I just wanted to let ya'll know that "The Music inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia" is very Good. I highly recommend it to all. Even though it's not "Disney" music it was produced by them. You can listen to excerpts on itunes. Enjoy.
I'll let my husband know. Honestly not sure if he would want the soundtrack (he might...he might not...I thought he would want the Princess Mononoke soundtrack because he LOVED the movie...even dragged me to the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo...and he didn't want the soundtrack), but he might be interested in knows about it, who knows.
He is SOOOOO looking forward to this movie/series of movies. He's seen the trailers several times and keeps saying, "It's gonna be good." I hope he's right.
Sharon: "Hey honey, did you know that 'The Music inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia' came out?"
Mr. Sharon: "I know. I saw it on ITunes the other day. But it's fantasy-world music. Probably not interested."
I am so looking forward to this movie. I never read the books as a kid and recently sat down and read all the series. I am pretty sure I will like the music just from the clips I have seen on the trailers.
The music is Contemporary Christian by some of today's top musicians. Like Steven Curtis Chapman, Jars of Clay, Chris Tomlin, tobyMac and others. Disney is also supposed to release a Secular artists "Inspired by" album along with of course the Movie Soundtrack composed by Harry Gregson Williams who has also done Shrek, Shrek 2.
"The music is Contemporary Christian by some of today's top musicians. Like Steven Curtis Chapman, Jars of Clay, Chris Tomlin, tobyMac and others. Disney is also supposed to release a Secular artists "Inspired by" album along with of course the Movie Soundtrack composed by Harry Gregson Williams who has also done Shrek, Shrek 2. "
That would explain why I saw a Narnia Movie poster in the hallway of my church last week. Disney is sending out preview material to garner support.
"Disney is one of the best if not the best marketer in the world"
Remember when people used to say "Disney makes great movies"? My how times have changed. At least Disney is a good marketer though...they may churn out a lot of garbage but they sure know how to sell it to people.
Sorry, feeling a bit snarky today. My thoughts on Narnia based on the trailers, is that it could be a really great film, and I just hope Disney hasn't screwed it up. That tends to be my opinion nowadays. Disney hasn't done any fantastic films in a long time- not that I haven't enjoyed any recent Disney films, but I haven't seen any taht I thought were superb. Their biggest hit, in recent years was Pirates which I think was successful despite DIsney's involvement. From what I hear, Disney execs tried to implement several changes along the way, including cleaning up Jack Sparrow, and it's only because the Director and Johnny Depp put their foots down that the film was made the way it was. Disney put minimal money towards merchandising the film- proving that they were uncertain how the public was going to embrace this film. Mind you when it took off they were only too willing to claim credit for it's success. And they did the exact opposite with their stinker "Haunted Mansion Movie", merching and promoting the heck out of it. It proves to me that they have no ability to recognize a good story when they see it. Which doesn't bode well for the 2 Pirates sequels. They didn't have any idea what they had in the first film, but they are falling over themselves to cash in twice more. Let's hope that they've let the people who know how to make the films (the Directors not the execs) make these films, Pirates and Narnia both.
My rant for the day.
POTC 2 and 3 should do well because they're keeping the same director and performers. In fact, they're filming for both movies at the same time. There is still a HUGE interest in Johnny Depp and Cap't Jack Sparrow...mostly full-grown women in their 20s through 50s (which surprised me...I figured teenage girls for JD and teenage girls and boys for CJS).
If you don't mind the shameless plug, I'm a message board administrator on http://www.KeepToTheCode.com, which is the official (yup, official) fan board for Disney's POTC movies....sanctioned by Disney and everything.
"Disney is one of the best if not the best marketer in the world"
Oh my ... is it really true?? I know that in the past Disney was said to be the best marketer in the world - the synergy effect they had between their divisions (e.g. movies and theme parks) was great and never copied sucessfully. If you take a look at the numerous movies Disney has released in the past, even in the 50s and 60s there is a lot of great stuff, but also some stuff not that great. So maybe that even proofs that Disney was the best marketer.
But the fact that nowadays you actualy recognize that they are the best marketer - well, it actually means you are really interested in marketing movies, really closely following TWDC or maybe Disney is not that much of a marketer anymore, as you actualy recognize when they market a movie.
Looking at the recent years I would not say that the marketing devision responsible for movies has done such a great stuff. Sucess stories like PotC, as said already, were sucess stories besides there reluctant attitude. The same happened also in their declared core market groups like teenagers with say Princess Diaries -noone had expected such a sucess. On the other hand movies that they did market strongly as e.g. Treasure Planet or Atlantis bombed. Especially in the latter cases this at least partially might have been due to the fact that marketing did not find a way to market an animated feature to a non classic Disney target group and more or less decided to ignore the natural market of both movies.
In fact other marketing departments have done outstanding jobs in the last years. Especially the one of Miramax (even so the responsible marketing department in that case technically spoken might be a subdepartment of TWDC). They managed to hype "small" movies into giant hits or better performers than expected without the audience actually recognizing the marketing that much.
But even IF one would say Disney is the best marketer I strongly doubt the "of the world" part. While Disney still has pulled some big stunts in the US and the UK, other European markets haven't seen anything that sucessful or spectacular for long. In Germany marketing is pretty much reduced to advertising and press releases for movies. Marketing even allowed it, that at Germany's most popular prime time TV show (called "Wetten Dass..?" (bet on)) when a special edition 90 minute edition was broadcasted from INSIDE the Walt Disney Studios Park in DLRP not a Disney movie was hyped, but instead "Spirit" from Dreamworks, complete with short clips, live performance by Brian Adams and some interviews with Brian Adams and Hans Zimmer ... not really outstanding Disney marketing.
In Germany (as in most other European markets besides the UK) children do watch Disney stuff now and then or read the Mickey Mouse comic magazines (still extremly popular!) but they do not grow up with Disney in a way as in the US or the UK, that Disney stands for a "value". Which means marketing has a much harder job to convinve them to go for something Disney later on - unfortunately therefore many marketing strategies need to be adapted, something they barely manage and therefore often just decide not to do at all.
6 long-winded paragraphs to dispute against someone who said "Disney is one of the best if not the best marketer in the world?" Puh-leez.
Dirk, Dirk, Dirk...once again, maybe you don't want to focus so much on the EXACT WORDING, but what is IMPLIED. It doesn't take someone with a marketing degree to know that Disney has a history of an EXCELLENT marketing department that is much, MUCH better than most companies in the US, Europe, Asia, and pick-your-world-region. Period. And if anyone has the resources to pull off Narnia so it's successful, it's Disney.
Now, is that a guarantee that it will be successful? Of course not...when you use ridiculous examples like Atlantis or Treasure Planet, which were not good movies to begin with, of course the crowds will stay away, whether they're in Harrisburg, Hamburg or Hokkaido. No one says that Disney can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, which is what they've been trying to do for the past 10 years and it shows. But IF they've realized their mistakes and spent the money so that Narnia is done well, Disney IS the company that would be able to market it, worldwide, to the hilt, the same as they did for Beauty & The Beast, Lion King, etc.
You know, my memory isn't always the best...were you ALWAYS this picky about small crap, or is this something new with you? Can someone PM me and let me know? Because this is getting awfully tiresome.
it seems the only thing that is getting annoying is you shooting down everyone not agreeing with you. I just added a clearly as "OT" marked posting about the marketing abilities of Disney stating my opinion.
If you want to play moderator, why don't you do it on the PotC board where you are a moderator?
By the way: I personally enjoyed Treasure Planet and prefer it to many of the recent Disney movies hands down. You and many others didn't like it? Fine for me. I still think that there are a lot of potential viewers for a movie like that. The same with Atlantis. Both movies have flaws, yes. But this does not mean that they could not have reached a bigger audience with more marketing. Marketing for Treasure planet in Germany was limited to toys in the kiddie meals of McDonalds - not really the core audience for that movie, or?
I'm sorry ya'll. I didn't think my topic of Chronicles would get so heated. There have just been a lot of recent things that has led me to believe that Disney is a good marketer. My parents recently got invited to a special preview of "Disney's the Lion King" the broadway show. There they saw a few acts from the show and had a big reception. Every person in attendance recieved a bag with a stuffed animal, a video of excerpts from the show, a offical broadway program and the original broadway cast recording. (Totaling somwhere around $50-$60)
All of this was just to bring in the show to a town in Oklahoma. I was very impressed with Disney and how they still, even though everyone knows about "The Lion King" and even though it has grossed 1 billion dollars world wide, felt the need to market it and market it BIG!!
Sorry again for my comment "Disney is one of the best if not the best marketer in the world." I was just stating something that I recently was seeing more and more.
Don't you worry at all...there was nothing wrong with your thread and until it was soured, I thought it was an excellent, informative discussion.
Since you're new here, I just hope you (or anybody else) thinks that's how ALL "innocent" threads go...because they definitely don't! There's just been an unfortunate number of "sourings" in recent days but that's definitely the exception, not the rule.
Getting back to the original subject though, since it sounds like you've already listened to the Chronicles of Narnia CD..."makeminmusic" had said that the songs are performed by contemporary Christian singers. Are the songs typical contemporary Christian songs (of which, I have to admit, I'm not a fan...I'm not a Christian), or songs that reflect the movie that just happen to be performed by contemporary Christian singers?
Sharon thanks for lettin me know that. The music is by christian artists but not flat out christian. To give you a feel for it some of the titles are "Waiting for the world to fall", "Remembering You", Hero", "Lion", "New World", "Turkish Delight", "More than it seems" They are all inspired by the book and the stories from it. I really enjoyed them. They are mostly about Narnia but I guess you could see a double meaning in some of the songs.
I highly recommend it. Turkish Delight is one of my favorites. It has kind of a disco feel to it. Pretty good stuff. Thanks again for the post.
Thanks Ky. No offense to anyone who does like contemporary Christian music, but as long as it doesn't have "Jesus rocks, I love Him, I put my faith in the Lord," flavors, there's more of a chance of my liking it .
My post was not meant to stifle anyone either or attack Ky's post. I probably should have just started an OT thread of my own, but the idea was spawned by Ky's statement.
Reading Dirk's post, I didn't see anything wrong with it either, though in the online world, sometimes the implication of typed words are more open to interpretation than we would like. Anyway Like Sharon said, don't think that all innocent threads go way off topic. A belated welcome to the boards MenkenMcKeeFan.
X-S Tech, I wasn't implying that your message was the one that "soured" the thread either. A person can disagree or even be downright negative as much as they want, in my book, as long as they can keep on topic, back it up, and, probably most importantly, keep it lighthearted and not attack a person or their ideas. Your message was fine and was actually very similar to how I would write about the same topic .