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Nim's Island
(2008)
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Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Geoff Alexander
Dwight Mikkelsen

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
James Shearman

Produced by:
Maggie Rodford

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(April 8th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you'd like to pass fifty minutes with pleasant, carefree, and likeable children's adventure music that makes no demands on you whatsoever.

Avoid it... if you expect any single aspect of the score, from the themes to the action cues, to stand out and distinguish itself in memorable fashion.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,074
WRITTEN 4/13/08
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Nim's Island: (Patrick Doyle) An adventure film aimed at girls under twelve years old, Nim's Island is about a young girl and her father who live alone on a South Pacific island. The father is a marine biologist, known to the real world as Gerard Butler, and the girl is imaginative in her activities while enjoying a nice house with all the modern amenities. When the father goes missing, the girl relies on her e-mail exchanges with a female author in San Francisco for help. This author, known to the real world as Jodie Foster, is the creator of a fictional adventurer in the form of Indiana Jones that the girl's father sometimes becomes in her imagination. While the author does come to the island to help, the overcoming of her own agoraphobia is the subject of her development. The girl, meanwhile, fights off unwelcome intruders to the island in Home Alone fashion. The plot devices in Nim's Island are predictable, even down to the obligatory volcano and storm sequences, and reaction to the film has been somewhat muted. Co-directors Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin relied on veteran composer Patrick Doyle to provide a score that skirts a fantasy genre in which Doyle has been exploring himself over the previous few years. Fans of the composer have often wished him more mainstream adventure scores, and he has consistently delivered with music that varies from "functional, but interesting" to quite engaging in a bombastic sense. For Nim's Island, Doyle carries over some of his developing sensibilities from those more serious ventures, but given the airy innocence of the story, he strays closer to Carl Stalling unpredictability as necessary. Doyle described the process as a "fantastic journey," inspired by the vast scope of the little girl's imagination, some of which pulls elements from as early in Doyle's career as Shipwrecked. For collectors familiar with the genre, perhaps the most accurate comparisons in style will exist between the music of Nim's Island and the numerous similar James Horner projects of the early 1990's. Like those Horner scores, Doyle's Nim's Island offers individual highlights but lacks a distinct anchor for its thematic and character material. It's a thrill of the moment kind of score with a tender heart.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 53:07
• 1. Nim's Island (3:57)
• 2. Baby Turtles (2:44)
• 3. Galileo Helps Jack (4:11)
• 4. Volcano & Door (3:28)
• 5. Buccaneer Ship (2:46)
• 6. Become the Hero (5:43)
• 7. The Great Outdoors (1:48)
• 8. Airport, Whale (3:09)
• 9. Lizard Attack (3:45)
• 10. Volcano Erupts (5:10)
• 11. Helicopter Storm (1:42)
• 12. Woman Overboard (3:42)
• 13. Alex Nearly Drowns (2:43)
• 14. Alex Swims Away (3:17)
• 15. It's Empty (2:28)
• 16. Nim Sees Jack (2:22)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a list of performers and a note from Doyle about writing the score.
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