David Newman - following his father's footsteps
It would be an enormous task for David Newman to follow exactly in his father's footsteps as Alfred Newman made such a huge impression on an evolving industry. That David has managed to produce the goods under this shadow is testament to his own skills, and the fact that his CV is not as long is perhaps solely due to the fact that he has only been scoring films since the early 1980s. David's brother Thomas is doing very well as a film composer, and in comparison David is sometimes under-appreciated. However he is capable of some great scores such as "Galaxy Quest" and "Ice Age". Many of David's most recent movie scores have tended to be comedies, family movies or animations (sometimes all three) with a number of requests for sequels: "102 Dalmations", "The Nutty Professor II", "The Flintstones II", "Dr. Dolittle II" and the "Scobby-Doo" sequel. However, it should be remembered that comedy is not necessarily an easy genre to score, and the frequent requirement for pastiche demonstrates his flexibility.
Perhaps his soundtracks for Joss Whedon's "Serenity" and the fantasy-thriller "The Spirit" are the start of a trend into other genres. The well-crafted soundtrack for "Serenity" remains true to the television series, and is available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Apart from some early excursions into TV music, the composer has largely stayed away from this medium. However his track record on the live-action big-screen "Scooby-Doo" movies has resulted in his scoring two recent movies for the small-screen: "Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins" and "Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster".
The composer's new website has been launched at www.DavidLouisNewman.com.
Films by David Newman:
- Frankenweenie (1984)- the Tim Burton short (included on some versions of The Nightmare Before Christmas DVD) with co-composer Michael Convertino, not the 2012 feature scored by Danny Elfman
- Wise Guys - orchestration
- Dragnet - orchestration and additional music
- Throw Momma from the Train - the music evokes Hitchcock thrillers just like the movie's visuals and storyline
- Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
- Little Monsters
- The War of the Roses
- Fire Birds
- The Freshman
- Duck Tales: The Movie
- Mr. Destiny
- Meet the Applegates
- The Runestone
- Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
- The Flintstones and The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
- Brokedown Palace
- Galaxy Quest - lots of Star Trek like music for this Star Trek spoof
- Jingle all the Way
- The Nutty Professor and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
- The Phantom
- Operation Dumbo Drop
- Dr. Dolittle 2
- The Affair of the Necklace
- 102 Dalmations
- Ice Age - the family CGI animation movie
- Scooby-Doo 1 and 2 ("Monsters Unleashed") - lots of spooky goings on in these live-action cartoons
- How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
- The Cat in the Hat - the original score, with songs by Marc Shaiman
- Serenity - some similarities to the style of the Firefly TV series, with western sounds and some multicultural influences
- Norbit - another Eddie Murphy vehicle
- Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins
- The Spirit
- My Life in Ruins
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
- Crazy on the Outside
- The Spy Next Door
- Animals United - David Newman provides the score and the songs are written by Naturally 7 and Xavier Naidoo
- Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
- Tarzan (2013) - animated version of the story
- Behaving Badly
- 5 Flights Up
- Army of One
Television Music by David Newman:
- Faerie Tale Theatre - the episode "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp"
- Amazing Stories - one episode from the series "Such Interesting Neighbors"
- Tales from the Crypt - again a single episode "The Thing from the Grave"
- The Flamingo Rising - TV movie
- Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster - two TV movie sequels to the big-screen films
David Newman - Recommendations:
Among the soundtrack albums available with David Newman's music are the following:
David Newman - Memorabilia:
Here are some CD covers signed by David Newman. Our thanks to Petr Kocanda for permission to use his collection of autographed CDs. Click on any thumbnail to see a full size version of the image in a separate window.