New music from Paloma Faith in Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget

Written by on December 16, 2023

New release: Chicken Run Dawn of the Nugget


For Ginger and the flock, all is at stake when the dangers of the human world come home to roost. They’ll stop at nothing even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk to save chicken-kind. This time, they’re breaking in!

Sony Music Masterworks has released Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by acclaimed Award-winning British composer, Harry Gregson-Williams to the eagerly-anticipated Netflix debut of multi Academy and BAFTA Award-winning Aardman’s new film, ‘Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget’, available globally on 15th December 2023. The film is the sequel to the much-loved stop-motion animated film ‘Chicken Run’ (2000), the highest-grossing stop-motion animation of all time.


The soundtrack features a brand-new track ‘My Sweet Baby’ with music and lyrics by Josh Crocker and Charlotte Jane Pand, performed by the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Paloma Faith. Of her unique contribution, director, Sam Fell notes: “Her voice is at once timeless and classic but always relevant and contemporary. She has an amazing ability to project larger than life, iconic images while at the same time speaking sincerely and intimately to each and every one of her audience”.

‘Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget’ features a star-studded cast of voice talents, including Thandiwe Newton (Ginger), Zachary Levi (Rocky), Bella Ramsey (Molly), Imelda Staunton (Bunty), David Bradley (Fowler), Jane Horrocks (Babs), , Romesh Ranganathan (Nick), Daniel Mays (Fetcher), Josie Sedgwick-Davies (Frizzle), Peter Serafinowicz (Reginald Smith), Nick Mohammed (Dr Fry) and Miranda Richardson (Mrs Tweedy). It is directed by Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated Sam Fell and produced by Steve Pegram and Leyla Hobart.

During his 30-plus year career, British-born composer Harry Gregson-Williams has worked with some of Hollywood’s most renowned directors, including Ridley and Tony Scott, Michael Bay, Joel Schumacher and Ben Affleck. However, having scored several Aardman movies since ‘Chicken Run’ which he co-wrote with John Powell, the studio will always hold a special place in his heart.

“It was amazing doing the original ‘Chicken Run’”, Gregson-Williams reflects from his studio in Los Angeles. “We flew over to Aardman in Bristol to meet Nick Park and Peter Lord. It was fascinating and inspiring to see how the filmmakers worked with their models and sets and served as an incredibly positive introduction to their unique world. There’s such a sense of community there and I count myself very fortunate to have scored many of their films since those early days.” As well as ‘Chicken Run’, he also worked on ‘Flushed Away’ (2006), ‘Arthur Christmas’ (2011) and ‘Early Man’ (2018). It is therefore unsurprising that he did not hesitate to return for more ‘fowl’ play with ‘Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget’, which he saw as an opportunity to reprise some of his favourite themes from the first film, whilst also serving up something fresh.

“I’ve taken some of the melodic material from the original score and given it a good working over” he explains. “But Dawn of The Nugget has its own feel and tone and together with all the thrills and spills you’d expect from what’s essentially a heist movie. There’s an irresistible charm and emotional beat to it all which simply puts a big smile on your face!” He had a lot of fun scoring the scenes involving the somewhat creepy Fun-Land Farms nugget factory. “I alighted on some thematic material for that environment which is suitably mysterious and a little threatening at times,” he reveals. “Occasionally I have a couple of instruments playing the theme a semitone apart, and this gives us an uncomfortable and disorientating feeling. But there’s always hope for those chickens to prevail and succeed in their quest as they’re never short of a cunning plan.”




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