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The Music
No adventure tale is complete without a grand musical score to accentuate the action and enhance the elements of drama and comedy that accompany it. To help "Treasure Planet” strike all the right chords, the filmmakers enlisted the talents of composer James Newton Howard. This is Howard's third score for a Disney animated feature, following previous credits on "Dinosaur” and "Atlantis: The Lost Empire.”

Producer Roy Conli describes the composer's work as "romantically transcendent and very much in the tradition of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's great swashbuckling scores for films like ‘Captain Blood' and ‘The Seahawk.' The score is a huge orchestral piece that pays homage to the great sea adventures of the 1940s. James is one of the few composers who can write to comedy, adventure, romance and emotion.”

Howard notes, "This is probably the culmination of a lot of things I've attempted in the past. This movie fits in with the rich tradition of Korngold, Tiomkin, and Steiner and the swashbuckling films they helped to create. There was an expectation on this film that the music had to really perform on a classic level. Animated films are at once exciting and terrifying for any composer because there is a ton of work and you realize this is a very music-driven medium. The scary thing is you know how good it could be and you strive towards achieving that. A large part of my job is to help clarify and emphasize the emotional point of view at any given time.”

In addition to a great score, the film features two songs by singer/songwriter John Rzeznik (one of the founding members and lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls), who marks his solo artist debut on this project. The first song, "I'm Still Here (Jim's Theme)” accompanies a montage of images in which Jim and John Silver develop a friendship. For this rock ballad, Rzeznik drew on his own memories of adolescence and infused the song with a great understanding of the character and emotional feeling. He observes, "Jim became a real person to me. He goes on an adventure to find his real identity, and though he winds up with a few scars, he becomes a man. It's a great story and the animation is absolutely mind-blowing. I found it easy to relate to Jim because I felt a lot like him when I was his age.”

Rzeznik's second song, "Always Know Where You Are,” is heard at the end of the film and into the end credits.


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