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Joel McNeely

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

Biography Edit

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 trailers of Toy Story), Flipper, Gold Diggers, Samantha, Virus, and I Know Who Killed Me (2007). He also scored a multitude of Disney animated films (Mulan II, Return to Never Land (2002), Tinker Bell 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.

Music Score for Disney Sequels Edit

Movie Poster Year Studio
Return to Never Land
Return to Never Land iTunes cover
2002 DisneyToon StudiosWalt Disney Pictures
The Jungle Book 2
The Jungle Book 2 poster
2003 DisneyToon Studios

Walt Disney Pictures

Mulan II
Mulan II poster
2005 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

DisneyToon Studios

The Fox and the Hound 2
The Fox and the Hound 2 poster
2006 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

DisneyToon Studios

Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
Cinderella 3 A Twist in Time DVD
2007 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

DisneyToon Studios

Tinker Bell
Tinker Bell poster
2008 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

DisneyToon Studios

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure poster
2009 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

DisneyToon Studios

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue poster
2010 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

DisneyToon Studios

Pixie Hollow Games
Pixie Hollow Games poster
2011 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

DisneyToon Studios

Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings
Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings poster
2012 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

DisneyToon Studios

Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy
Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy poster
2014 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

DisneyToon Studios

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast poster
2015 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

DisneyToon Studios

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