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I finally got myself to watch Happy Feet in a complete form. I've had both soundtracks for some time now, but for some reason the idea of dancing and singing penguins seemed not to be appealing to me. But recently, I started listening to the soundtracks again and I started thinking that such good music at least could make up for a bad movie.

Luckily, the movie is actually quite good and entertaining. It's not a masterpiece, of course, and it has its flaws, but its an animated film that tries something a little different and more mature and it succeeds. It almost has a Don Bluth quality to it, something which shouldn't surprise me considering how this movie was inspired by a Don Bluth movie that I prefer not to mention.

The animation is fantastic, the direction is magnificent, the visuals are incredible, the voice talents demonstrate how talented they are and the dances are pure fun to watch. But it's the music that makes the film. And I'm not talking about the songs -which, however, are fantastically arranged by Powell-, but more of the actual score itself. The serious cues really take the icing of the cake, demonstrating how mature Powell can be when assigned with the right project.

Just listen to this and tell me that it doesn't give you chills...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KZCX9sHI4g

Simply amazing. I think this one has become my second favorite Powell score, right behind HTTYD.

For some reason, I'm really interested in seeing and hearing what will he do with Happy Feet 2, although the trailers look absouletly dreadful and not at all in tone with the original film. But we'll see, the trailers for the first film seemed silly too.

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Great interview with Powell: http://www.denofgeek.com/uk/movies/john-powell/50304/john-powell-interview-scoring-bourne-hans-zimmer-faceoff-and-more

^^^ So yeah, John Powell has confirmed it. The Choral Works album, titled "Hubris", will be released on June 15 ( The Prussian Requiem pieces will be included too) So yeah, within 2 wee

HTTYD is a flawless score. I could listen to it again and again. HTTYD2 is good but HTTYD feels so much more organic IMO.   I think a large reason for the successes of these scores is the st

Remarkable suite. The performance of the romantic theme is heart-wrenching.

And I love how he finishes See You Tomorrow off with the final part of Test Drive. Wow.

Shame about the idiotic audience clapping bit though. Quite embarrassing, especially since they didn't mention that in the rehearsals, so even those of us in the audience who were there were completely unprepared.

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Samples from Happy Feet Two are up! Thanks to FSM for letting me know...

http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Feet-Two-Original-Soundtrack/dp/B0064WL2UA/ref=sr_shvl_album_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1320885191&sr=301-3

The samples from Powell's score are too short to judge, but so far it doesn't sound as good as the first score. However, I'll reserve full jugdement until the score's out, as his cues seem to be quite lenghty. Tappin' To Freedom sounds very impressive.

And the arrangemente for Rawhide is AMAZING! Powell desperately needs to do a western. You listening, Tarantino?

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I believe Powell wrote a bunch of original songs for the film, so maybe there's a separate release for the songs? Like Happy Feet.

Most of the track titles sound intriguing... Wasteland, Valley Exodus, Funeral for a Tree... It could be a lot more mature than we are expecting.

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JOHN POWELL TO PERFORM AT THE VARÈSE SARABANDE 35th ANNIVERSARY GALA!

Another exciting announcement about the quickly approaching Varèse Sarabande 35th Anniversary Concert Gala with the Golden State Pops Orchestra ... the great John Powell will be joining our epic anniversary line-up! John Powell is one of the best and busiest film composers in the world. He keeps us very busy at Varèse Sarabande and we couldn't be happier about it ... How To Train Your Dragon, The Lorax, The Bourne Identity, Horton Hears A Who!, Hancock, Kung Fu Panda 2, Paycheck, The Italian Job, Ice Age 3 &4, The Bourne Supremacy, X-Men 3, Rio, Robots, United '93 and many more! Don't miss John Powell conducting the GSPO on May 11, 2013 as part of Varèse Sarabande's historic anniversary festivities!
Tickets are selling fast. http://www.gspo.com/season.php

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Remarkable suite. The performance of the romantic theme is heart-wrenching.

And I love how he finishes See You Tomorrow off with the final part of Test Drive. Wow.

Shame about the idiotic audience clapping bit though. Quite embarrassing, especially since they didn't mention that in the rehearsals, so even those of us in the audience who were there were completely unprepared.

If you noticed carefully, it's the conductor's fault; he prompted the audience to start clapping along.

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Yes, but that could mean that he did it of his own accord or was told to do so by the producers. Axelrod has been a great conductor for this series, but I have a feeling he was all too happy to fulfill all the producers' ideas to make the concerts more Octoberfest-y. Possibly the reason why Mauceri never returned.

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I found a little gem from Powell's early carreer at composing, a short french animated horror film, and it features some very interesting music!

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcw54r_les-escarpins-sauvages-de-thierry-e_shortfilms#.UUObJhcz2So

I don't know how much of that is his, but it's still very interesting! I wish he did more of that kind of music.

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Question: What happened to Powell?

For a while in the late 2000s and early 2010s, he was getting typecast as a scorer of animated films only. I mean, in the 5 year span of 2008 - 2012, he scored ELEVEN animated films, and only 6 live action. And, he hasn't scored ANY live action films since 2010.

I thought I remembered reading in this thread that post-Lorax and Ice Age 4, he had a bunch of live action films in the works - Mad Max 4, Captain something or other, and some other one (I can't find the posts now).

But now it looks like he won't be scoring ANY 2013 films, and the only 2 films he has for 2014 are both animated (HTTYD2 and Rio 2).

Did he decide to take time off? Or is he just not getting offered live action gigs?

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I thought this was discussed in detail? He took time off, presumably to spend more time with family, but after his most recent interview it seems he's fed up with the Hollywood system. A shame, since I was looking forward to his next Miller, Greengrass, and Liman films.

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Some news regarding HTTYD 2:

DreamWorks Animation held a small filmmaker panel at Comic-Con today, and director Dean DuBois revealed that Jonsi will be working with John Powell, who worked on the music for the original film, and write three songs for How to Train Your Dragon 2, just like his Sticks and Stones track on the first film.

Also, Cate Blanchett, Kit Harrington and Dijimon Honsou have been added to the cast.

http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/how-to-train-your-dragon-2-gains-composer-jonsi-more-voice-cast/

Three songs, huh? I wonder what does that mean.

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Yeah, but I mean how will it be used on the film. One is for the end credits I'm sure, but I hope they don't use the other two for the flying sequences. Let Powell do his thing like he did on the first one.

source music hopefully.

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