I’ve made it pretty clear in some of my earlier articles that I am a huge fan of movie soundtracks. In fact, as I write this article I’m listening to the soundtrack for The Shawshank Redemption with original music by Thomas Newman. There is just something about a great classical soundtrack that really helps drive a film and makes me want to own it and listen to it over and over. It sounds ridiculous but the score to Ice Station Zebra remains one of my favorites.
Just because I favor a more classical leaning score doesn’t mean I altogether dislike the pop or modern soundtrack. A couple of male superstars in the punk/pop world, Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy and Mark Hoppus from Blink 182, are going to combine their musical prowess to bring a new song to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland film. Says Wentz:
"We did a song for Alice in Wonderland. [We] might do a few more depending on when [Mark] goes in with Blink. [It] sounds nothing like Blink or Fall Out Boy. Mark understands songwriting on a completely different level. It's awesome to have a chance to sit in a room with him and watch him work out a melody."
I do own albums from both bands and enjoy multiple songs from each, so I’m looking forward to seeing what these guys can do together. Who knows, maybe this will be the start of a decent cinematic music career for the pair. I mean, if Trent Reznor and RZA can both move from their respective genres and do some soundtracks, then why not these guys?
Long time Burton collaborator and movie soundtrack big shot Danny Elfman is writing the original score for Alice in Wonderland so at the very least the score should be dark, whimsical, and slightly goofy with plenty of creepiness thrown in for good measure.
Also, a new official image of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter has been released by Disney and it’s really nothing more than a hi-res still from the trailer but, good gravy, does he look weird. Although this isn’t the first time Depp has transformed for a role, it reminds me of how he looked for Edward Scissorhands but with more pink eyeliner. Depp, love him or hate him, has a way of “owning” every character he portrays which such devotion and originality that you can’t help but think of him when you think of the movie.
Most people know that Depp based Captain Jack Sparrow off of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards but where did he get is idea for playing the Hatter? Says Depp:
"[The Mad Hatter] was poisoned -- very, very poisoned. And I think it just took affect in all his nerves. It was coming out through his hair and through his fingernails, through his eyes.”
According to Simon Dang from The Playlist “The poison Depp refers to is that of the mercury kind which was used in the manufacture of felt, often leading to the actual poisoning of hatters in the 18th and 19th centuries.” Look at that! I learn something new every day. Who says the internet is only for gaming and porn?
What do you think about a new song from Pete Wentz and Mark Hoppus for the Alice in Wonderland soundtrack and how did you like the “new” image?
Alice in Wonderland falls through the looking glass March 5th, 2010.