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MEET THE ROBINSONS

The Robinsons Music
Among the many surprises and delights of MEET THE ROBINSONS is the film's original music—including a pop-driven soundtrack, songs by acclaimed singer/songwriter Rufus

Wainwright and mega-hit pop star Rob Thomas and an inventive symphonic score from two-time Academy Award® nominee Danny Elfman. The soundtrack album, which features 8 songs and 8 score selections and almost as much joyful diversity as the Robinson family itself, features the lead single "Little Wonders” from Rob Thomas as well as songs from the new runaway hit rock/pop ensemble The All-American Rejects, the dynamic British singer-songwriter and pianist Jamie Cullum, plus bonus tracks from the teenaged, hyper-energized trio, Jonas Brothers, and the ever-innovative pop group They Might Be Giants.

"I am so excited by the music in the movie,” says director Steve Anderson, "because it adds even more energy and emotion.”

Rufus Wainwright, the Canadian-American who has been lauded as one of the most extraordinary songwriters of his generation, jumped at his chance to become part of the Walt Disney legacy by contributing key songs. "So many great people have written for Disney movies, from Randy Newman to Elton John and Phil Collins,” he notes, "it's become something very coveted and respected. I was honored to be thought about in that way.”

Wainwright would ultimately write three songs for the film, including Wilbur's theme "Another Believer” (written with Marius de Vries), the Big Band tune "Where Is Your Heart At?” which is sung by Grammy®-nominated jazz and pop star Jamie Cullum, and the romantic "Motion Waltz (Emotional Commotion).” Wainwright's inspiration came throughout from trying to put himself in the audience's position. "I wanted songs that would be immediately sustaining and really keep their attention,” he says.

Jamie Cullum was thrilled to perform Wainwright's song "Where Is Your Heart At?” which hearkens back to the swing influence of Franny Robinson's frog band. "I love this kind of music that has real roots but also has the flavor of modern pop music,” says Cullum. Also contributing the song "Little Wonders” to MEET THE ROBINSONS is Rob Thomas, the Grammy®Award-winning singer/songwriter and lead singer for Matchbox Twenty. Thomas only needed to see a few clips of the early animation for the film to know he wanted to be a part of the project. "I never thought I would get the chance to do something like this,” he says. "After seeing a few bits and pieces of the film, I was really excited.”

It was all he needed for inspiration. "The story itself inspired me, with this orphan trying to figure out who he is through this magical fantasy,” Thomas explains. "There was a melody in my head, and it all kind of started to flow together. The song is about how people sometimes can get stuck in a bad moment when something is bringing you down and lose sight of the idea that something else will come along to make them happy. Y'know, life has its ups and downs, but it's all about making the most of those great little moments.”

For Steve Anderson, the songs added even more hues and shadings to Lewis' story. "We have the really fun stuff with the Frog Band, but I also wanted a couple of songs to really take you into Lewis' inner world and struggles,” says the director. "Rufus Wainwright writes about the search for family, and then Rob Thomas writes about Lewis finding a family in a completely different way than he ever could have dreamed. The songs become a great part of the journey.”

Meanwhile, Danny Elfman was crafting a score that matches the Robinsons' mix of high-speed hilarity and heart. Elfman, who has created dozens upon dozens of truly distinctive feature-film scores—ranging from "Batman” and "Spiderman” to "Good Will Hunting” and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and "Men in Black” an

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