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Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman


5/29/1953, Los Angeles, California

Birth Name

Daniel Robert Elfman


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As Danny Elfman (the son of an Air Force father) was growing up in the Los Angeles area, he was largely unaware of his talent for composing. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Danny and his older brother Richard started a musical troupe while in Paris; the…more


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  • Radiant, terrific, humble. Danny Elfman is a superb composer whose works far outstrip those of other, lesser composers and rival those of such greats as John Williams and Hans Zimmer. If enjoy great film scores (and TV music), don't miss Elfman's works.moreless

    Danny Elfman is an astounding composer who has been in the business since the late 70s. He has worked for major films, television shows and video games. His music spans everything from "The Nightmare Before Christmas" to the show "Desperate Housewives."

    I know Elfman best for four of his scores -- "Men in Black," Charlotte's Web," the music for the "Spiderman" films and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

    "Men in Black" is a film that's dear to me and the score does a lot to enhance it. It gets you from the beginning to end, drawing you into the intrigue of the film, as well as its more tender moments, and never lets go. I love the opening theme in particular.

    "Charlotte's Web" (the live-action version) is a probably underrated film once again featuring a great soundtrack. As you certainly know if you've seen it, or read the books, there was a series of words that was used to describe to describe the pig character - "Radiant," "Humble," "Terrific," "Some Pig." Imagine trying to convey the essence of these in two-three minute music pieces -- yet this was exactly what Elfman did with his score. He also did a great job with the "Main Theme," as well as the vocal piece "Ordinary Miracle."

    I don't normally watch "superhero" films, but I've made an exception for the "Spiderman" series. These films have a lot of action, and the soundtracks have a bit more rock than I would prefer, but Elfman did an excellent job on the whole.

    Finally, there's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." This film was a real head-trip, and Elfman's music was just the style for it. By far the best track was "Veruca Salt." Very psychedelic, fun to listen too --- "Aw aw, aw aw aw! Veruca Salt, the little brute / Has just gone down the garbage chute / And she will meet as she descends / A rather different set of friends!" And what's more is that these words are Roald Dahl's work, yet Elfman managed to set just the right music to them.

    Generally, if it's music, and it's Elfman, it's worth your time. Anything his work is featured in is generally enhanced by his musical genius.moreless
  • The best at what he does.

    No words are good enough to express how great Danny Elfman really is. I am a huge fan of Danny's, and what I like about him is that he always seems to get a part of his soul in to what he does. Danny is really talanted and original. And even though he does diffirent things you can still hear Danny in his music. Danny is more that just a composer, he is a musical genius.

    I love the work he does with director Tim Burton. They are a great team. What Tim and Danny creates is just magical.moreless