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Peter Pan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

James Newton Howard

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Album Review

The producers were wise in their choosing of James Newton Howard to compose the score for P.J. Hogan's big screen rendering of J.M. Barrie's famous children's book, Peter Pan. The former Elton John keyboardist's work on M. Night Shyamalan's Sixth Sense and Signs showcased his ability to blend suspense and whimsy, and skillfully paint a scene from a child actor's point of view. For Peter Pan, Howard builds the dreamy world of "Neverland" with harps, choirs, and the occasional keyboard flourish, fleshing out the characters with fairy tale precision, and creating a believable realm in the same fashion that John Williams handled the magical world of Harry Potter. The string motifs he chooses for Wendy and Peter are steeped in the bittersweet confusion of sexual awakening, and the eternally youthful Lost Boys are treated with a light hand, hinting at their enviable immortality. "Howard" goes to great lengths to capture the myth of Peter Pan, never dumbing it down. His is a darker take on a story that has spent years in the hands of cartoonists, and it delivers the tale a much-needed edge.

Customer Reviews

The best soothing songs after a hard day...

This album is fantastic. It inspires in me all the emotions that the story of Peter Pan would rouse within makes me long for childhood! Beautiful heart wrenching songs like Flying Jolly Roger and Fairy Dance make you want to listen to them over and over favourites are the above mentioned and Flying. It is a very relaxing, calming album, and a must for anyone who enjoys James Newton Howard's work or the Peter Pan film...


I love the story, the movie, the cast, everything about Peter Pan. I saw this movie when I was really young,
and I recently rewatched it, to find that it was so much better than when I saw it for the first time.
Peter is such a great character, and this music brings to life his mischevious energy and charm.
Peter pan is the essence of children and adults alike. Doesn't everyone dream of flying, fighting pirates, and finding their Wendy/Peter?
There has to be a sequel.
Do you hear me, film directors?!!! There must be a sequel!!!

Truely Enchanting!!

Every song i can relate to from watching this movie, especially Fairy Dance it is a beautiful composition, that scene always makes me jealous of the actress who plays Wendy. I recommend the soundtrack to anyone who enjoys this magical movie!!


Born: 09 June 1951 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Pianist, producer, and composer James Newton-Howard scored over 60 films beginning in the mid-'80s, including The Fugitive, Space Jam, The Prince of Tides, Pretty Woman, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Waterworld. Newton-Howard began taking classical piano lessons at the age of four, playing on a piano owned by his grandmother, who was the Pittsburgh Symphony's concertmaster and violinist during the 1930s and '40s. He went on to study at the USC School of Music and at the Music Academy of the West (in Santa...
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