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David Arnold's THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA (2019)

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David Arnold Scoring Channel 4’s ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’

 

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David Arnold (Independence Day, Casino Royale, Stargate, Sherlock, Tomorrow Never Dies) has announced that he is composing the music for the upcoming Channel 4 animated holiday special The Tiger Who Came to Tea. The composer also co-wrote the original song Hey Tiger! with Don Black that will be performed by Robbie Williams. The animated short is directed by Robin Shaw (We’re Going on a Bear Hunt) and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo, Clara Ross, Tamsin Grieg, David Walliams and Paul Whitehouse. The Lupus Film (The Snowman and The Snowdog) production is based on Judith Kerr’s children’s book of the same title and explores what happens when a little girl named Sophie encounters an anthropomorphised tiger who interrupts her afternoon tea. Joanna Harrison wrote the script. The Tiger Who Came to Tea will premiere this holiday season in the UK on Channel 4.

 

As previously reported, Arnold also has the BBC/Netflix series Dracula (co-scored with Michael Price) coming up.

 

http://filmmusicreporter.com/2019/10/07/david-arnold-scoring-channel-4s-the-tiger-who-came-to-tea/

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Lots and lots of blockbusters being made at Hollywood, and instead Arnold only scores British TV? What happened to him, really? Did he decided it was more fulfiling to work on these TV series than on CGI-filled superhero movies, or it was the producers and directors who instead prefer to work with the same composers?

 

I can think of a lot of recent movies that could've produced great David Arnold scores.

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David Arnold, Elliot Goldenthal, Don Davis... if they were scoring more blockbusters, there wouldn't be so many people whining about "film music these days". Instead, Lorne Balfe and Tyler Bates do a lot of movies every year :(

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39 minutes ago, Thekthithm said:

Arnold, Goldenthal and Davis do not.

 

They did during the 90s and early 2000s. Or at least not what the studios actually wanted, but what they were willing to accept into their blockbusters. Now their music is not acceptable anymore, which is very unfortunate.

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On 10/10/2019 at 5:04 AM, Edmilson said:

David Arnold, Elliot Goldenthal, Don Davis... if they were scoring more blockbusters, there wouldn't be so many people whining about "film music these days". Instead, Lorne Balfe and Tyler Bates do a lot of movies every year :(

Are those composers somehow not good people to work together with for directors/producers?

Is there some sort of social/political component, I wonder?

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On 10/10/2019 at 12:28 AM, Modest Expectations said:

Sounds like a classy story. When is "this holiday season"? July 2020?


Yeah, I don't get why the British Channel 4 is using this terminology. It's obviously going to be at Christmas. 

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52 minutes ago, Sweeping Strings said:


Yeah, I don't get why the British Channel 4 is using this terminology. It's obviously going to be at Christmas. 

 

I would just point out that I think that is the terminology chosen by the Film Music Reporter website, not Channel 4.

 

If you look at Channel 4's actual press release for the show, they refer to it as airing at Christmas multiple times.

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Channel 4 to air a special animated adaptation of the much loved

classic children’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr ... for Christmas 2019

 

https://www.channel4.com/press/news/tiger-who-came-tea-channel-4

 

But also it's a pretty common term to use even among those who don't care about political correctness or whatever.

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4 minutes ago, Sweeping Strings said:

Ah, I see.

 

'Holiday season', 'Happy Holidays' and all that are far more commonplace in the US than UK ... we mostly still say Christmas, despite what right-wing nutters would have you believe. 

 

I guess the popularity of the phrase in America can be traced back to the Irving Berlin song "Happy Holiday" featured in Holiday Inn, the same film that introduced "White Christmas."  Then later Andy Williams' perennially popular Christmas song "Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season."

 

You know the one, it's got that weird "he'll be comin' down the chimney down" refrain.

 

 

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Ah, where would Crimbo be without the crooners? 

 

Although, that said ... Nat King Cole's version of The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot, dear God. Don't mind me, I'll just be over here in the foetal position crying all the moisture out of my body. 

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5 hours ago, Stefancos said:

Their sound is just not in vogue anymore.

But John Williams still gets hired.

And James Newton Howard.

And John Powell.

 

As far as I'm concerned, David Arnold fits right in.

 

Does he even get to use his sound on these TV shows?

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8 minutes ago, Pieter_Boelen said:

But John Williams still gets hired.

And James Newton Howard.

And John Powell.

 

As far as I'm concerned, David Arnold fits right in.

 

Does he even get to use his sound on these TV shows?

 

Those guys are exceptions to the rule. Their style is not the norm in Hollywood anymore.

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6 hours ago, Pieter_Boelen said:

But John Williams still gets hired.

And James Newton Howard.

And John Powell.

 

As far as I'm concerned, David Arnold fits right in.

 

Does he even get to use his sound on these TV shows?

 

Williams _doesn't_ really get hired, nor does Powell. And Newton-Howard sounds like he's had to adapt his voice quite a bit to stay in the pack, same with Elfman. 

 

While I obviously don't know, it is reasonable to guess that these smaller projects offer a greater opportunity for creative freedom.

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Since 2008, Williams does basically only Star Wars and Spielberg movies - The Book Thief is an exception, and only because he actually sought out the job after he read the book and knew they were making a movie about it.

 

Powell for the most part does basically animated kids movies. Until the beginning of this decade he also would do action movies like Green Zone or Knight and Day, but these days (2016's Jason Bourne excluded), he sticks with the cartoons. There's Solo, of course, but that was an exception.

 

JNH, of course, does a lot of stuff, from action thrillers to fantasy blockbusters, but even so he is having to compete with much more modern composers, like for Maleficent 2, when, despite his critically aclaimed score for the first movie, they still gave the job to Geoff Zanelli.

 

And that's not even mentioning people like Elfman, who seems more interested on his concert work than on film music these days, and Silvestri, who was rescued from scoring only crappy action flicks and the ocasional Zemeckis drama by Marvel and Spielberg.

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16 hours ago, Sweeping Strings said:

Ah, I see.

 

'Holiday season', 'Happy Holidays' and all that are far more commonplace in the US than UK ... we mostly still say Christmas, despite what right-wing nutters would have you believe. 

 

From those of us at City Hall to each and every one of you...Happy Holidays. We have with us tonight a man who really needs no introduction, he's given so much to our city. Will you welcome, please, Gotham's own Santa Clause...Max Shreck.

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21 hours ago, Sweeping Strings said:

'Holiday season', 'Happy Holidays' and all that are far more commonplace in the US than UK ... we mostly still say Christmas, despite what right-wing nutters would have you believe. 

The increasing use of the term "Holiday" in the US is obviously showing support for the emerging Pastafarian religion:

https://pastafarians.org.au/pastafarianism/holidays/

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