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 Posted:   Aug 27, 2013 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

I have been looking for any comments that James Horner himself made about working on The Land Before Time but I haven't been able to find any remarks in interviews or otherwise, where he talked about the score.

Any help?

 
 Posted:   Aug 27, 2013 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   Other Tallguy   (Member)

I have been looking for any comments that James Horner himself made about working on The Land Before Time but I haven't been able to find any remarks in interviews or otherwise, where he talked about the score.

Any help?


Never seen or heard anything.

Lovely score. Judging by The Land Before Time and The Secret of NIMH I’d say Don Bluth is a Peter and the Wolf fan. (I’m not really familiar with An American Tail.)

 
 Posted:   Aug 27, 2013 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I can't recall any comments from James Horner regarding the score. But I do remember reading early on Steven Spielberg saw TLBT as an "extended" Rite Of Spring from Fantasia. Originally the film was going to have no dialog, and they were going to rely on a strong orchestral score to tell the story. Certainly to some extent, the music did just that.

Little off topic, but I believe Jerry Goldsmith was going to score an American Tail but he was already committed to other scores at the time. Whats up with Amblin and their animation products? No remastered BluRays, and no extended scores in all this time.

 
 Posted:   Aug 27, 2013 - 10:17 PM   
 By:   orion_mk3   (Member)

Little off topic, but I believe Jerry Goldsmith was going to score an American Tail but he was already committed to other scores at the time.

Correct: http://jameshorner-filmmusic.com/don-bluth-gary-goldman/ Goldsmith accepted but then had to decline citing a full schedule. Horner had been considered previously for NIMH; like a lot of his early assignments, he got the later gig because of his reputation of being an "economical Jerry Goldsmith" smile

Whats up with Amblin and their animation products? No remastered BluRays, and no extended scores in all this time.

Tell me about it! A lot of their discs don't even have widescreen, let alone the full special edition treatment. NIMH has a widescreen disc, but it's MIA for Tail and Time.

 
 Posted:   Aug 28, 2013 - 8:07 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Wow, I didn't know Horner was considered for NIMH. That would have been interesting. (and epic!) But hey so was Goldsmiths score.

 
 Posted:   Aug 28, 2013 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

"Horner's comments on The Land Before Time?"

They were_

"I DIDN'T RIP OFF BARTÓK. I RIPPED OFF WAGNER, AS BARTOK DID!"

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 28, 2013 - 2:37 PM   
 By:   eggerty31   (Member)

Wow, I didn't know Horner was considered for NIMH. That would have been interesting. (and epic!) But hey so was Goldsmiths score.

Without knowing what either would have brought to the other film I'd have to say that Goldsmith delivered exactly what was required for NIMH and Horner delivered exactly what Land wanted. Both scores are very firm favourites of mine, although I'd love to see new releases of each.
Hopefully our beloved labels are working on them and it isn't something like Amblin or someone denying permissions.

 
 Posted:   Aug 28, 2013 - 3:58 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Wow, I didn't know Horner was considered for NIMH. That would have been interesting. (and epic!) But hey so was Goldsmiths score.

Without knowing what either would have brought to the other film I'd have to say that Goldsmith delivered exactly what was required for NIMH and Horner delivered exactly what Land wanted. Both scores are very firm favourites of mine, although I'd love to see new releases of each.
Hopefully our beloved labels are working on them and it isn't something like Amblin or someone denying permissions.


Totally agree. Both had the skill to handily score either film, and they would have been magnificent, regardless which project they got. But I am quite content with what we have. I hate revisionism.

 
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