Three-Time GRAMMY -Winning Composer Mark Mancina Makes Score Soar
Award-winning composer Mark Mancina, who won a
GRAMMY for Best Soundtrack Album (with Phil Collins)
for his work on Disney's 1999 feature "Tarzan," produced
and composed the score for "Disney's Planes." The music
reflects the diverse characters and global setting featured
in the story.
"All of the themes are based on the background and
location of the characters," says Mancina. "Dusty is our
middle-America character. Skipper is the old-school
military hero. Ripslinger is too cool for school."
Mancina created the themes utilizing a wide range of instrumentation. The 80-piece orchestra includes a variety
of string instruments, from electric and acoustic guitars to Sitars. The score features a mariachi band, plus samba,
techno music, Polka, Arias and heavy metal. The composer also employed a 22-voice men's choir. "Of course, we
have multinational music as well -- British, Indian, Mexican -- to name a few."
Filmmakers turned to a rock band to open the film using a
track titled "Nothing Can Stop Me Now," which illustrates
the desire that Dusty has to become a racer. The
contemporary rock track features driving guitars designed
to propel moviegoers into the story. Mark Holman wrote
and performed the song, which was produced by the
legendary producer and mixer Ed Cherney. The song itself
is used as a background vocal, and the reprise is used as
the first end-credit vocal.
Mancina says the climactic conclusion of the film features
nine minutes of intense musical storytelling that proved
challenging, but helped filmmakers showcase the
emotional finale of Dusty's lofty endeavor.
"Disney's Planes" also features original songs "You Don't
Stop -- NYC," written by Ali "Dee" Theodore and performed
by Chris Classic and Alana D., and "Fly," written by Jon
Stevens and John Fields and performed by Jon Stevens of
The Dead Daisies.
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