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 Posted:   Nov 18, 2011 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Seemed there was a time when Mainstream Bigger named composers started scoring

Disney movies.

Was Disney trying or aiming for something in this approach of hiring bigger name composer's over their usual In-House people? Did they suddenly get bigger budgets for scoring music assignments?

Were the big guys wanting to compose Disney film scores? Was it the hot thing to do at the time?

Interesting.

Cases in point:

ONE LITTLE INDIAN - Jerry Goldsmith and later of course NIGHT CROSSING and MULAN.

THE BLACK HOLE - John Barry

THE BLACK CAULDRON - Elmer Bernstein

ISLAND AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD - Maurice Jarre

FREAKY FRIDAY - Johnny Mandel

TRON - Wendy/Walter Carlos

JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN - James Horner (replacing a score by Elmer Bernstein)

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES - James Horner (replacing a score by Georges Delerue)

A FAR OFF PLACE - James Horner

MIGHTY JOE YOUNG - James Horner

CANDLESHOE - Ron Goodwin

FLUBBER (Remake) - Danny Elfman

THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN (Elijah Wood) - Bill Conti

Can you think of any other Disney Films that were scored by composers we are familiar with?

Thanks,

Zoob

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2011 - 9:11 AM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

THOSE CALLOWAYS Max Steiner

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2011 - 9:29 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Up to when Disney died he was very loyal to his inhouse composers.

CONDORMAN Henry Mancini

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2011 - 9:29 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

...also I think Alex North's DRAGONSLAYER was a coproduction between Disney and Paramount.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2011 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

John Williams

Never a Disney?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2011 - 9:44 AM   
 By:   TheFamousEccles   (Member)

Don't forget the original two "Witch Mountain" pictures - the first one scored by Johnny Mandel, and the second by Lalo Schifrin (who also scored 1978's "The Cat From Outer Space")

Perhaps Disney was trying to build a new stable of composers in the 70s - and by bringing in people like Mandel and Schifrin - and Elmer Bernstein to do "The Black Cauldron," - they were hoping to continue to use their services?

Certainly, in terms of a "Disney constant," one can't ignore the work of the great Buddy Baker, who provided scores of effortlessly charming scores for all manner of Disney film, tv show, and short subject - from the 50s through to the mid-late 80s. It'd be great to see releases of his "Winnie-the-Pooh" scores (with the Sherman Brothers typically wonderful songs included, naturally).

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2011 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   sdtom   (Member)

Francis Chagrin did Greyfriars Bobby.
Tom

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2011 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Or how about Ron Goodwin's score for "One Of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing"?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2011 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Seemed there was a time when Mainstream Bigger named composers started scoring

Disney movies.

Was Disney trying or aiming for something in this approach of hiring bigger name composer's over their usual In-House people? Did they suddenly get bigger budgets for scoring music assignments?

Were the big guys wanting to compose Disney film scores? Was it the hot thing to do at the time?

Interesting.

Cases in point:

ONE LITTLE INDIAN - Jerry Goldsmith and later of course NIGHT CROSSING and MULAN.

THE BLACK HOLE - John Barry

THE BLACK CAULDRON - Elmer Bernstein

ISLAND AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD - Maurice Jarre

FREAKY FRIDAY - Johnny Mandel

TRON - Wendy/Walter Carlos

JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN - James Horner (replacing a score by Elmer Bernstein)

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES - James Horner (replacing a score by Georges Delerue)

A FAR OFF PLACE - James Horner

MIGHTY JOE YOUNG - James Horner

CANDLESHOE - Ron Goodwin

FLUBBER (Remake) - Danny Elfman

THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN (Elijah Wood) - Bill Conti

Can you think of any other Disney Films that were scored by composers we are familiar with?

Thanks,

Zoob


Wasn't "Powder" (scored by Goldsmith) produced by Disney subsidiary Hollywood?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2011 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Or how about Ron Goodwin's score for "One Of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing"?

Yeap!

Goodwin also scored ESCAPE FROM THE DARK and THE SPACEMAN AND KING ARTHUR.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2011 - 11:32 AM   
 By:   odelayy   (Member)

Watchers in the woods : Stanley Myers
Honey I shrunk the kids : James Horner
The Last Flight of Noah's ark : Maurice Jarre

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 4:18 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

There were also some scores by beloved British composers who weren't necessarily Disney-only guys (ie. like the talented Oliver Wallace and Paul J. Smith). Many of them are equally renowned in the concert hall. I'm thinking specifically of

Swiss Family Robinson -- great score by William Alwyn

Rob Roy, Kidnapped -- both by Cedric Thorpe Davie

Treasure Island, The Sword and the Rose, and most of all his score to the vastly underrated (in my opinion the best film on the subject) The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men -- Clifton Parker

Can others here think of more?

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 4:21 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

I forgot to mention that even though we haven't gotten the original tracks to any of the Clifton Parker Disney scores, there was a very good re-recording on Chandos spotlighting his Treasure Island work in particular (no Robin Hood, unfortunately, but there is a lot of his other good film work on there):
http://www.amazon.com/Film-Music-Clifton-Parker/dp/B0006SGF0A/

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 4:24 PM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

This is much later than the era you're talking about, but Basil joined the club in 1994 -

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 4:40 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

This is much later than the era you're talking about, but Basil joined the club in 1994 -




Dang, I miss Basil!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 6:26 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Me too, he died quietly in bed in 1967 i believe, he said goodnight to his wife when into the bedroom and he died, Fine talent.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 8:55 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

No one's mentioned TEX by Pino Donaggio yet?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 10:15 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Me too, he died quietly in bed in 1967 i believe, he said goodnight to his wife when into the bedroom and he died, Fine talent.

I was talking about Basil Poledouris who passed away in 2006 I believe. Don't know who you are referring to Dan.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 11:05 PM   
 By:   Hadrian   (Member)



Can others here think of more?

Yavar


Alwyn also scored Disney's THIRD MAN ON THE MOUNTAIN and IN SEARCH OF THE CASTAWAYS.

 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2013 - 3:41 AM   
 By:   Tester   (Member)

Not very familiar with the career of Wendy/Walter Carlos outside Tron, but I'm not really sure he / she can be considered a "bigger name".

 
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