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Joel McNeely (born March 28, 1959) is an American composer, arranger, musician, and songwriter. He is a composer of film and television music. Biography: 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 masters 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, Peter Pan: Return to Neverland (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 Filmography: 1980s: Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes 1987 You Talkin' to Me? Charles Winkler United Artists N/A 1988 Splash, Too Greg Antonacci Walt Disney Television, ABC TV movie 1989 The Parent Trap III Mollie Miller Walt Disney Television, Disney Channel TV movie Polly Debbie Allen Walt Disney Television, NBC TV movie The Parent Trap IV: Hawaiian Honeymoon Mollie Miller Walt Disney Television, NBC TV movie 1990s: Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes 1990 Hitler's Daughter James A. Contner Wilshire Court Productions, USA Network TV movie Polly: Comin' Home! Debbie Allen Walt Disney Television, NBC TV movie 1991 Frankenstein: The College Years Tom Shadyac FOX TV movie 1992 Lady Against the Odds Bradford May MGM Television, NBC TV movie Samantha Stephen La Rocque Academy Entertainment N/A 1994 Iron Will Charles Haid Walt Disney Pictures N/A Radioland Murders Mel Smith Universal Pictures N/A Squanto: A Warrior's Tale Xavier Koller, Christopher Stoia Walt Disney Pictures N/A Terminal Velocity Deran Sarafian Hollywood Pictures N/A 1995 Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain Kevin James Dobson Universal Pictures N/A 1996 Flipper Alan Shapiro Universal Pictures N/A 1997 Vegas Vacation Stephen Kessler Warner Bros. Pictures N/A Wild America William Dear Warner Bros. Pictures N/A 1998 Buffalo Soldiers Charles Haid Turner Pictures, TNT TV movie The Avengers Jeremiah S. Chechik Warner Bros. Pictures N/A Zack and Reba Nicole Bettauer Live Entertainment N/A Soldier Paul W. S. Anderson Warner Bros. Pictures N/A 1999 Virus John Bruno Universal Pictures N/A Road Rage Deran Sarafian NBC Studios, NBC TV movie 2000s: Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes 2000 Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Charles Haid CBS Productions, CBS TV movie Santa Who? William Dear ABC TV movie 2001 Lover's Prayer Reverge Anselmo Image Entertainment N/A 2002 Return to Never Land Robin Budd Walt Disney Pictures, DisneyToon Studios N/A 2003 The Jungle Book 2 Steve Trenbirth Walt Disney Pictures, DisneyToon Studios N/A Ghosts of the Abyss James Cameron Walt Disney Pictures N/A Holes Andrew Davis Walt Disney Pictures N/A Uptown Girls Boaz Yakin Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A 2004 Stateside Reverge Anselmo Samuel Goldwyn Films N/A America's Heart and Soul Louis Schwartzberg Walt Disney Pictures N/A 2005 Mulan II Darrell Rooney, Lynne Southerland Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, DisneyToon Studios Direct-to-video film Pooh's Heffalump Movie Frank Nissen Walt Disney Pictures, DisneyToon Studios N/A Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch Michael LaBash, Tony Leondis Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, DisneyToon Studios Direct-to-video film 2006 The Fox and the Hound 2 Jim Kammerud Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, DisneyToon Studios Direct-to-video film 2007 Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Frank Nissen Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, DisneyToon Studios Direct-to-video film I Know Who Killed Me Chris Sivertson TriStar Pictures N/A 2008 Tinker Bell Bradley Raymond Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, DisneyToon Studios Direct-to-video film 2009 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Klay Hall Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, DisneyToon Studios Direct-to-video film 2010s: Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes 2010 Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Bradley Raymond Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, DisneyToon Studios Direct-to-video film 2011 Pixie Hollow Games Bradley Raymond Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, DisneyToon Studios Television special 2012 Secret of the Wings Bobs Gannaway, Peggy Holmes Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, DisneyToon Studios Direct-to-video film 2014 The Pirate Fairy Peggy Holmes Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, DisneyToon Studios Direct-to-video film A Million Ways to Die in the West Seth MacFarlane Universal Pictures N/A 2015 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Steve Loter Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, DisneyToon Studios Direct-to-video film Awards and nominations: Year Award Nominated work Result 1993 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Won 1993 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Nominated 1998 ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films Air Force One Won 2003 Annie Award for Music in a Feature Production Return to Never Land Nominated 2012 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Music Is Better Than Words Nominated 2012 Annie Award for Best Music in a Television Production Pixie Hollow Games Nominated 2012 International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for an Animated Film Secret of the Wings Won 2012 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction Seth MacFarlane: Swingin' in Concert Nominated 2013 Annie Award for Music in a Feature Production Secret of the Wings Nominated

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