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    An idea for a thread suddenly struck me. What are some of your favorite film scores?

    It doesn't have to be Disney, it doesn't have to be well-known... Let's not include theme park films though- so no Impressions de France or Soarin', okay?

    For me:

    Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! - The score stood out to me the first time I saw this movie and I love it. It's fun and whimsical, but it still works dramatically.
    Brazil [specifically "The Office"] - This track is used often, most notably in the Wall-E teaser trailer, and I think it's great.
    Finding Nemo - This is a great, emotional score. Just the first scene and the opening credits alone are amazing. Really works with the setting, too.
    Pirates of the Caribbean - Gotta love it. And I've played it in school, too, so...
    Robots - Fun score, and works with the setting almost as well as Finding Nemo.
    Up - It wouldn't be the same without the score. Those first fifteen minutes!
    Wall-E - It does a good job setting up the movie's tone. Really works. And Peter Gabriel's song during the credits, "Down to Earth," tops it all off.

    That's just off of the top of my head, (or, my iTunes...)
    I've left off some either because I can't remember them right now or I've left them for you to add. So, get to it!
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  • #2
    Re: Favorite film scores?

    My Best of the Best would include…

    Shakespeare in Love by Stephen Warbeck
    The Mission by Ennio Morricone
    The Rocketeer by James Horner
    Superman: The Movie by John Williams
    Raiders of the Lost Ark by John Williams
    The Empire Strikes Back by John Williams
    The Incredibles by Michael Giacchino

    I'm sure as I read more posts from others, I'll go, "Oh, yeah, that's one's great too!"


    • #3
      Re: Favorite film scores?

      Up-Michael Giacchino
      South Park, Bigger, Longer, and uncut- i dunno


      • #4
        Re: Favorite film scores?

        Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard- The Dark Knight

        That's pretty much all I got.

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        • #5
          Re: Favorite film scores?

          The Goonies by Dave Grusin (recently released as a limited 25th anniversary edition)
          Transformers by Steve Jablonsky
          Indiana Jones series by John Williams
          Star Wars series by John Williams
          Jurassic Park by John Williams
          Pirates of the Caribbean series by Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer
          Dances with Wolves by John Barry
          Gattaca by Michel Nyman
          Bladerunner by Vangelis

          There's definitely more, can't think of them right now.


          • #6
            Re: Favorite film scores?

            Oh my goodness, for a while that was about the only thing i listened to... (I'm branching out now...) so I have quite a few favorites....

            TRON - Wendy Carlos (<3 this score is one of my favorites....)
            Atlantis: the Lost Empire - James Newton Howard (The Crystal Chamber and the Secret Swim in particular.) I also like his score for Treasure Planet as well.
            The Black Cauldron - Elmer Bernstein (yes I happen to like this movie... a lot.)
            Up, Ratatouille, and The Incredibles - Michael Giacchino
            The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth - Trevor Jones (I don't have these though... I REALLY want the Dark Crystal soundtrack... that theme is just downright beautiful. And I like Labyrinth in the context of the film... I haven't listened to it on it's own though...)
            The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas, and Beauty and the Beast - Alan Menken
            The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Meet the Robinsons - Danny Elfman
            How to Train Your Dragon - John Powell

            The score for Star Wars is amazing of course.

            anything by the amazingness that is Joe Hisaishi for a Miyazaki movie. <3

            And I have to agree with Gone2Disneyland... The Rocketeer has a fantastic score. (haha I kinda freak out every time I hear it play in Tomorrowland... Just like I do the same when I hear Newsies in HPB) (...Also on another Tomorrowland note... every time Captain EO and his crew get captured... instantly think of the Rocketeer... [and yes, i realize that James Horner composed both scores] every time.... but it's because there's a particular part in both film scores that are extremely similar to each other) Also Horner's scores for An American Tail and the Land Before Time are pretty great as well...

            I also like some standout pieces from score... Sometimes I only like one or two tracks... Like Scorponok from Transformers (hahaha I've only seen that movie once, and didn't realize how great that piece was until it was used in the sequel's trailer.) or Robot Romp from Flight of the Navigator (okay so I'm pretty sure I like more of this score, but I don't know the names of the other tracks i like. hahaha)

            Jalapena (yay Gargoyles.... ) this is an insanely long post.... I'm gonna stop now... cause this will just keep getting longer... XD


            • #7
              Re: Favorite film scores?

              Star Wars (1977) - John Williams
              Superman the Movie - John Williams
              Star Trek II - James Horner
              Close Encounters of the Third Kind - John Williams
              Up - Giacomo(?)
              Midnight Run - Danny Elfman
              The Black Hole - John Barry
              Jaws- John Williams
              Gilligan's Island - John Williams
              Bedknobs & Broomsticks - Irwin Kostal


              • #8
                Re: Favorite film scores?

                Originally posted by sailerm View Post
                Star Wars (1977) - John Williams
                Superman the Movie - John Williams
                Star Trek II - James Horner
                Close Encounters of the Third Kind - John Williams
                Up - Giacomo(?)
                Midnight Run - Danny Elfman
                The Black Hole - John Barry
                Jaws- John Williams
                Gilligan's Island - John Williams
                Bedknobs & Broomsticks - Irwin Kostal


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                • #9
                  Re: Favorite film scores?

                  Not in any particular order:

                  James Newton Howard - Lady in the Water
                  James Horner - Glory
                  Michael Nyman - Gattaca
                  John Williams - Star Wars
                  Michael Giacchino - Star Trek (2009), and Speed Racer.
                  Does the "score" for Interstella 5555 count? By Daft Punk.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Favorite film scores?

                    Oh, there are so many, for starters, many of the sequels started off with phenomenal scores, and a few individual movie had some too:

                    Star Wars
                    Back to the Future
                    Jurassic Park
                    Pirates of the Caribbean
                    Lion King
                    The Little Mermaid
                    Happiest Millionaire
                    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
                    and I doubt if anyone else would consider it, But Alan Menken did a fantastic job on "Home on the Range" even though I couldn't stand roseanne or jennifer's cow or cuba's horse
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                    • #11
                      Re: Favorite film scores?

                      Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
                      Raiders of the Lost Ark
                      Kill Bill
                      Blade Runner
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                      • #12
                        Re: Favorite film scores?

                        How the West Was Won
                        Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
                        Anastasia (1997)
                        Batman Returns
                        Tombstone (listening to it as I type this and it's amazing! Does anybody else love it?)
                        The Rocketeer
                        Sleeping Beauty
                        A Room With a View
                        Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
                        Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom/Last Crusade
                        Back to the Future Parts 1 and 3
                        The Polar Express

                        I also find much to like in The Swan Princess and Coraline among others. Certainly some good ones listed here.
                        I like The Happiest Millionaire. What's wrong with that?


                        • #13
                          Re: Favorite film scores?

                          Finding Nemo
                          Pirates of the Caribbean
                          Lion King
                          and it doesnt really count for favorite film scores, but my definetly FAVORITE score is the music from....
                          LOST!!!! Michael Giacchino does an amazing job for it and it's just incredible... Provides so much of a feel for the show and it just sounds so amazing .


                          • #14
                            Re: Favorite film scores?

                            Indiana Jones/Star Wars/Harry Potter.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Favorite film scores?

                              Gone with the Wind- Max Steiner
                              The Adventures of Robin Hood- Erich Wolfgang Korngold
                              Dodge City- Max Steiner
                              Captain Blood- Erich Wolfgang Korngold
                              The Seahawk- Erich Wolfgang Korngold
                              Braveheart- James Horner