Alice Through the Looking Glass SOUNDTRACK
Composer Danny Elfman is well regarded within the industry for his hauntingly lyrical narrative scores. “It is a challenge for me to tell the story through my music,” he says.
Elfman, whose credits include “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Alice in Wonderland” and 15 of Tim Burton’s other films, composed new music for the score, which feature many of his signature flourishes. He explains, “I didn’t want to incorporate, melodically, too much new stuff because I wanted to stay connected to the original music.”
He also took some of the secondary themes from the 2010 film and turned them into bigger melodies. This included two new themes for Alice to help convey her character’s growth and development in the story. “Alice’s childhood theme, which was featured two or three times in the original film, is much stronger now,” says Elfman. “It is stronger in the sense that it’s more evocative emotionally because she is trying to save her friend, the Hatter.”
The same was true for the Hatter’s theme. “The Hatter’s theme was in the first film but it was really kind of quirky,” Elfman says. “Now it is a much bigger theme that is bittersweet and emotional and even a little darker because of what’s going on between him and his father.”
The character of Time has his own theme as well, which was especially fun for Elfman to write. “I went off on this Russian kick,” he explains. “When I saw Time gallivanting around on screen I thought of Sergei Prokofiev. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, but that music was very much inspired by him.”
Also featured in the film is “Just Like Fire,” an original song performed by GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter P!nk (“So What,” “Raise Your Glass”). The song, which was co-written by P!nk, Max Martin, Shellback and Oscar Holter and produced by Martin and Shellback, is also included on the soundtrack from Walt Disney Records featuring Elfman’s score. P!nk shot a music video for the song directed by Dave Meyers and recorded a cover version of the iconic song “White Rabbit” for the film’s marketing campaign.
The recording artist agreed to partner with the studio following a screening of the film, where she was hooked from the opening scene. “The idea that a girl cannot captain a ship is a concept that I’ve been debunking my entire life, says P!nk, “And in this film we see that there is, in fact, a place for strong females in our world. I have a 4-1/2-year-old daughter, so that’s something that was very important to me.”
She continues, “I also appreciated all the references to ‘time’ and the notion that you can’t change history, but have to accept it and move past it anyway that you can. In my life I’m always thinking about the past and trying to alchemize it, so that really hit home too.”
FILM RELEASE DATE:
Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.
ABOUT “ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS”:
In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings his own unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.
Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out.
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Maria Kleinman – Walt Disney Records/Disney Music Group Publicity