19 Songs, 1 Hour 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

English film composer John Powell is blunt about the challenge of forging a sequel to Paramount’s warmly received animated fable: “The first film is beloved, so it literally is just: 'Don’t [screw] it up!'” The original also netted the composer his first Academy Award nomination, which raised the bar for this one even further. “I couldn’t bear the idea of coming out at the end and everybody going, ‘Okay it’s good, but not as good as the first one,’” Powell says with a chuckle. For Dragon 2, the composer started writing themes a year in advance, with the film’s closing Powell/Jónsi/Shane MacGowan song collaboration, “Where No One Goes,” requiring completion before animation could begin. Powell also returned to his original Oscar-nominated themes “in the first five minutes of the film, kind of like an overture from the first movie. From there on, [new] themes are very carefully introduced, linked into these ideas that the film is following.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

English film composer John Powell is blunt about the challenge of forging a sequel to Paramount’s warmly received animated fable: “The first film is beloved, so it literally is just: 'Don’t [screw] it up!'” The original also netted the composer his first Academy Award nomination, which raised the bar for this one even further. “I couldn’t bear the idea of coming out at the end and everybody going, ‘Okay it’s good, but not as good as the first one,’” Powell says with a chuckle. For Dragon 2, the composer started writing themes a year in advance, with the film’s closing Powell/Jónsi/Shane MacGowan song collaboration, “Where No One Goes,” requiring completion before animation could begin. Powell also returned to his original Oscar-nominated themes “in the first five minutes of the film, kind of like an overture from the first movie. From there on, [new] themes are very carefully introduced, linked into these ideas that the film is following.”

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