Friday, May 15, 2015

Movie Music Musings - Mining for Goldsmith Part 5

In the previous installment of Mining for Goldsmith I took a look at film composer Jerry Goldsmith’s work on forgotten science fiction films. Goldsmith claimed he wasn’t a big fan of science fiction, but after Planet of Apes was a huge success he was always asked to score them. One genre that Goldsmith enjoyed working on was family films. He said he always found a way to musically express these kinds of stories.

Here is a sampling including one of very last scoring assignments in 2002.

The Secret of NIMH (1982)

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)

Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)


  1. I can see (and hear) how kid-friendly films would allow more playfulness in the score.

    1. Yeah I think that was one of the reasons Goldsmith really liked working with director Joe Dante. The two really connected on the lighter and more playful approaches to story and music. You get some really fun music for films like "Gremlins", "Explorers" and even "The Burbs" from those two.