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Joel McNeely (born March 28, 1959) is an American composer, arranger, musician, lyricist, and record producer. A protégé of composer Jerry Goldsmith, he is best known for his film and television scores. He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series for his work on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. He frequently collaborates with Seth MacFarlane and contributes to various projects by The Walt Disney Company.
|Born||March 28, 1959|
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Genres||Film score, big band, classical, disco, funk, jazz, pop, R&B, soul, soft rock, swing|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, arranger, pianist, musician, songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Piano, organ, keyboard, backing vocals|
|Labels||Universal Republic, Republic|
|Associated acts||Seth MacFarlane|
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 master's 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 known for conducting a series of re-recordings of film scores by Bernard Herrmann, Franz Waxman, John Barry, and other composers under the label of Varèse Sarabande, including those Herrmann wrote for Vertigo, Psycho and Citizen Kane. 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 trailer to Toy Story, the theatrical trailer to Balto, and the VHS trailer to Mulan), Flipper, Gold Diggers, Samantha, Virus, and I Know Who Killed Me. He also scored a multitude of Disney animated films (Mulan II, Return to Never Land, 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).
|1987||You Talkin' to Me?||Charles Winkler||United Artists||N/A|
|1988||Splash, Too||Greg Antonacci||Walt Disney Television
|1989||Parent Trap III||Mollie Miller||Walt Disney Television
|Polly||Debbie Allen||Walt Disney Television
|Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon||Mollie Miller||Walt Disney Television
|2010||Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue||Bradley Raymond||Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
|2011||Pixie Hollow Games||Bradley Raymond||Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
|2012||Secret of the Wings||Bobs Gannaway
|Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
|2014||The Pirate Fairy||Peggy Holmes||Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
|A Million Ways to Die in the West||Seth MacFarlane||Fuzzy Door Productions
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|Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast||Steve Loter||Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
|1988||Blue Skies||Episode: "Something Wold, Something New"|
|1989||The Wonder Years||Episode: "Square Dance"|
|1990||Tiny Toon Adventures||3 episodes|
|1991||Darkwing Duck||Episode: "Beauty and the Beet"|
|1992||The Plucky Duck Show||2 episodes|
|1992-1993||The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles|
|2017–present||The Orville||with John Debney, Bruce Broughton (Pilot and theme only) and Andrew Cottee|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- Trakin, Roy (May 15, 2014). "Seth MacFarlane Set to Release Christmas Album". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
- "Joel McNeely to Score Disney's 'Legend of the NeverBeast'". Film Music Reporter. June 14, 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
- Montgomery, James. "Grammy Nominations: The Biggest Shocks And Snubs". MTV. Retrieved December 15, 2012.