composed by John Powell, Various
Label: Atlantic/Warner Bros.
1. The Song Of The Heart (Prince)
2. Hit Me Up (Gia Farrell)
3. Tell Me Something Good (Pink)
4. Somebody To Love (Brittany Murphy)
5. I Wish (Fantasia Barrino, Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams)
6. Jump N' Move (The Brand New Heavies, featuring Jamalski)
7. Do It Again (The Wondermints)
8. The Joker/Everything I Own (Jason Mraz, Chrissie Hynde)
9. My Way (A Mi Manera) (Robin Williams)
10. Kiss/Heartbreak Hotel (Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman)
11. Boogie Wonderland (Brittany Murphy)
12. Golden Slumbers/The End (K.D. Lang)
13. The Story of Mumble Happy Feet (05:50, score composed by John Powell)
Total Time: 47:47
In the highly sucessfull wave of CG-animated
films featuring cute and furry animals, now its the time of Happy Feet
to catch the attention of thousands of viewers around the world. In the
U.S. the singing and dancing penguins did beat out James Bond's Casino
Royale at the box office for two weeks in a row - only in its first
weekend this Warner Bros., George Miller directed production earned $42.3
million, helping to launch a strong holiday viewing season.|
Like the acclaimed live documentary March
of The Penguins, Happy Feet is set deep in Antarctica, in the
realm of the Emperor Penguins. Our main character, Mumble, is born without
the ability to sing the romantic song he needs to attract a female penguin.
So he learns to express himself in an unique way: by tap-dancing! The film
features the voices of stars Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood,
Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.
As you can imagine, music and dance both
play a very important part in Mumble's life, and so in the film's history.
Prolific film composer John Powell was enlisted to create arrangements for
songs in the movie and on the soundtrack sung by the cast and by several popular music
artists. Powell arranged songs for cast members Robin
Williams, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, as well as for Pink, Yolanda
Adams, Fantasia, and Patti LaBelle.
John Powell spent a weighty four years
scoring, arranging and acting as musical director and musical producer for
Happy Feet. Powell
traveled eight times to Australia to record some of the singers, a full
orchestra and a 600 voice choir. He also had numerous sessions in Los
Angeles with the stars of the picture as well as traveling to San Francisco
to record Robin Williams. This soundtrack album features 12 songs and just
one score track by Powell, fortunately the score CD is being released by by Atlantic Records this mid-December.
Powell's taste for unusual instrumentation, combined with his experience in diverse musical styles, made him perfect for the project. The
score montage "The Story of Mumble Happy Feet"
is a showcase of Powell's talents: at first gentle and joyful, very soon the
develops into a rousing, fast and wondrous piece plenty of samba and latin
rhythms. The performance with orchestra, voices and percussion is stunning.
In under 10 years, Powell has established
himself as a leading composer with nearly fifty films to his credit. Powell
has demonstrated his flair for melody, layers and sonic textures in
virtually every genre from action, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and The
Bourne Identity, to comedies, including Shrek, and Robots.
Besides Happy Feet, this year alone Powell has contributed to an
array of divergent projects, including the grand and powerful orchestration
for X-Men: The Last Stand and the ambient score for United 93
and the eclectic score for Ice Age: The Meltdown.
Amongst John Powell's next projects are
Horton Hears a Who for Fox/Bluesky Studios animation and the next
chapter of the "Bourne" series, The Bourne Ultimatum. Several of his
film scores were highlighted at a special concert for the World Soundtrack
Awards in Belgium, October 2006.
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