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Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain
(1995)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
David Slonaker
Art Kempel
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Varèse Sarabande
(October 24th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have already been impressed by Joel McNeely's solid orchestral output for children's adventure films during this era and desire a smoother, more character-centric variation of the same sound.

Avoid it... if one of the main attractions of these early McNeely scores is their loving emulation of John Williams and Bruce Broughton's styles, an element far less prominent in this entry.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,850
WRITTEN 2/23/12
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Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain: (Joel McNeely) Before the straight-to-video market for children's movies really began to take off, a project like Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain would be dumped into theatres with typically poor results. This 1995 Universal failure was one of the studio's several attempts to wrestle the "friends and adversity" portion of the live-action children's genre away from Disney, but it was met with only $6 million in domestic returns and has struggled to find a wide avenue of release on DVD in the decades since. The plot of Gold Diggers is frightfully generic, showing the friendship between two young, teenage girls (Christina Ricci and Anna Chlumsky) and how their adventures together in the mountains of Washington help heal their familial situations and own self-doubts. When Ricci's character moves to the small Washington town from Los Angeles, she is immediately an outcast, and she befriends Chlumsky's tomboy, who also suffers from a broken home life and doesn't fit in at school. During their summer vacation, they decide to trek to nearby Bear Mountain in search of mythical treasure left by a tragic female figure of the past, and they eventually find themselves in competition for their loot. The film would have little impactful meaning if not for its supposed lesbian undertones, an implicit part of the production that has apparently made Gold Diggers a champion of "coming of age" gay interests. Addressing none of this topic is the streamlined music for the film, led by the generic light rock song, "The Flying Song," written and performed by Colin Hay for the opening titles. Accompanying the girls on their adventure is Joel McNeely, who was quickly becoming a reliable source of solid orchestral music for this genre in Hollywood. His first widespread recognition came with his Emmy award for "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" in 1993, and his knack for adeptly emulating the style of John Williams earned him several assignments writing music for children's productions of the mid-1990's that would have loved to have Williams music but couldn't afford it. Thus, McNeely became the master of navigating Williams' style through temp track territory for Disney and others, picking up a fair amount of Bruce Broughton along the way. Largely a continuation of this type of work is Gold Diggers, which also throws some James Horner mannerisms for the genre into the mix as well.



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Average: 2.77 Stars
***** 7 5 Stars
**** 12 4 Stars
*** 12 3 Stars
** 8 2 Stars
* 15 1 Stars
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Total Time: 41:51
• 1. Bear Mountain (3:39)
• 2. Exploring the Cave (1:25)
• 3. The Legend of Molly Morgan (1:50)
• 4. Summer Adventures (5:10)
• 5. A Terrible Tale (2:25)
• 6. The Great Rescue (5:04)
• 7. Into the Lake (2:10)
• 8. Crystal Cavern (3:41)
• 9. Glow Worms! (4:32)
• 10. Back From the Dead (2:09)
• 11. Molly Morgan's Gold (4:32)
• 12. The Flying Song - performed by Colin Hay (5:00)

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