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Joel McNeely
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McNeely (on left) and Seth MacFarlane at the premiere of A Million Ways to Die in the West in May 15, 2014.
Born March 28, 1959 (age 58)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Genres Film score, big band, classical, disco, funk, jazz, R&B, soul, swing
Occupation(s) Composer, arranger, pianist, musician, songwriter
Instruments Piano, organ, keyboard, backing vocals
Years active 1986–present
Labels Universal Republic, Republic
Associated acts Seth MacFarlane

Joel McNeely (born March 28, 1959) is an American composer, arranger, musician, and songwriter. He is a composer of film and television music.

BiographyEdit

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 notable for conducting a series of re-recordings of Bernard Herrmann, Franz Waxman, John Barry and others' scores under the label of Varèse Sarabande, notably Vertigo, Psycho and Citizen Kane, and selected scores from the Twilight Zone television series, among others. 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 (2007). He also scored a multitude of Disney animated films (Mulan II, Peter Pan: Return to Neverland (2002) (with Jerry Goldsmith), Tinker Bell (with James Horner and James Horner) 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).

McNeely has produced both of Seth MacFarlane's studio albums, 2011's Music Is Better Than Words, and 2014's Holiday For Swing.

FilmographyEdit

1980sEdit

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
1987 You Talkin' to Me? Charles Winkler United Artists
1988 Splash, Too Greg Antonacci Walt Disney Television
ABC
TV movie
1989 Parent Trap III Mollie Miller Walt Disney Television
Disney Channel
Television film
Polly Debbie Allen Walt Disney Television
NBC
TV movie
Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon Mollie Miller Walt Disney Television
NBC
Television film

1990sEdit

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
1990 Hitler's Daughter James A. Contner Wilshire Court Productions
USA Network
TV movie
Polly: Comin' Home! Debbie Allen Walt Disney Television
NBC
TV movie
1991 Frankenstein: The College Years Tom Shadyac FOX TV movie
1992 Lady Against the Odds Bradford May MGM Television
NBC
TV movie
Samantha Stephen La Rocque Academy Entertainment
1994 Iron Will Charles Haid Walt Disney Pictures
Radioland Murders Mel Smith Lucasfilm
Universal Pictures
Squanto: A Warrior's Tale Xavier Koller
Christopher Stoia
Walt Disney Pictures
Terminal Velocity Deran Sarafian Nomura Babcock & Brown
Interscope Communications
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Hollywood Pictures
1995 Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain Kevin James Dobson Bregman/Baer Productions
Universal Pictures
1996 Flipper Alan Shapiro The Bubble Factory
Universal Pictures
1997 Vegas Vacation Stephen Kessler Jerry Weintraub Productions
Warner Bros. Pictures
Wild America William Dear Morgan Creek Productions
Warner Bros. Pictures
1998 Buffalo Soldiers Charles Haid Turner Pictures
TNT
TV movie
The Avengers Jeremiah S. Chechik Warner Bros. Pictures Replaced Michael Kamen.
Zack and Reba Nicole Bettauer Live Entertainment
Soldier Paul W. S. Anderson Morgan Creek Productions
Jerry Weintraub Productions
Warner Bros. Pictures
1999 Virus John Bruno Mutual Film Company
Valhalla Motion Pictures
Dark Horse Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Road Rage Deran Sarafian NBC Studios
NBC
TV movie

2000sEdit

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2000 Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Charles Haid CBS Productions
CBS
TV movie
Santa Who? William Dear ABC TV movie
2001 Lover's Prayer Reverge Anselmo Image Entertainment
2002 Return to Never Land Robin Budd
Donovan Cook
Davis Doi
Steven Spielberg
Universal Cartoon Studios
Amblin Entertainment
A. Film A/S
Universal Pictures (North America)
Warner Bros. Pictures (International)
Composed with Hans Zimmer
Original Songs by Bryan Adams
2003 Ghosts of the Abyss James Cameron Ascot Elite
Golden Village
Walden Media
Walt Disney Pictures (North America)
UGC Fox Distribution (International)
Holes Andrew Davis Phoenix Pictures
Walden Media
Walt Disney Pictures
Uptown Girls Boaz Yakin Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
2004 Stateside Reverge Anselmo Samuel Goldwyn Films
America's Heart and Soul Louis Schwartzberg Walt Disney Pictures
2005 Mulan II Darrell Rooney
Lynne Southerland
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
Pooh's Heffalump Movie Frank Nissen Walt Disney Pictures
DisneyToon Studios
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Michael LaBash
Tony Leondis
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
2006 The Fox and the Hound 2 Jim Kammerud Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
2007 Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Frank Nissen Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DisneyToon Studios
Direct-to-video film
I Know Who Killed Me Chris Sivertson 360 Pictures
TriStar Pictures
2008 Tinker Bell Bradley Raymond
Richard Donner
Warner Bros. Pictures (United States, United Kingdom and Ireland)
The Wein Stein Comoaby (International)
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Amblin Entertainment
The Donners' Company
Silver Pictures
Direct-to-video film
Additional music only
Score composed by James Horner

2010sEdit

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2011 Pixie Hollow Games Bradley Raymond
Richard Rich
Ralph Zondag
Warner Bros. Animation
Amblin Entertainment
Television special
Original themes from "Tinker Bell" written by James Horner
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Seth MacFarlane Fuzzy Door Productions
Media Rights Capital
Universal Pictures

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Nominated work Result
1993 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Won
1993 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Nominated
1998 ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films Air Force One Won
2003 Annie Award for Music in a Feature Production Return to Never Land (shared with Jerry Goldsmith) Nominated
2012 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Music Is Better Than Words Nominated
2012 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction Seth MacFarlane: Swingin' in Concert Nominated
2015 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Comedy Film A Million Ways to Die in the West Nominated

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