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Filmtracks On Cue


On Cue for February, 2002:





2/23/02 - Return to Neverland: (Joel McNeely) "Assembling a recent career of composing for odd jobs, Joel McNeely tackles the big screen sequel to the classic tale of Peter Pan. Aside form McNeely's contribution to the picture, Disney's attempt to resurrect the storyline from the original is a blatant example of capitalism fueled by the corporate lack of originality that exists in the modern era of animated films. The film, while it will likely suffice to entertain the kids for an hour or so and keep them from screaming wildly, has nothing to stack up to the classic stature of the original film. One of the few redeeming qualities of Return to Neverland, however, will please film score fans --and more specifically, Joel McNeely fans. The composer's work for the film exceeds what the project needed, and although the music for the film is littered with some character songs that could cause adults to cover their ears, the the massive score is surprisingly good. The film, to its credit, minimalizes the modern pop influence in its songs as well..." **** Read the entire review.

2/12/02 - The 2001 Academy Award Nominations are out! For "Best Original Score," there are five nominees: John Williams for both A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, James Horner for A Beautiful Mind, Howard Shore for The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, and the surprise, Randy Newman for Monsters, Inc.. With Moulin Rouge failing to achieve eligibility rules for song or score, Shore's The Lord of the Rings (also nominated for "best song") has immediately become the favorite to win the Oscar. Horner's A Beautiful Mind is the close-running underdog. It was the first year in many that all five nominees were scores to major films, with no arthouse underdogs by composers based outside of America. Tell others what you think!

2/2/02 - The Princess Diaries: (John Debney) "The story of The Princess Diaries has been around for decades, but Disney has given it a royal makeover and aims it at prepubescent kids and teenagers alike in this newest film adaptation. The Disney version relies on charm and elegance to win the heart of the audience, rather than the typical slapstick kind of attractions being used in similarly targeted films. Energetic, predictable, and often far-fetched, the film did modernize the story by using a selection of modern songs, many of which were placed on the obligatory soundtrack compilation album. The film's genuine heart, however, necessitated a gentle fairy tale score, and John Debney was the man for the job. Attempting to avoid corniness wherever possible, Debney's task was to score a fantasy teen romance flick in royal settings with only a moderately sized orchestral ensemble and a handful of extremely short cue spots in which to do it. The score needed to fit the film in pieces that were typically no longer than a minute, making it more difficult to produce a coherent whole...." *** Read the entire review.






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