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Three-Time Grammy-Winning Composer Mark Mancina Makes Score Soar With Planes Soundtrack

July 31, 2013 Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Records No Comments
Walt Disney Pictures 'Planes' Soundtrack

Walt Disney Pictures ‘Planes’ Soundtrack

Award-winning composer Mark Mancina, who won a Grammy® for Best Soundtrack Album (with Phil Collins) for his work on Disney’s 1999 feature “Tarzan,” produced and composed the score for “Disney’s Planes.” Reflecting the diverse characters and global setting featured in the story, the Planes soundtrack takes offAugust 6th.

“All of the themes are based on the background and location of the characters,” says Mancina.

“Dusty is our middle-America character. Skipper is the old-school military hero. Ripslinger is too cool for school.”

Mancina created the themes utilizing a wide range of instrumentation—a full orchestra, rock band and mariachi band, plus samba, Indian music and heavy metal. The composer also employed a full men’s choir. “Of course, we have multinational music as well—British, Indian, Mexican—to name a few.”

Mancina says the climactic conclusion of the film features nine minutes of intense musical storytelling that proved challenging, but helped filmmakers showcase the emotional finale of Dusty’s lofty endeavor.

Mark Mancina’s film scores traverse almost every genre: drama, action, comedy, suspense, and period epic. His honors include three Grammys® (1999’s Best Soundtrack Album/Tarzan, 1998’s Best Musical Show Album/The Lion King, 1994’s Best Musical Album for Children/The Lion King Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), an American Music Award, Britain’s Ivor Novello Award and a Tony® nomination.  Recent career highlights include scores for “August Rush,” “Camille,” “Shooter,” plus co-scoring the CBS primetime drama “Criminal Minds” and co-composing the new Walt Disney Pictures logo.

“Disney’s Planes” also features original songs, including “Nothing Can Stop Me Now,” written and performed by Mark Holman; the song itself is used as a background vocal, and the reprise is used as the first end credit vocal. “You Don’t Stop-NYC” is written by Ali “Dee” Theodore and performed by Chris Classic and Alana D. “Fly” is written by Jon Stevens and John Fields and performed by Jon Stevens of The Dead Daisies.

Planes soundtrack track list:

  1. “Nothing Can Stop Me Now”
  2. “You Don’t Stop – NYC”
  3. “Fly”
  4. “Planes” Score
  5. “Crop Duster” Score
  6. “Last Contestant” Score
  7. “Hello Lincoln/Sixth Place” Score
  8. “Show Me What You Got” Score
  9. “Dusty Steps Into History” Score
  10. “Start Your Engines” Score
  11. “Leg 2/Bulldog Thanks Dusty” Score
  12. “Skipper Tries to Fly” Score
  13. “Dusty & Ishani” Score
  14. “The Tunnel” Score
  15. “Running on Fumes” Score
  16. “Get Above the Storm” Score
  17. “Dusty Has to Ditch” Score
  18. “Skipper’s Story” Score
  19. “You’re a Racer” Score
  20. “Leg 7” Score
  21. “Skipper to the Rescue” Score
  22. “Dusty Soars” Score
  23. “1st Place” Score
  24. “A True Victory” Score
  25. “Honorary Jolly Wrench” Score
  26. “Skipper’s Theme” (Volo Pro Veritas) Score
  27. “Love Machine”
  28. “Ein Crop Duster Can Race” (Bonus Song)
  29. “Armadillo” Score

“Disney’s Planes” is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. “Disney’s Planes” takes off in theaters on Aug. 9, 2013.

The Planes soundtrack is currently available for pre-order at both iTunes and Amazon.com and will be available nationwideAugust 6th. For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases, please visit Disney.com/music, become a fan atFacebook.com/disneymusic or follow us at Twitter.com/disneymusic.

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