DANNY ELFMAN GOES (CHOCOLATE-COVERED) NUTS.
Byline: Rob Lowman Entertainment Editor
Things got a little crazy at composer Danny Elfman's home studio when he began creating the singing parts for the Oompa Loompa songs in Tim Burton's ``Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.''
``Once I started having fun with it, I literally got to the point where it was nuts. I'd be laying one part after another, then I'd be screaming falsettos and my wife (actress Bridget Fonda Bridget Jane Fonda (born January 27, 1964) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-award nominated American actress. Biography
Fonda was born in Los Angeles, California, U.S. ) would come down to check on me because she thought I was going nuts.''
But it's probably a bit nuts to write Oompa Loompa songs anyway. The score to the first adaptation of Roald Dahl's book, the 1971 ``Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,'' had much-loved songs like ``Candy Man'' and ``Pure Imagination'' by Anthony Newley and Lesley Bricusse.
Burton and Elfman decided that in ``Charlie'' only the Oompas would sing. In Dahl's book, they either sang (or chanted - it's not clear) after each child departed. The pair decided to use the author's words.
``I'm already expecting to catch a lot of flak at my end for turning these charming Oompa Loompa things into Bollywood extravaganzas,'' says the 52-year-old composer and father of a 6-month-old son. He has two daughters from a previous marriage.
There are five songs in ``Charlie'' - ``Wonka's Welcome Song'' (sort of a deranged de·range
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2. To upset the normal condition or functioning of.
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A simple song.
[Middle English dite, a literary composition, from Old French dite, from Latin dict ) and four tunes for the children (``Augustus Gloop Augustus Gloop is the glutton of the five main child characters in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He is the first of the children to find the golden ticket that signifies one's invitation to the factory. ,'' ``Violet Beauregarde This article or section contains speculation and may try to argue its points. Information must be and based on .
Please remove speculation and discussion from the article. ,'' ``Veruca Salt'' and ``Mike Teavee''). Burton and Elfman wanted to model the numbers after big Bollywood productions.
After he wrote ``Augustus,'' Elfman says it was Burton's idea to go in a completely different direction for each song, and the pair started ``clowning'' around with ideas like ``ABBA meets the Mamas and Papas meets the Byrds.'' ``Veruca'' became ``kinda psychedelic psychedelic /psy·che·del·ic/ (si?ki-del´ik)
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So the songs could be choreographed, Elfman started laying down the vocals in his home. Elfman did every part six times. ``Depending on the song, I would take two of the voices and modulate To insert a data signal into a carrier wave or direct current. See modulation. them up a little bit - which slightly Munchkin-izes them. Then I might take two more and shift them even further.'' But he decided not to make all the voices sound like Munchkins and instead gave them a total range; so you'll hear some Oompas singing bass, even if they all look the same.
This is the 11th film that Elfman has scored for Burton.
``In a way, he's like another actor in the film,'' the director says of Elfman. ``His music has always been a guidepost, a way to help define the various elements of the story and draw it all together.''
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Composer Danny Elfman