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Filmtracks Statistics:
Average Filmtracks Rating: 3.21
Average Viewer Rating: 3.25
Number of Reviews: 66
Number of Votes: 119,224
Number of Comments: 1,692
Reviews in Filmtracks'
Top 100 Traffic Ranks:
#8. Edward Scissorhands
#14. The Nightmare Before Christmas
#26. Batman
#57. Beetlejuice
#73. Batman Returns
#81. Chicago
Reviews in Filmtracks'
Top 100 Voting Ranks:
#4.  Edward Scissorhands
#11.  Batman
#63.  Alice in Wonderland
#83.  Sommersby
#89.  The Nightmare Before Christmas
#99.  Sleepy Hollow
Filmtracks Editor's Recommendations:
Batman
Edward Scissorhands
Sommersby
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Spider-Man
Alice in Wonderland
Real Steel
Related Pages of Interest:
Music for a Darkened Theatre, Volume I
(compilation of original cues, 1983-1990)
Music for a Darkened Theatre, Volume II
(compilation of original cues, 1990-1996)
The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box
(compilation of original cues, 1985-2010)
Additional Quotes:
"The music was such a blend of sentimental and peculiar. I could have done variations on Edward's theme forever." - 1996, on Edward Scissorhands

"The kind of romance I love so dearly... slow and dark, with a hero hung by the neck at the end... joy!" - 1996, on Sommersby

"What a sick, sick movie, God bless it... there aren't enough of them around." - 1996, on Freeway

"Still the most pure fun I've had writing a score... It was like a musical roller coaster." - 1990, on Beetlejuice

"When I found out they were doing a show hosted by a 'dead guy' I said 'this one's for me.'" - 1990, on Tales from the Crypt

"It was a lot of fun too, because Halloween has always been my favorite night of the year. For me, writing something in the spirit of Halloween is like Mother Teresa writing on charity and sacrifice. It's just second nature to me." - 1993, on The Nightmare Before Christmas

"It's a very elitist community, much more so than any other aspect of film." - 1990, on the film music composing field in general

Decorative Nonsense
Primary Composer Picture
Danny Elfman poses at his studio in 1988

"If there's one thing I really love... it's sad music."
- Danny Elfman in 1996, regarding Black Beauty

Daniel Richard Elfman was born on May 29th, 1953 in Amarillo, Texas to Blossom and Milton Elfman. His father was a teacher and his mother was a novelist of children's stories who won an Emmy award for her writing in a TV movie. Elfman spent his childhood in Los Angeles, and when he turned 18, he moved with his older brother, Richard, to France (Richard's son Jimmy is married to actress Jenna Elfman). There, he joined a theater group and became acquainted with the many different instruments of the orchestra. After spending a few years in France, he moved to Africa. He eventually moved back to the U.S. after contracting malaria, though he still considers his time in Africa a great benefit to himself.

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FILMOGRAPHY & REVIEWS AT FILMTRACKS
(see legend below for abbreviations and codes)
 TitleFR VRVTCT RD TRDates Notes
2015:
Avengers: Age of Ultron (co-wrote)
Fifty Shades of Grey****2.591683||1,47803/15
The End of the Tour
2014:
Big Eyes**
Mr. Peabody & Sherman***3.04530||1,79802/15
The Unknown Known****3.36701||1,79502/15
2013:
American Hustle***
Epic****3.371835||1,25106/13
Oz the Great and Powerful****3.343254|||1,01803/13
2012:
Promised Land***3.001070||1,69408/13all albums
Hitchcock***3.101851|||1,39612/12
Silver Linings Playbook**3.021371||1,39712/12
Frankenweenie****3.464021|||1,14610/12
Men in Black 3***3.142072||1,36506/12
Dark Shadows***3.612822|||1,35605/12
2011:
Real Steel*****3.578048|||91010/11
2010:
The Next Three Days***3.171902||1,51901/11all albums
Alice in Wonderland (AW)*****4.092,26210||||45103/10 - 06/11all albums
Do Not Disturb (co-wrote)
The Wolfman (co-wrote)****3.264945|||1,07203/10
2009:
Taking Woodstock**2.901700||1,67603/10
9 (co-wrote)***
Terminator Salvation***2.6983520|||70005/09
Notorious**
2008:
Milk (AW)***3.083454||1,31112/08
Hellboy II: The Golden Army****3.4249114||80107/08
Wanted****3.392565|||1,50009/09
Standard Operating Procedure***3.201490||1,62409/09
2007:
The Kingdom**2.722906||80710/07
Meet the Robinsons***3.035684||47202/07
2006:
Charlotte's Web****3.484875||63212/06
Nacho Libre (co-wrote)**
Deep Sea (co-wrote)***adaptation
2005:
Corpse Bride***3.421,54217|||38011/05 - 06/11all albums
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (AW)***3.471,2127|||55711/05 - 06/11all albums
No Experience Needed (co-wrote)
2004:
Spider-Man 2 (co-wrote)****3.482,137114||||21208/04 - 08/11
2003:
Big Fish (AW)****3.511,89772|||17112/03 - 06/11all albums
Hulk (co-wrote)**2.484,702138|||17606/03 - 03/09
2002:
Chicago (co-wrote) (AW)****3.544,514136|||8102/03 - 03/09
Red Dragon**2.652,50751||33709/02 - 01/09
Men in Black II**2.7181714||83503/03 - 01/09
Spider-Man (AW)****3.343,649225|||10206/02 - 01/09
2001:
Novocaine (co-wrote)**
Planet of the Apes (AW)***3.044,17672|||14207/01 - 03/12all albums
Mazer World
Spy Kids (co-wrote)***2.931,87012|||39304/01 - 01/09
Heartbreakers (co-wrote)**
2000:
The Family Man****3.931,67317|||41202/01 - 11/08promotional
Proof of Life**2.761,36933||35801/00 - 06/08
1999:
Sleepy Hollow****3.968,1156|||13411/99 - 06/11all albums
Anywhere But Here***
Instinct***2.646442||86106/99 - 08/08
My Favorite Martian (co-wrote)****2.965150||83903/99 - 10/07promotional
1998:
A Civil Action***2.975811||79801/99 - 04/07
A Simple Plan**2.641,0590||29002/99 - 05/08
Psycho (co-wrote)****2.911191||1,53011/09adaptation
Modern Vampyres (co-wrote)
1997:
Good Will Hunting (AW)***3.087060||29503/98 - 08/14multiple albums
Flubber**2.708302|27011/97 - 02/08
Men in Black (AW)***3.091,9743||15401/98 - 09/06
1996:
Mars Attacks!**3.136465|||37703/97 - 06/11all albums
Extreme Measures**3.071030||1,73903/10
The Frighteners*2.913436|57009/96 - 09/08
Freeway
Mission: Impossible**2.8252816||22409/96 - 01/06
1995:
Dead Presidents*
To Die For**3.17930||1,68303/10
Dolores Claiborne***3.341322||1,65603/10
1994:
Black Beauty****3.831,41014|||30412/00 - 12/13all albums
Shrunken Heads (co-wrote)
1993:
The Nightmare Before Christmas (AW)****4.0014,668266||||1409/96 - 05/11all albums
Sommersby*****4.031,50710||49209/96 - 09/08
1992:
Army of Darkness (co-wrote)
Batman Returns**3.105,33134||||7309/96 - 05/11all albums
Article 99
1991:
Pure Luck (co-wrote)
1990:
Edward Scissorhands (AW)*****4.3218,455185|||809/96 - 05/11all albums
Darkman**3.211643|64909/96 - 01/06
Dick Tracy (AW)***3.2351910||43507/98 - 08/08
Nightbreed***3.191650|80307/98 - 01/06
1989:
Batman (AW)*****4.3013,23893||||2608/97 - 06/11all albums
1988:
Scrooged***3.321081|||1,68112/11limited
Face Like a Frog**
Hot to Trot
Big Top Pee Wee
Beetlejuice****3.785,28213||||5703/99 - 05/11all albums
Midnight Run
1987:
Summer School
1986:
Wisdom
Back to School
1985:
Pee-wee's Big Adventure***3.711941|||1,53505/11multiple albums
1983-1984:
(none)
1982:
Forbidden Zone
(reviews listed with a "co-wrote" indicate that either the composer wrote the score with another person or that more than one composer worked separately to provide a score for the production)
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Awards: AW - or a golden year indicates that the music won or was nominated for a major award
Ratings: FR - Filmtracks Rating ("Varied" indicates a split rating with no overall designation)
VR - Viewer Rating (overall average)
VT - Vote Total (for viewer ratings)
Comments: Comment Total (the number of messages posted in the review's comment area)
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| - Short Review (under 800 words)
Traffic Rank: Popularity Rank (lower numbers indicate more cumulative reads; new reviews take time to climb the ranks)
Dates: 1st - indicates the month and year during which the review was first published
2nd - indicates the month and year of the review's most recent significant revision (if any)
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