work, there was no ego with him. He just loves music, so it was great fun working with him.”

Folds comments, "Rupert is a very talented composer and has had more experience in movies than I have, so he really held my hand through a lot of this. He and Hans were both great, and to get to work with the best is always good.”

Folds' reworking of his song "Rockin' the Suburbs” is heard as the film's end credits start to roll, and Folds says, "I was really happy with the ‘Rockin' the Suburbs' rewrite because it's a difficult thing to do—to go back and rewrite your own stuff again. I actually dug up a new approach to the song about living in the suburbs.” Folds' re-recording of the Clash song "Lost in the Supermarket” follows "Rockin' the Suburbs” during the end credits of "Over the Hedge.”

The first original Ben Folds song heard in the film is "Family of Me,” which focuses on RJ, who travels alone and is, as he says in the film, "a family of one.” Folds relates, "He's a pretty cocky fellow, but he's been put in a very tough position. In the song, he's saying ‘how great I am,' but the directors were really into the angle of showing how great he's not, so you hear that in the background vocals.”

The second song, called "Heist,” accompanies the montage sequence when, under RJ's guidance, the animals engage in a coordinated effort to steal the suburbs blind. "I wanted that song to be silly fun,” Folds offers. "The words are about how you can take all you want because, from the animals' perspective, it all grows back. There's plenty more where that came from.”

In a complete change of pace, the third song, called "Still,” is a ballad that


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