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Peter Pan
(2003)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Conducted by:
Paul Salamunovich
Sally Stevens

Co-Produced by:
Jim Weidman
James T. Hill

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Conrad Pope
Brad Dechter
Jon Kull

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony

Vocals by:
The Hollywood Film Chorale
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(December 16th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you enjoy James Newton Howard's usual standard of strong, orchestral and choral music for children's films.

Avoid it... if you are hoping for a majestically soaring score that can convincingly compete with John Williams' Hook on a massive scale.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #125
WRITTEN 12/18/03, REVISED 3/17/09
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Peter Pan: (James Newton Howard) As surprising at it may have been in 2003, there had never been a full, live-action film adaptation of Peter Pan since the silent age of Hollywood. The beloved children's book by James M. Barrie, originally becoming famous as a stage production, had more recently inspired a 1953 animated Disney movie, a Broadway play, television spin-offs, and a 1991 Steven Spielberg sequel (of sorts). Pooling their resources and presenting a cast without any big name stars, Columbia and Universal were counting on the special effects magic and a return to the authenticity of original story to propel their film during a late 2003 season that was largely devoid of any other spectacular children's films. The story of Peter Pan is well known for its broad strokes of fantasy and adventure, offering any composer a magical opportunity to soar over the speakers of the big screen. Film score collectors cannot discuss the merits of musical ideas for the classic story without repeating due praise for John Williams' 1991 score for Hook, a masterpiece of orchestral magnificence that continued to impress long after the utter failure of the film itself. So total and influential is Williams' score that today, to offer an opinion about any modern Peter Pan score automatically demands a comparison between it and Williams' ever-popular work. As film music enthusiasts also know, James Newton Howard is no slouch, and if anyone could capture the same majestic spirit of the story, he would be a good candidate. Howard was hired for Peter Pan just after a series of very successful animated children's film scores he wrote as part of a three-picture contract with Disney, including Dinosaur, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Treasure Planet, for which he provided orchestral themes and soaring character that solidified his standing in the genre. Not to disappoint, Howard expanded the size of the Hollywood Studio Symphony to nearly its fullest capacity for Peter Pan, adding a large adult chorus and decently sized children's choir to the mix. The table was set for a Peter Pan score to rival John Williams', and yet, Howard seems to have gotten caught trying to fly without pixie dust.



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2,219 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.41 Stars
***** 521 5 Stars
**** 569 4 Stars
*** 598 3 Stars
** 367 2 Stars
* 164 1 Stars
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Way too harsh!
Andrew Blake - February 23, 2017, at 9:37 p.m.
1 comment  (55 views)
Stop Making comparisons
S.Venkatnarayanan - April 7, 2008, at 12:38 a.m.
1 comment  (2015 views)
Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - April 28, 2007, at 5:34 p.m.
1 comment  (2159 views)
On par with earlier fantasy film scores...
J. Alán Blankenship - November 2, 2006, at 7:37 a.m.
1 comment  (1705 views)
sheet music?
Emily - June 17, 2006, at 7:30 p.m.
1 comment  (2251 views)
When Wendy kisses Peter song   Expand >>
PP - October 9, 2005, at 7:43 p.m.
2 comments  (5099 views)
Newest: November 10, 2005, at 11:34 a.m. by
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:29
• 1. Main Title (2:08)
• 2. Flying (3:32)
• 3. Learning to Fly (3:10)
• 4. Tinkerbell (4:45)
• 5. Is That a Kiss? (1:41)
• 6. Peter's Shadow (1:23)
• 7. A Note from the Teacher (2:49)
• 8. Build a House Around Her (1:23)
• 9. Come Meet Father (2:33)
• 10. Fetch Long Tom (1:31)
• 11. Mermaids (1:42)
• 12. Fairy Dance (5:24)
• 13. Set Them Free (3:05)
• 14. I Do Believe in Fairies (2:44)
• 15. Poison (1:43)
• 16. Please Don't Die (1:52)
• 17. Flying Jolly Roger (1:15)
• 18. Peter Returns (1:41)

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The insert includes extensive credits in a colorful booklet, but no extra information about the score or film.
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