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 Posted:   May 8, 2013 - 9:44 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

I teach high school and it got me to the thinking............

If I was to create a Name That Tune kind of game using movie scores, what on earth would they know? Fifteen to twenty years ago, you could have used Star Wars, Superman, Raiders, ET, etc. But what would kids today recognize?


All I can think of are the main themes to Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter. The Simpsons had a movie, so they would probably know that. Sponge Bob too. But those technically are TV themes.

What would teens today recognize and be able to identify?

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 1:51 AM   
 By:   Tester   (Member)

Maybe Toy Story and Elfman's Spider-man

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 3:37 AM   
 By:   babbelballetje   (Member)

Maybe we could identify those tunes when we were teens, but are you sure our friends could do the same thing back then?

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 3:41 AM   
 By:   JDH   (Member)

I was at an all-ages school quiz night recently, and the last round was 'Music From the Movies'. We played our Joker - and fortunately got 9 out of 10 - but it was heavily skewed towards the kids, with more songs than score (including one from Madagascar 2, I think, that my wife worked out...) However, Pirates of the Caribbean and Jurassic Park were included, so are well worth considering. I know my niece watches the hell out of Jurassic Park - kids always love dinosaurs.

If you do a mix of songs and score, 'You've Got A Friend In Me' would be worth including definitely - maybe the wonderful Sarah McLachlan song from Toy Story 2 if you wanted to be less obvious.

In terms of pure orchestral score they might recognise, Shrek is a possibility - it has the strongest 'theme' of any of the animated movies they are likely to have spent their whole lives watching. Harry Potter was one of the tracks in the school quiz.

I would guess that other big film franchises like Twilight and Hunger Games might be worth a whirl. You could even include the main Avengers theme, just to see - you can be fairly sure they'll have seen the movie, maybe multiple times, perhaps the theme permeated thjeir consciousness a bit. Maybe something from the latest Batman trilogy (though I would not expect many to recognise it)?

However, I would say that the true big boys of film music - Star Wars, Superman, Jaws, maybe Raiders - would be worth including if only just to see how many recognise them. Call it an experiment for the board!

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 5:06 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Some eternal classics that even regular teens would or should know:

STAR WARS
PSYCHO
JAWS
JAMES BOND
PINK PANTHER (maybe?)

Also:

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
HARRY POTTER
THE SIMPSONS
LORD OF THE RINGS
THE WALKING DEAD (maybe?)
TWILIGHT
DOCTOR WHO (are you in Britain or the US?)
THE LION KING (the songs!) + maybe some other 90's and 2000's Disney

It's easier with songs than score, but then you don't get to "educate" them! smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 6:16 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Oh, I think plenty of teenagers (and still younger kids) would have no trouble recognizing Star Wars music as such (even if they might not be able to identify which specific movie a given theme was first heard). The last live-action Star Wars movie was first released in 2005, and there's been an ongoing animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars project (a movie and five seasons of television, over a hundred episodes) since then. Star Wars is still big with kids.

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 6:29 AM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

There's always the "BUUUUM" from Inception.

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

Maybe we could identify those tunes when we were teens, but are you sure our friends could do the same thing back then?


Yes I do. My sister is my age (early 40's) and she doesn't care at all about film scores. But the other day I had her over and gave her a quiz for shits and giggles and she did amazingly well for someone that is not part of our group. She knew stuff old and new!

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 1:08 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Pirates of the Caribbean would probably be a good one. A couple years ago at Disneyland, our skipper on the Jungle Cruise ride started "singing" some of the Pirates music (not even the theme but some of the action music instead), and a lot of the kids and young teens on the boat recognized it and started laughing.

Yes I do. My sister is my age (early 40's) and she doesn't care at all about film scores. But the other day I had her over and gave her a quiz for shits and giggles and she did amazingly well for someone that is not part of our group. She knew stuff old and new!

Sometimes on road trips, I do that with my mom as well. I have a mix of film scores on my iPod, and I'll start playing selections to see how quick she can ID them. The fastest was Jerry Goldsmith's Star Trek theme, which she got on the first note! Like your sister, she is not a film score listener by any means.

Maybe we could identify those tunes when we were teens, but are you sure our friends could do the same thing back then?

Growing up, I was probably the biggest score listener of all my friends. But a lot of them were also movies fans, so they had a decent knowledge of themes and such, even if some weren't necessarily film score fans. And in high school, me and a few friends used to occasionally swap scores for the weekend.

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 7:57 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

My best friend and I were both into film scores when we were in high school. As you might guess, we were nerds. lol I am not sure how much he likes them nowadays, 25 years later. I will have to FB him. lol

 
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