Who likes stop-motion?
I think the better question is who doesn’t, and I certainly consider myself a fan of the amazingly unique look of well produced stop-motion films. It has recently been my great pleasure to write the score for a stop-motion film called The Mad, The Meek, And The Misinformed — produced by my extremely talented colleagues from Kool Koala Productions.
The film is a somewhat old-fashioned mystery story following the exploits of a morbidly clumsy butler (named Butler Butler) who encounters some, um, workplace conflicts. The film is a short 5 minutes in length, but the amount of work that goes into producing that amount of footage when working with stop-motion animation is staggering. Literally days of shooting amount to just a few seconds at a time of useable footage, which must then be carefully edited into place.
On my end, I had a tremendous amount of fun working on the score. I was asked for a score that evoked the mood of vintage Danny Elfman and Bruno Coulais’ work on Coraline, and I did my best to accomplish that while remaining faithful to the spirit of the film and my own musical voice. The film is going to be venturing around the festival circuit, so you can’t watch it just yet (though you can see the teaser trailer!) but in the meantime you can have a look at part of the very first cue’s session file:
And now, without further ado, have a listen to the score!
Like what you hear? Feel free to download it and enjoy: