ParaNorman [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Quirky composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion makes his animated film score debut with the LAIKA creature feature ParaNorman. Though the pairing may initially seem odd, looking back at some of Brion's live action movie music -- P.T. Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love, Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufmann's Synecdoche, New York -- reveals surrealist leanings that paint the picture. In fact, before Brion wrote a single note for ParaNorman, directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell listened to the Eternal Sunshine soundtrack while editing scenes, helping to build the film's atmosphere of offbeat fun and darkly beautiful fantasy. As preteen misfit Norman grapples with school bullies ...
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All Music Guide
Quirky composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion makes his animated film score debut with the LAIKA creature feature ParaNorman. Though the pairing may initially seem odd, looking back at some of Brion's live action movie music -- P.T. Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love, Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufmann's Synecdoche, New York -- reveals surrealist leanings that paint the picture. In fact, before Brion wrote a single note for ParaNorman, directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell listened to the Eternal Sunshine soundtrack while editing scenes, helping to build the film's atmosphere of offbeat fun and darkly beautiful fantasy. As preteen misfit Norman grapples with school bullies and tries to save his town from a witch's centuries-old curse, Brion is on hand to elevate all of the action, from Goblin-esque eerie synth lines "Zombie Attack in the Eighties," "Zombies Attack", paranoid, lurching percussion "Aggie Fights", and monster movie majesty "Goodbye Mr P/Historic Drama/Grounded/Heavy Visitation", to gentle Tin Pan Alley melodies main theme "Norman at the Piano" and pastoral Laurel Canyon pop "Norman's Walk". Some of ParaNorman's less stylized moments, like "Moth Rock," recall Danny Elfman's work with Tim Burton Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, but all in all it's a Frankenstein's monster-like mish-mash of kid-friendly chills and silly camp, synthesized through Brion's high-concept eccentricity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2012
  • Label: Relativity Music Grp
  • UPC: 854727002614
  • Catalog Number: 70026
  • Sales rank: 175,173

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jon Brion Primary Artist, Conductor
Technical Credits
Jon Brion Composer, Producer
Greg Lapidus Music Business Affairs
Bob Bowen Executive Soundtrack Producer
Andy Glen Auricle Programming
Christine Bergren Music Business Affairs, Legal Counsel
Greg Koller Engineering
Jason Markey Executive Soundtrack Producer
Colette Barber Studio Manager
Kevin Kaska Arranger
Jo Buckley Assistant Contractor
Stephan Marsh Mastering
Lucy Whaley Assistant Contractor
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