Joel McNeely

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Joel McNeely (born 28 March 1959) is an American composer of film and television music.

Biography[edit]

Joel McNeely was born in Madison, Wisconsin. Both of his parents were involved in music and theater, and as a child he played the piano, saxophone, bass, and flute. He attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, studied jazz at the University of Miami, and earned a masters degree as a composition major at the Eastman School of Music.

Lucasfilm chose McNeely to compose the soundtrack to the 1996 Star Wars novel Shadows of the Empire. This was an experimental project where he conveyed general moods and themes instead of writing music to flow for specific scenes.

He is also notable for conducting a series of re-recordings of Bernard Herrmann, Franz Waxman, John Barry and other's scores under the label of Varèse Sarabande, notably Vertigo, Psycho and Citizen Kane, and selected scores from the Twilight Zone television series, among others. He also composed the score for The Avengers and the theme and music for FOX's Dark Angel also scored the movies Terminal Velocity, Iron Will (Which was used in the teaser trailers of Toy Story), Flipper, Gold Diggers, Samantha, Virus, and I Know Who Killed Me (2007). He also scored a multitude of Disney animated films (Mulan II, Peter Pan: Return to Neverland (2002), Tinker Bell and many others).

Currently McNeely scores occasional episodes of the FOX animated TV series American Dad!, since the fourth season replacing Ron Jones who left to focus more on composing for Family Guy, including the episode with the Back to the Future parody, and the season five premiere (among others). McNeely is currently producing Seth MacFarlane's first solo album, which includes a song he wrote for The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles entitled "She's Wonderful Too", to which MacFarlane and McNeely personally received permission from George Lucas himself to write additional music and lyrics.[1]

Filmography[edit]

1980s[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
1987 You Talkin' to Me? Charles Winkler United Artists N/A
1988 Splash, Too Greg Antonacci Walt Disney Television
ABC
TV movie
1989 The Parent Trap III Mollie Miller Walt Disney Television
Disney Channel
TV movie
Polly Debbie Allen Walt Disney Television
NBC
TV movie
The Parent Trap IV: Hawaiian Honeymoon Mollie Miller Walt Disney Television
NBC
TV movie

1990s[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
1990 Hitler's Daughter James A. Contner Wilshire Court Productions
USA Network
TV movie
Polly: Comin' Home! Debbie Allen Walt Disney Television
NBC
TV movie
1991 Frankenstein: The College Years Tom Shadyac FOX TV movie
1992 Lady Against the Odds Bradford May MGM Television
NBC
TV movie
Samantha Stephen La Rocque Academy Entertainment N/A
1994 Iron Will Charles Haid Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Radioland Murders Mel Smith Universal Pictures N/A
Squanto: A Warrior's Tale Xavier Koller
Christopher Stoia
Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Terminal Velocity Deran Sarafian Hollywood Pictures N/A
1995 Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain Kevin James Dobson Universal Pictures N/A
1996 Flipper Alan Shapiro Universal Pictures N/A
1997 Vegas Vacation Stephen Kessler Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
Wild America William Dear Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
1998 Buffalo Soldiers Charles Haid Turner Pictures
TNT
TV movie
The Avengers Jeremiah S. Chechik Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
Zack and Reba Nicole Bettauer Live Entertainment N/A
Soldier Paul W. S. Anderson Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
1999 Virus John Bruno Universal Pictures N/A
Road Rage Deran Sarafian NBC Studios
NBC
TV movie

2000s[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2000 Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Charles Haid CBS Productions
CBS
TV movie
Santa Who? William Dear ABC TV movie
2001 Lover's Prayer Reverge Anselmo Image Entertainment N/A
2002 Return to Never Land Robin Budd Walt Disney Pictures
DisneyToon Studios
N/A
2003 The Jungle Book 2 Steve Trenbirth Walt Disney Pictures
DisneyToon Studios
N/A
Ghosts of the Abyss James Cameron Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Holes Andrew Davis Walt Disney Pictures N/A
Uptown Girls Boaz Yakin Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A
2004 Stateside Reverge Anselmo Samuel Goldwyn Films N/A
America's Heart and Soul Louis Schwartzberg Walt Disney Pictures N/A
2005 Mulan II Darrell Rooney
Lynne Southerland
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
Pooh's Heffalump Movie Frank Nissen Walt Disney Pictures
DisneyToon Studios
N/A
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Michael LaBash
Tony Leondis
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
2006 The Fox and the Hound 2 Jim Kammerud Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
2007 Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Frank Nissen Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
I Know Who Killed Me Chris Sivertson TriStar Pictures N/A
2008 Tinker Bell Bradley Raymond Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
2009 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Klay Hall Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film

2010s[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2010 Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Bradley Raymond Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
2011 Pixie Hollow Games Bradley Raymond Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Television special
2012 Secret of the Wings Bobs Gannaway
Peggy Holmes
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
2014 The Pirate Fairy Peggy Holmes Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
A Million Ways to Die in the West Seth MacFarlane Universal Pictures N/A
Home Tim Johnson 20th Century Fox
DreamWorks Animation
N/A
2015 Thunder Lord Nick Goins Makeshift Film Group N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seth MacFarlane: From 'Family Guy' to Music Man

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