John Debney

John Debney
Debney at ComicCon 2013
Background information
Birth name John Cardon Debney
Born (1956-08-18) August 18, 1956
Glendale, California, U.S.
Genres Film scores, soundtracks
Occupation(s) Composer, conductor
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1984–present
Website www.johndebney.com

John Cardon Debney (born August 18, 1956) is an American film composer and conductor. He received an Academy Award nomination for his score for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (2004). He also composed the score for Cutthroat Island (1995), which has been celebrated by music critics as a notable example of swashbuckling film music.[1][2][3][4]

Life and career

The son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney (Zorro, The Mickey Mouse Club), John was born and raised in Glendale, California, nearby to Disney. He began guitar lessons at age six and played in rock bands in college. Debney earned his B.A. degree in Music Composition from the California Institute of Arts in 1979. Two weeks after graduating from CalArts, he got a job at copying department at Disney. One day, Buddy Baker saw him and had him arrange music that would later be used for different pavilions and rides at EPCOT Center (at Walt Disney World in Florida).[5] After three years at Disney, he freelanced for television composer Mike Post. Debney furthered his hands-on training by working with Hanna-Barbera composer Hoyt Curtin. After this, Debney went on to score television projects as diverse as Disneyland, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, SeaQuest DSV, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, The Cape, The Lazarus Man, Piggsburg Pigs!, The Further Adventures of SuperTed, Doctor Who, Cagney and Lacey, Tiny Toon Adventures, The Young Riders, The New Yogi Bear Show, Police Academy: The Animated Series, Fame, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, Dragon's Lair, Freshman Dorm, Pop Quiz and Dink, the Little Dinosaur, for which he won an Emmy for Best Main Title. In the early 1990s, Debney began to score indie films and Disneyland attractions. In 1991, Debney composed the music for Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris and SpectroMagic at Magic Kingdom. In 1993, he scored his first studio feature, the Disney comedy Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler.

Debney has since gone on to have a career composing scores for many films including: The Passion of the Christ, Bruce Almighty, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Elf, Sin City, Chicken Little, Liar Liar, Spy Kids, The Scorpion King, The Princess Diaries[6] and Predators.[7]

Debney has also composed scores for the video games Lair and The Sims Medieval. In 2010, he composed the theme music for the Nickelodeon television series Supah Ninjas.

He composed of Disney Parks's Nighttime Spectaculars, including: World Of Color Celebrate! in Disney's California Adventure, The Magic, The Memories And You! and Celebrate The Magic in Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom and Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland in Tokyo Disneyland.

Filmography

Film

1980s

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
1959The Wild PairBeau BridgesTrans World EntertainmentN/A
1988The Further Adventures of Tennessee BuckDavid KeithSarlui/Diamant Productions
Sri Lanka Location Services Ltd.
N/A
Seven Hours to JudgmentBeau BridgesDiamant Production
Trans World Entertainment
N/A
Not Since CasanovaBrett ThompsonThe Brett Thompson Company
West Productions
N/A
1989Trenchcoat in ParadiseMartha CoolidgeFinnegan/Pinchuk Productions
MGM Television
N/A

1990s

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
1990Jetsons: The MovieWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Hanna-Barbera Productions
Universal Pictures
N/A
The Face of FearFarhad MannColumbia Broadcast System
Warner Bros. Television
Television film
1991Into the BadlandsSam PillsburyMCA Television
The Ogiens/Kane Company
Television film
1992Still Not Quite HumanEric LukeWalt Disney ProductionsTelevision film
1993I Yabba-Dabba Do!William HannaHanna-Barbera ProductionsTelevision film
Jonny's Golden QuestDon Lusk
Paul Sommer
Hanna-Barbera ProductionsTelevision film
Class of '61Gregory HoblitAmblin Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Television film
Hocus PocusKenny OrtegaWalt Disney PicturesN/A
The Halloween TreeMario PilusoHanna-Barbera ProductionsTelevision film
The Town Santa Forgot Robert AlvarezHanna-Barbera ProductionsTelevision film
Hollyrock-a-Bye BabyWilliam HannaHanna-Barbera ProductionsTelevision film
1994GunmenDeran SarafianDavis Entertainment
Dimension Films
N/A
White Fang 2: Myth of the White WolfKen OlinWalt Disney PicturesAlso composed a theme for the Walt Disney logo.
Little GiantsDuwayne DunhamAmblin Entertainment
Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
N/A
1995ChameleonMichael PavoneRysher EntertainmentDirect-to-video
HouseguestRandall MillerCaravan Pictures
Hollywood Pictures
N/A
In Pursuit of HonorKen OlinHBO FilmsTelevision film
Runaway BrainChris BaileyWalt Disney PicturesShort film
Cutthroat IslandRenny HarlinCarolco Pictures
Tele-Communications, Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (US)
StudioCanal (International)
Score performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Sudden DeathPeter HyamsUniversal PicturesN/A
1996Getting Away with MurderHarvey MillerSavoy PicturesN/A
Doctor Who Geoffrey SaxUniversal Studios
BBC Films
BBC Worldwide
20th Century Fox
Fox
Television film
CarpoolArthur MillerRegency Enterprises
Warner Bros.
N/A
1997The Relic Peter HyamsMutual Film Company
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Paramount Pictures (US)
Universal Pictures (International)
This score was entierely MIDI-generated.
Liar LiarTom ShadyacImagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Theme composed by James Newton Howard
I Know What You Did Last SummerJim GillespieMandalay Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
N/A
1998PaulieJohn RobertsAmblin Entertainment
Allied Filmmakers
Mutual Film Company
DreamWorks Pictures
N/A
I'll Be Home for ChristmasArlene SanfordMandeville Films
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
1999My Favorite MartianDonald PetrieWalt Disney PicturesN/A
Lost & FoundJeff PollackAlcon Entertainment
Warner Bros.
N/A
Inspector GadgetDavid KelloggCaravan Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
DickAndrew FlemingPhoenix Pictures
Columbia Pictures
N/A
KomodoMichael LantieriScanbox EntertainmentN/A
The Adventures of Elmo in GrouchlandGary HalvorsonThe Jim Henson Company
Sesame Workshop
Columbia Pictures
N/A
End of DaysPeter HyamsBeacon Pictures
Universal Pictures (US)
Buena Vista International (International)
N/A

2000s

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2000Relative ValuesEric StylesAlliance Atlantis Communications
Starz Encore Entertainment
N/A
Michael Jordan to the MaxJames D. Stern
Don Kempf
Giant Screen FilmsIMAX documentary
The ReplacementsHoward DeutchDylan Sellers Productions
Bel-Air Entertainment
Warner Bros.
N/A
Running MatesRon LagomarsinoTurner EntertainmentTelevision film
The Emperor's New GrooveMark DindalWalt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
G-SaviourGraeme CampbellBandai VisualTheme music only
2001See Spot RunJohn WhitesellVillage Roadshow Pictures
Warner Bros.
N/A
HeartbreakersDavid MirkinDavis Entertainment
Winchester Films
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Theme by Danny Elfman
Spy KidsRobert RodriguezTroublemaker Studios
Dimension Films
with Danny Elfman, Gavin Greenaway, Heitor Pereira, Robert Rodriguez, Los Lobos, and Harry Gregson-Williams
Cats & DogsLawrence GutermanZide/Perry Productions
Rhythm and Hues Studios
Village Roadshow Pictures
Warner Bros.
N/A
The Princess DiariesGarry MarshallBrownHouse Productions
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
Jimmy Neutron: Boy GeniusJohn A. DavisNickelodeon Movies
O Entertainment
DNA Productions
Paramount Pictures
N/A
2002Snow DogsBrian LevantKerner Entertainment
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
DragonflyTom ShadyacShady Acres Entertainment
Spyglass Entertainment
Universal Pictures (US)
Buena Vista International (International)
N/A
The Scorpion KingChuck RussellAlphaville Films
WWE Studios
Universal Pictures
N/A
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost DreamsRobert RodriguezTroublemaker Studios
Dimension Films
with Robert Rodriguez
SwimfanJohn Polson20th Century FoxThemes only
The TuxedoKevin DonovanBlue Train Productions
Vanguard Films
DreamWorks Pictures
with Christophe Beck
The Hot ChickTom BradyHappy Madison Productions
Touchstone Pictures
N/A
2003MostBobby GarabedianPrague Indies Productions
Eastwind Films
Short film
Malibu's Most WantedJohn WhitesellWarner Bros. PicturesThemes only
Bruce AlmightyTom ShadyacShady Acres Entertainment
Spyglass Entertainment
Universal Pictures (US)
Touchstone Pictures (International)
N/A
ElfJon FavreauNew Line CinemaN/A
Looney Tunes: Back in ActionJoe DanteWarner Bros. PicturesAdditional music only
2004Welcome to MooseportDonald Petrie20th Century FoxN/A
The Passion of the ChristMel GibsonIcon Productions
Newmarket Films
20th Century Fox (video release)
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score at the 78th Academy Awards.
The Whole Ten YardsHoward DeutchFranchise Pictures
Cheyenne Enterprises
Warner Bros.
N/A
Raising HelenGarry MarshallBeacon Pictures
Hyde Park Entertainment
Mandeville Films
Touchstone Pictures
N/A
Spider-Man 2Sam RaimiMarvel Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
Additional music only.
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal EngagementGarry MarshallWalt Disney PicturesN/A
Christmas with the KranksJoe RothRevolution Studios
1492 Pictures
Columbia Pictures
N/A
2005The PacifierAdam ShankmanOffspring Entertainment
Spyglass Entertainment
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
Sin CityRobert RodriguezTroublemaker Studios
Dimension Films
Miramax Films
with Robert Rodriguez and Graeme Revell
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-DRobert RodriguezTroublemaker Studios
Dimension Films (Original US theatrical distributor)
Miramax Films (Current US theatrical distributor)
Columbia Pictures (International)
with Robert Rodriguez and Graeme Revell
Deuce Bigalow: European GigoloMike BigalowHappy Madison Productions
Columbia Pictures
Theme music only
DumaCarroll BallardC.O.R.E.
Warner Bros. Pictures
with George Acogny
DreamerJohn GatinsTollin/Robbins Productions
Hyde Park Entertainment
DreamWorks Pictures
N/A
The SeedJoe HahnWarner Bros. Pictureswith Unkle and Mike Shinoda. Short film.
VenomJim GillespieDimension FilmsThemes only
Chicken LittleMark DindalWalt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
N/A
Zathura: A Space AdventureJon FavreauRadar Pictures
Columbia Pictures
N/A
Cheaper by the Dozen 2Adam Shankman21 Laps Entertainment
20th Century Fox
N/A
2006Keeping Up with the SteinsScott MarshallMiramax FilmsN/A
The Ant BullyJohn A. DavisLegendary Pictures
Playtone
DNA Productions
Warner Bros.
N/A
BarnyardSteve OedekerkNickelodeon Movies
O Entertainment
Paramount Pictures
N/A
IdlewildBryan BarberAtlas Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
Everyone's HeroColin Brady
Dan St. Pierre
Christopher Reeve
IDT Entertainment
Arc Productions
20th Century Fox
N/A
2007Spider-Man 3Sam RaimiMarvel Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
Additional music only.
Georgia RuleGarry MarshallMorgan Creek Productions
Mandalay Entertainment
Universal Pictures
N/A
Evan AlmightyTom ShadyacUniversal Pictures
Spyglass Entertainment
Relativity Media
Shady Acres Entertainment
N/A
Big StanRob SchneiderSony Pictures Home EntertainmentThemes only
2008Meet DaveBrian Robbins20th Century Fox
Regency Enterprises
N/A
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon EmperorRob CohenUniversal PicturesAdditional music only
Swing Vote Joshua Michael SternTouchstone Pictures
Treehouse Films
N/A
The Stoning of Soraya M.Cyrus NowrastehRoadside AttractionsN/A
My Best Friend's GirlHoward DeutchLionsgateN/A
2009Hotel for Dogs Thor FreudenthalParamount Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
N/A
Hannah Montana: The MoviePeter ChelsomWalt Disney PicturesN/A
Aliens in the AtticJohn Schultz20th Century Fox
Regency Enterprises
N/A
Old DogsWalt BeckerWalt Disney PicturesN/A

2010s

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2010Valentine's DayGarry MarshallWarner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
N/A
SnowmenRobert KirbysonArc Entertainment
Heritage Films
N/A
Iron Man 2Jon FavreauParamount Pictures
Marvel Studios
N/A
PredatorsNimród Antal20th Century FoxAdapted Alan Silvestri's scores
Yogi BearEric BrevigWarner Bros. PicturesN/A
2011No Strings AttachedIvan ReitmanParamount PicturesN/A
The Change-UpDavid DobkinUniversal PicturesWith Theodore Shapiro
Dream HouseJim SheridanUniversal PicturesN/A
The DoubleMichael BrandtImage EntertainmentN/A
New Year's EveGarry MarshallWarner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
N/A
2012A Thousand WordsBrian RobbinsParamount Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
N/A
The Three StoogesFarrelly brothers20th Century FoxN/A
Alex CrossRob CohenSummit EntertainmentN/A
2013The CallBrad AndersonTriStar PicturesN/A
JobsJoshua Michael SternOpen Road FilmsN/A
2014Draft Day[8]Ivan ReitmanLionsgateN/A
Walk of ShameSteven BrillFilmDistrictN/A
The Road WithinGren WellsWell Go USA EntertainmentTheme music only
The CobblerTom McCarthyVoltage PicturesN/A
Stonehearst AsylumBrad AndersonMillennium FilmsN/A
2015The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water[8]Paul TibbittParamount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Paramount Animation
United Plankton Pictures
N/A
Careful What You Wish ForElizabeth Allen RosenbaumBig Air StudiosTheme music only
Broken HorsesVidhu Vinod ChopraReliance Entertainment
Fox Star Studios
N/A
2016The Young MessiahCyrus NowrastehFocus FeaturesN/A
The Jungle BookJon FavreauWalt Disney PicturesN/A
Mother's DayGarry MarshallOpen Road FilmsN/A
Ice Age: Collision CourseMike Thurmeier20th Century Fox
Blue Sky Studios
N/A
League of GodsKoan Hui
Vernie Yeung
China Star Entertainment Group
Huayi Brothers
2017Home AgainHallie Meyers-ShyerOpen Road Films
Black Bicycle Entertainment
The Greatest ShowmanMichael Gracey20th Century Foxwith Joseph Trapanese
2018BeirutBrad AndersonRadar Pictures
Madden NFL 19Mike YoungElectronic Artsvideo game[9]

Television series

Years Title Notes
1984Dragon's Lair
1984-1985The Disney Family Album
1985Welcome to Pooh Corner: Too Smart for Strangers Music arranged by
1985-1987Fame
1988-1991A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
1988Police Academy
1989The Further Adventures of SuperTed
1989-1990Dink, the Little Dinosaur
1989-1992The Young Riders
1990Tiny Toon Adventures 2 episodes
1993Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 2 episodes
1993-1994SeaQuest DSV Main theme and 22 episodes
1994Star Trek: The Next Generation 1 episode
1996The Cape Main theme and pilot episode, with Louis Febre
2012Hatfields & McCoys with Tony Morales
2013Bonnie & Clyde
2015American Odyssey
Texas Rising with Bruce Broughton
2016Game of Silence
2017-presentSanta Clarita Diet
The Orville with Bruce Broughton (Pilot and theme only), Joel McNeely and Andrew Cottee
Young Sheldon

Awards

Year Award Result
2015 Emmy Award – Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music: Texas Rising (with Bruce Broughton) (2015) Nominated
2012 Emmy Award – Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special (Original Dramatic Score): Hatfields & McCoys: Part 1 (with Tony Morales) (2012) Nominated
2005 Academy Award – Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score: The Passion of the Christ (2004) Nominated
1997 Emmy Award – Outstanding Main Title Theme Music: The Cape (1996) Nominated
1997 Emmy Award – Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore): The Cape: Pilot (with Louis Febre) (1996) Won
1994 Emmy Award – Outstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: SeaQuest DSV (1993) Won
1991 Emmy Award – Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore): The Young Riders: Kansas (1989) Won
1990 Emmy Award – Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music: The Young Riders (1989) Nominated

References

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  2. "Cutthroat Island (John Debney) soundtrack review". ScoreReviews.com. 2009-02-28. Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  3. Other reviews by Mike Brennan (2005-05-12). "Soundtrack: CutThroat Island (2005)". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  4. "Movie Music UK - Cutthroat Island – John Debney". MovieMusicUK.us. 2010-01-13. Archived from the original on 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  5. Burlingame, Jon (2009-11-10). "Go-to composer grew up in Disney family - Entertainment News, Billion-Dollar Composer: John Debney, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  6. "John Debney to Score 'Predators' Prequel". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  7. "A Peek Behind the Scenes of a Predators Scoring Session". Dreadcentral.com. 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  8. 1 2 "John Debney to Score Ivan Reitman's 'Draft Day' | Film Music Reporter". 25 November 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  9. "Lock In with the Madden NFL 18 Soundtrack". EA Sports. July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
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