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Lakeshore Records: "ADDAMS FAMILY 2" music by Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna

Lakeshore Records released The Addams Family 2—Original Motion Picture Score Soundtrack digitally on October 15.  Composed by Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna (Onward, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus), the score combines non-western musical traditions with orchestral music to create a vividly unique backdrop to the creepy fun classic.  Based on the famous New Yorker creations of Charles Addams, MGM’s animated comedy features an all-star voice cast let by Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, , Chloë Grace Moretz, Javon “Wanna” Walton, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler and Snoop Dogg playing IT. Bill Hader joins the voice cast for the new installment as “Cyrus Strange.” Directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, The Addams Family 2 is in theaters and premium on demand.
Everyone’s favorite spooky family is back in the animated comedy sequel, The Addams Family 2. In this all-new movie we find Morticia and Gomez distraught that their children are growing up, skipping family dinners, and totally consumed with “scream time.” To reclaim their bond they decide to cram Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and the crew into their haunted camper and hit the road for one last miserable family vacation. Their adventure across America takes them out of their element and into hilarious run-ins with their iconic cousin, IT, as well as many new kooky characters. What could possibly go wrong?
Says Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna: “We had a terrific time re-entering the musical world of ‘The Addams Family’ that we developed on the first film. This musical world was gypsy instrumentation and modalities from Spain and Eastern Europe, which captured the history and dark humor of the family, combined with a cinematic orchestra: this gave us a tremendously colorful and lively palette to work with. Adding a dash of large gothic organ and musical saw to the brew, we created a sound that moved easily between large and frightening and whimsical.”
MYCHAEL DANNA is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. His body of work includes his Oscar-winning score for Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” following his collaborations with Lee on “The Ice Storm”(1997) and “Ride with the Devil” (1999).   Danna also received the 2013 Golden Globe Award for “Life of Pi.”
His other celebrated collaborations include those with Bennett Miller on his multiple Oscar-nominee “Moneyball,” in 2011 and his Oscar-winning drama “Capote,” in 2005; with Terry Gilliam on his Oscar-nominated “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” in 2009 and “Tideland,” in 2005; with Mira Nair on “Vanity Fair,” in 2004, “Monsoon Wedding,” in 2001 and “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love,” in 1996; and with Billy Ray on “Breach,” in 2007 and “Shattered Glass,” in 2003. Danna’s credits also include the 2006 Oscar-winning “Little Miss Sunshine,” for which he shared a Grammy Award nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album; Marc Webb’s acclaimed romantic comedy “(500) Days of Summer” in 2009; and James Mangold’s 1999 Oscar-winning film “Girl, Interrupted.”
Mychael most recently scored the thriller “Stillwater” directed by Oscar winner Tom McCarthy starring Oscar winner Matt Damon.  He also co-scored the Amazon Original Movie “Cinderella” with Jessica Rose Weiss.  Mychael and Jeff Danna wrote the original score for the animated feature “The Addams Family 2” which is being released on October 1, 2021.
Among Mychael’s other awards are the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing (2013), the World Soundtrack Awards for Film Composer of the Year, and Best Score of the Year (both 2013), the Hollywood Film Award for Composer of the Year (2016), and the Career Achievment Award, Zürich Fim Festival (2021).

JEFF DANNA was born in Burlington, Ontario. A reluctant piano student at age eight, he found solace in the guitar at age eleven and began playing professionally at fifteen until a hand injury at age 21 curtailed his performance career. He subsequently began composing for films and moved to Los Angeles to continue working.
Danna has created scores for a long and varied list of films.  His credits include such diverse projects as the hit film adaptations of the video game/action franchises “Resident Evil: Apocalypse,” “Silent Hill” and “Silent Hill 2”; the Ryan Gosling-Anthony Hopkins legal drama “Fracture”; “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus” and “Tideland,” both directed by Terry Gilliam; “Lakeview Terrace,” directed by Neil LaBute; a series of films for director Brett Morgen, including “The Kid Stays in The Picture,” “Chicago 10,” and the Kurt Cobain biopic “Montage of Heck”; “Closing the Ring” for director Richard Attenborough; and the cult classic “The Boondock Saints,” among others.
Jeff wrote the music for Guillermo Del Toro’s animated science fantasy series “Tales of Arcadia” for Netflix and produced by DreamWorks Animation which premiered in 2018.  Jeff and Mychael wrote the music for the animated feature "The Addams Family” which was released in 2019 and Disney and Pixar’s  Oscar nominated animated film “Onward” which opened in theaters on March 6, 2020 and for which they received an Annie nomination for Best Music - Feature.  Jeff and Mychael wrote the original score for the upcoming animated feature "The Addams Family 2” which is being released on October 1, 2021.
Together, Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna wrote the score for Pixar’s animated feature “The Good Dinosaur” in 2015 and received an Annie nomination for their music.  Mychael scored the Oscar-nominated short preceding the film, “Sanjay’s Super Team.”  The Danna brothers continued their collaboration on the score for “Storks” for Warner Animation Group, and on the Oscar nominated animated film “The Breadwinner,” for which they were Annie nominated for their original score, and won the best original music award from the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France.  Mychael and Jeff Danna also scored the animated feature “The Addams Family” and Disney and Pixar’s Oscar nominated animated feature “Onward” which opened in theaters on March 6, 2020 and for which they received an Annie nomination for Best Music – Feature.

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1 comment:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I bet their score is much better than the movie since it's not getting good reviews.