Article on Film Composers and Scores

The other day, I was watching the very end of The Spiderwick Chronicles. From memory, this film did not do too well at the box office. It was released back in 2008.

So multiple spoilers ahead, sorry.

Anyway, the scene I was watching involved David Straithairn's character Arthur Spiderwick coming back and seeing his now very grown up daughter Lucinda (Joan Plowright) and taking her with him.

The piece of score for this particular scene sounded very familiar and I remembered that it was in the film Casper (its the scene when Cat's Mum comes back and tells her Dad what needs to be said and later when Casper is dancing with Cat near the end of their little dance) and a little research later confirmed it was in fact the same composer: James Horner.

It's not the first time this has happened, there have been many overlaps, a lot I've noticed from the action genre of films, classics like Con Air, Broken Arrow, Bad Boys and the sequel, to present for films like The Sorcerer's Apprentice, the Pirates of the Caribbean series and the other genres as well. Little pieces of score, here and there. It's a little fun for me (and surely others) to pick up on this unintentional extra bit of interest.

From composers like Patrick Doyle, Burkhard Dallwitz, Marco Beltrami, Angelo Badalamenti, Trevor Rabin, Mark Mancina, Klaus Badelt, Hans Zimmer, John Ottman, Atli Örvarsson, Alexandre Desplat, Dario Marianelli, Trevor Morris, Carter Burwell, David Arnold, James Newton Howard, Marc Streitenfeld, Mark Isham, Howard Shore, Murray Gold, Abel Korzeniowski and so many more besides, their craft in films and TV based productions has always been of the highest standards and as always give the story that little extra piece of magic.

The unintentional and perhaps intentional overlapping that at times occurs is not meant as an insult in any way shape or form, it is actually quite creative and clever, for someone to see that something that worked in a scene a film in 1995 can also work for another film thirteen years later, in a different scene altogether.


  1. This quote comes from a film that may be some good action with a basic (entertaining storyline) but the score has something special.

    “Tarconi: Let me guess: you need my help again.
    Frank Martin: You still near the computer?
    Tarconi: It's practically my pillow. Where do you want to start?
    Frank Martin: I don't know. I have nothing.
    Tarconi: Ah! My favorite kind of investigation.”


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