Joel McNeely

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Joel McNeely
Born(1959-03-28) March 28, 1959 (age 55)
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
OccupationComposer, conductor
 
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Joel McNeely
Born(1959-03-28) March 28, 1959 (age 55)
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
OccupationComposer, conductor

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 others' 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. Additionally, he 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 has produced both of Seth MacFarlane's studio albums, 2011's Music Is Better Than Words, and 2014's Holiday For Swing[1]

Filmography[edit]

1980s[edit]

YearTitleDirector(s)Studio(s)Notes
1987You Talkin' to Me?Charles WinklerUnited ArtistsN/A
1988Splash, TooGreg AntonacciWalt Disney Television
ABC
TV movie
1989The Parent Trap IIIMollie MillerWalt Disney Television
Disney Channel
TV movie
PollyDebbie AllenWalt Disney Television
NBC
TV movie
The Parent Trap IV: Hawaiian HoneymoonMollie MillerWalt Disney Television
NBC
TV movie

1990s[edit]

YearTitleDirector(s)Studio(s)Notes
1990Hitler's DaughterJames A. ContnerWilshire Court Productions
USA Network
TV movie
Polly: Comin' Home!Debbie AllenWalt Disney Television
NBC
TV movie
1991Frankenstein: The College YearsTom ShadyacFOXTV movie
1992Lady Against the OddsBradford MayMGM Television
NBC
TV movie
SamanthaStephen La RocqueAcademy EntertainmentN/A
1994Iron WillCharles HaidWalt Disney PicturesN/A
Radioland MurdersMel SmithUniversal PicturesN/A
Squanto: A Warrior's TaleXavier Koller
Christopher Stoia
Walt Disney PicturesN/A
Terminal VelocityDeran SarafianHollywood PicturesN/A
1995Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear MountainKevin James DobsonUniversal PicturesN/A
1996FlipperAlan ShapiroUniversal PicturesN/A
1997Vegas VacationStephen KesslerWarner Bros. PicturesN/A
Wild AmericaWilliam DearWarner Bros. PicturesN/A
1998Buffalo SoldiersCharles HaidTurner Pictures
TNT
TV movie
The AvengersJeremiah S. ChechikWarner Bros. PicturesN/A
Zack and RebaNicole BettauerLive EntertainmentN/A
SoldierPaul W. S. AndersonWarner Bros. PicturesN/A
1999VirusJohn BrunoUniversal PicturesN/A
Road RageDeran SarafianNBC Studios
NBC
TV movie

2000s[edit]

YearTitleDirector(s)Studio(s)Notes
2000Sally Hemings: An American ScandalCharles HaidCBS Productions
CBS
TV movie
Santa Who?William DearABCTV movie
2001Lover's PrayerReverge AnselmoImage EntertainmentN/A
2002Return to Never LandRobin BuddWalt Disney Pictures
DisneyToon Studios
N/A
2003The Jungle Book 2Steve TrenbirthWalt Disney Pictures
DisneyToon Studios
N/A
Ghosts of the AbyssJames CameronWalt Disney PicturesN/A
HolesAndrew DavisWalt Disney PicturesN/A
Uptown GirlsBoaz YakinMetro-Goldwyn-MayerN/A
2004StatesideReverge AnselmoSamuel Goldwyn FilmsN/A
America's Heart and SoulLouis SchwartzbergWalt Disney PicturesN/A
2005Mulan IIDarrell Rooney
Lynne Southerland
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
Pooh's Heffalump MovieFrank NissenWalt Disney Pictures
DisneyToon Studios
N/A
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a GlitchMichael LaBash
Tony Leondis
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
2006The Fox and the Hound 2Jim KammerudWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
2007Cinderella III: A Twist in TimeFrank NissenWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
I Know Who Killed MeChris SivertsonTriStar PicturesN/A
2008Tinker BellBradley RaymondWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
2009Tinker Bell and the Lost TreasureKlay HallWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film

2010s[edit]

YearTitleDirector(s)Studio(s)Notes
2010Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy RescueBradley RaymondWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
2011Pixie Hollow GamesBradley RaymondWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Television special
2012Secret of the WingsBobs Gannaway
Peggy Holmes
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
2014The Pirate FairyPeggy HolmesWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
A Million Ways to Die in the WestSeth MacFarlaneUniversal PicturesN/A
2015Legend of the NeverBeast[2]Steve LoterWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trakin, Roy (May 15, 2014). "Seth MacFarlane Set to Release Christmas Album". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Joel McNeely to Score Disney’s ‘Legend of the NeverBeast’". Film Music Reporter. June 14, 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2014. 

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