Composer John Powell Scores, Arranges and Directs the Music to Happy Feet: In Theaters Novemburrr 17, 2006

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Award-winning film composer John Powell scores, arranges and acts as musical director and musical producer for Warner Brothers' latest animated musical "Happy Feet," directed by George Miller. Film stars Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman and opens "Novemburrr" 17. Soundtrack features all-star ensemble Pink, Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, and Patti LaBelle and drops October 31 on Atlantic Records.

Prolific film composer John Powell has spent a weighty four years scoring, arranging and acting as musical director and musical producer for Warner Brothers' upcoming animated musical "Happy Feet," directed by George Miller. The film, which stars Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, opens "Novemburrr" 17. The soundtrack is available through Atlantic Records on October 31. In addition to his work for the score, Powell also arranged songs for Pink, Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, and Patti LaBelle. Powell's talent for unusual instrumentation, combined with his mastery of diverse musical styles, made him perfect for "Happy Feet." This year alone, Powell has contributed to an array of divergent projects, including the grand and powerful orchestration for "X-Men: The Last Stand" and the ambient score for "United 93."

In under ten years, Powell has established himself as a leading composer with nearly fifty films to his credit. Powell has demonstrated his flair for melody, layers and sonic textures in virtually every genre from action, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" and "The Bourne Identity," to comedies, including "Shrek," "Robots" and "Ice Age: The Meltdown."

Happy Feet is set deep in Antarctica in the realm of the Emperor Penguins. When our hero, Mumble, is born without the ability to sing the romantic song he needs to attract his soul mate, he learns to express himself in a unique way: by tap-dancing his way into his loved one's heart.

Powell began his career composing music for commercials and television at London's Air-Edel Music in 1988. Later, he started his own jingle house with longtime collaborator, Gavin Greenaway and worked on many mixed media art installation works with artist Michael Petry as well as the opera An Englishman, an Irishman and a Frenchman. After moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film music, Powell immediately scored several projects for DreamWorks Television, but it was his stirring score for John Woo's blockbuster Face/Off that put him on Hollywood's short list.

John Powell is currently working on "Horton Hears a Who" for Fox/Bluesky Studios animation and will be continuing the "Bourne" series with "The Bourne Ultimatum" next year. Several of his film scores were highlighted at a special concert for the World Soundtrack Awards in Belgium recently.

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