Thomas Newman: Nemo Egg
Thomas Newman is known for his broad portfolio of film scores for films such as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Finding Nemo and Skyfall. His accessible style creates sparkling scores of music that are very much loved. Newman has been nominated for fifteen Academy Awards, as well as a number of Golden Globes, two BAFTAs, six Grammys and an Emmy Award. Newman has become one of the most nominated composers without a win.
Finding Nemo was released in 2003 and was the first animated film that Newman had composed the score for. It was the first Pixar film not to be scored by Randy Newman, who produced famous scores for Toy Story, Monsters Inc, and A Bug’s Life. Thomas Newman is actually the cousin of Randy, so between them they have covered a large scope of Disney soundtracks. The score for Finding Nemo was nominated for the Academy Award for Original Score, however it lost out to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’s soundtrack by Howard Shore.
Nemo Egg, also referred to as the Main Title of the film, is played in the opening scenes of the film. Scored for orchestra and piano, this poignant main title sets the scene as the camera shots pans from the deep blue sea to the coral reef where the main characters live.
With drones from the strings, the piano takes the chief role of presenting the melody. The open accompaniment reflects that of the ocean, with the delicate piano melody being supported by rich strings. Newman also utilises the percussion, namely the marimba, which adds some very interesting timbre to the piece. The opening title is welcoming, content and perhaps even nostalgic. Newman’s style welcomes you into the world of Finding Nemo, and we certainly want to join in.
Thomas Newman’s score throughout Finding Nemo is really effective with some exciting twists and turns. Nemo Egg serves its purpose of setting the scene of the film, with Newman’s colourful scoring shining through. A calm and peaceful opening before the chaos begins!
Ⓒ Alex Burns