Danny Elfman - Filmography

Filmography

Appearances by Elfman as a composer, or as a member of Oingo Boingo:

Year Film Role/Directed by Notes
1977 I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Yri drummer Also featured Richard Elfman
Hot Tomorrows Singer Directed by Martin Brest
1980 Forbidden Zone Satan Directed by Richard Elfman
1981 Urgh! A Music War Himself Part of Oingo Boingo
1984 Good Morning, Mr. Orwell Himself Part of Oingo Boingo
1985 Pee-wee's Big Adventure Tim Burton Original soundtrack released as part of the Elfman/Burton box set
1986 Back to School Himself Part of Oingo Boingo Original soundtrack released as part of the Elfman/Burton box set
1987 Summer School Carl Reiner Soundtrack (includes one Elfman song; no score)
Wisdom Emilio Estevez, Robert Wise Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
1988 Beetlejuice Tim Burton Soundtrack
Midnight Run Martin Brest Soundtrack released by MCA
Big Top Pee-wee Randal Kleiser Soundtrack (including dialogue) released by Arista, reissued by PEG
Hot to Trot Michael Dinner Suite included on Music for a Darkened Theatre, Vol. 1
Scrooged Richard Donner Suite included on Music for a Darkened Theatre, Vol. 1; complete score released by La-La Land Records
1989 Batman Tim Burton Soundtrack (re-released with complete score from La-La Land Records); Nominated for 32nd Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Nightbreed Clive Barker Soundtrack released by MCA
1990 Dick Tracy Warren Beatty Soundtrack; Nominated for 33rd Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television
Darkman Sam Raimi Soundtrack
Edward Scissorhands Tim Burton Soundtrack; Nominated for 34th Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television
1992 Article 99 Howard Deutch Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Batman Returns Tim Burton Soundtrack released by Warner Bros. Records; re-released with complete score from La-La Land Records
1993 Sommersby Jon Amiel Soundtrack released by Elektra
Army of Darkness Sam Raimi "March of the Dead" theme by Danny Elfman, rest of the score by Joseph LoDuca
Nightmare Before Christmas, TheThe Nightmare Before Christmas Henry Selick Soundtrack released by Walt Disney Records
1994 Black Beauty Caroline Thompson Soundtrack
1995 Dolores Claiborne Taylor Hackford Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Dead Presidents Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes Soundtrack (one Elfman track; suite also included on Music for a Darkened Theatre Vol. 2)
To Die For Gus Van Sant Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande (score + songs)
1996 Mission: Impossible Brian De Palma Soundtrack (songs + three brief Elfman suites); Score album
Frighteners, TheThe Frighteners Peter Jackson Soundtrack
Freeway Matthew Bright Suite included on Music for a Darkened Theatre Vol. 2
Extreme Measures Michael Apted Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Mars Attacks! Tim Burton Soundtrack released by Atlantic; expanded edition released by La-La Land Records
1997 Men in Black Barry Sonnenfeld Soundtrack (two Elfman cues); Score album; Nominated for 70th Academy Award for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score & for 40th Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television
Flubber Les Mayfield Soundtrack released by Walt Disney Records
Good Will Hunting Gus Van Sant Soundtrack (two Elfman cues); Nominated for 70th Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score
1998 Simple Plan, AA Simple Plan Sam Raimi Soundtrack released by Compass III
A Civil Action Steven Zaillian Soundtrack
1999 Instinct Jon Turteltaub Soundtrack
Anywhere But Here Wayne Wang Soundtrack released by Atlantic (includes one score suite)
Sleepy Hollow Tim Burton Soundtrack released by Hollywood Records
2000 Proof of Life Taylor Hackford Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
The Gift Sam Raimi Cameo appearance
Family Man, TheThe Family Man Brett Ratner Soundtrack released by Sire Records (two Elfman cues)
2001 Planet of the Apes Tim Burton Soundtrack released by SME; complete score released by La-La Land
2002 Spider-Man Sam Raimi Score album; Song album; Nominated for 45th Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Men in Black II Barry Sonnenfeld Soundtrack released by Columbia Records
Red Dragon Brett Ratner Soundtrack released by Decca Records
Chicago Rob Marshall Soundtrack (two Elfman tracks)
2003 Hulk Ang Lee Soundtrack released by Columbia Records
Big Fish Tim Burton Soundtrack; Nominated for 76th Academy Award for Best Original Score, for 61st Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score & for 47th Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
2004 Spider-Man 2 Sam Raimi Soundtrack; Score album
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tim Burton Soundtrack; Nominated for 48th Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (Wonka's Welcome Song)
Corpse Bride Tim Burton Soundtrack
2006 Deep Sea 3D Howard Hall Serenada Schizophrana
Nacho Libre Jared Hess Soundtrack (score suite)
Charlotte's Web Gary Winick Soundtrack
2007 Meet the Robinsons Stephen Anderson Soundtrack
Kingdom, TheThe Kingdom Peter Berg Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
2008 Standard Operating Procedure Errol Morris Soundtrack
Wanted Timur Bekmambetov Soundtrack
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Guillermo del Toro Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Milk Gus Van Sant Soundtrack released by Decca Records; Nominated for 81st Academy Award for Best Original Score & for 52nd Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
2009 Notorious George Tillman, Jr. Soundtrack (one Elfman track)
Terminator Salvation McG Soundtrack released by Warner Bros. Records
Taking Woodstock Ang Lee Song soundtrack on Rhino Records with four Elfman cues; score album on La-La Land Records
2010 Wolfman, TheThe Wolfman Joe Johnston Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande
Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton Soundtrack released by Walt Disney Records; Nominated for 68th Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score & for 53rd Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Next Three Days, TheThe Next Three Days Paul Haggis Soundtrack released by Lionsgate
2011 Restless Gus Van Sant
Real Steel Shawn Levy Song album on Interscope with one Elfman cut; score album released by Varèse Sarabande
2012 Dark Shadows Tim Burton Song album with two Elfman cuts and score album released by WaterTower Music
Men in Black 3 Barry Sonnenfeld Soundtrack released by Sony Classical
Frankenweenie Tim Burton Soundtrack released by Walt Disney Records
Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell Song album with two Elfman cuts and score album released by Sony Classical
Hitchcock Sacha Gervasi Soundtrack released by Sony Masterworks
Promised Land Gus Van Sant
2013 Oz, The Great and Powerful Sam Raimi Soundtrack
Epic Chris Wedge Soundtrack
2014 Deep Shane Acker Soundtrack and produced by Tim Burton released by Focus Features

In addition, he has supplied thematic material - except where noted - for movies scored by others (names in brackets):

  • 1985: Weird Science: title song (Ira Newborn)
  • 1991: Pure Luck (Jonathan Sheffer)
  • 1992: Army of Darkness: "March Of The Dead" (Joseph LoDuca)
  • 1994: Shrunken Heads (Richard Band)
  • 1997: Scream 2: "Cassandra Aria" and "Cassandra Aria Reprise" (Marco Beltrami)
  • 1998: Modern Vampires (Michael Wandmacher)
  • 1999: My Favorite Martian: "Uncle Martin's Theme" (John Debney)
  • 2001: Heartbreakers (John Debney)
  • 2001: Spy Kids (Chris Boardman, John Debney, Gavin Greenaway, Harry Gregson-Williams, Heitor Pereira, Marcel Rodriguez and Robert Rodriguez)
  • 2001: Novocaine (Steve Bartek)
  • 2007: Spider-Man 3 (Christopher Young, John Debney and Deborah Lurie; also includes material composed by Elfman for the first two films)
  • 2009: 9 (Deborah Lurie)
  • 2010: Kick-Ass: "Walk to Rasul's" (John Murphy, Henry Jackman, Marius de Vries, and Ilan Eshkeri)

Elfman also composed the music for the Hollywood Pictures logo (an excerpt from his main title for Sommersby was subsequently used as the logo music for Regency, the company that made it).

He has also written the theme music and occasional episodic scores for several television series, including:

  • 1985: The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents: "The Jar" (directed by Tim Burton)
  • 1985: Amazing Stories: "Mummy, Daddy" and "The Family Dog" (with Steve Bartek)
  • 1986: Pee-wee's Playhouse (episodes: "Moster", "Cowboy and Cowtess", "Store", and "Pee-Wee Catches A Cold")
  • 1986: Sledge Hammer! (theme only)
  • 1989: Tales from the Crypt (theme only)
  • 1989: Beetlejuice (theme only)
  • 1989: The Simpsons (theme only)
  • 1990: The Flash (theme only)
  • 1992: Batman: The Animated Series (theme only)
  • 1997: Perversions of Science (theme only)
  • 1999: Dilbert (theme only, rearrangement of Forbidden Zone)
  • 2004: Desperate Housewives (theme only)
  • 2005: Point Pleasant (theme only)

His other work includes:

  • 2004: The opening title theme of the 2004 video game Fable.
  • 2008: Soundtrack to the 2008 video game Lego Batman: The Videogame (various tracks from the soundtrack of the movie: Batman).
  • 2008: The opening title theme as well as major themes of the 2008 video game Fable II.
  • 2009: The opening title theme as well as major themes and soundtrack of the 2009 video game Wanted: Weapons of Fate.
  • 2010: The opening title theme as well as major themes of the 2010 video game Fable III.
  • 2012: Soundtrack to the 2012 video game Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (various tracks from the soundtracks of the movies: Batman and "Batman Returns").
  • 2013: Music for the upcoming Hong Kong Disneyland attraction Mystic Manor.

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