18 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

John Debney made his initial Hollywood reputation scoring comedies. Yet he’d garner an Academy Award nod for the magnificent oratorio score he crafted for The Passion of the Christ in 2004, then scored Sin City and became the youngest recipient of ASCAP's Henry Mancini Lifetime Achievement Award the next year. Here, Debney revisits his deft gift for humor in service of this comic misadventure from director Steven Brill and star Elizabeth Banks, an inspiration the composer credits with being “funny, charming, and nuanced. Playing comedy in a very bright yellow dress is not that easy for any actress, but Ms. Banks pulls it off.” The title music’s thrash edges soon give way to “a fun journey with tinges of the sounds of the street,” says Debney of his cues for the film, “an acoustic guitar–driven score, with some bluesy harmonica thrown in.” 

EDITORS’ NOTES

John Debney made his initial Hollywood reputation scoring comedies. Yet he’d garner an Academy Award nod for the magnificent oratorio score he crafted for The Passion of the Christ in 2004, then scored Sin City and became the youngest recipient of ASCAP's Henry Mancini Lifetime Achievement Award the next year. Here, Debney revisits his deft gift for humor in service of this comic misadventure from director Steven Brill and star Elizabeth Banks, an inspiration the composer credits with being “funny, charming, and nuanced. Playing comedy in a very bright yellow dress is not that easy for any actress, but Ms. Banks pulls it off.” The title music’s thrash edges soon give way to “a fun journey with tinges of the sounds of the street,” says Debney of his cues for the film, “an acoustic guitar–driven score, with some bluesy harmonica thrown in.” 

TITLE TIME
1:55
1:38
2:03
1:30
1:29
1:46
1:24
1:20
1:06
2:00
1:04
2:39
3:31
0:56
1:21
1:52
2:55
1:08

About John Debney

Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning composer John Debney has been part of the Disney family since before he was born in Glendale, California, in 1956. The son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney, he grew up playing and writing music while spending time with his father at work. He even knew Walt Disney. Upon graduating from the California Institute of Arts, he began working at the Mouse House in the copying department. His earliest compositions were used for Epcot's international pavilions and rides. He also worked with Hanna-Barbera composer Hoyt Curtin, contributing music to the Jetsons and Flintstones. From there, Debney would go on to score such television shows as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Doctor Who, and Seaquest DSV, for which he won an Emmy for Best Main Title in 1993. In the early '90s, he also wrote additional music for the Disney parks, this time for Disneyland attractions. His first major film score opportunity was 1993's Hocus Pocus. Other notable scores include Jim Carrey vehicles Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty, Robert Rodriguez films like the Sin City adaptation and the Spy Kids series, Chicken Little, The Princess Diaries, Cutthroat Island, and his Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score for The Passion of the Christ. He has also collaborated with director Jon Favreau on a number of projects, like Elf, Zathura, Iron Man 2, and the 2016 live adaptation of Disney's The Jungle Book. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

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