We at Collider have an exclusive clip of composer Harry Gregson-Williams (the upcoming Mulan) conducting a scoring session for the upcoming Disneynature film Penguins. The score was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, utilizing a large orchestra and a choir. Says Gregson-Williams, “It has a wide range of emotions—from mischievous and humorous for the young and rather clumsy Steve when we meet him, to epic and awe-inspiring to reflect the extraordinary landscape and environment that these penguins live in.”
The composer created individualized thematic material for Steve, Adeline, the chicks and predators like the leopard seals. Additional themes represent the changing of the seasons as well as a central theme for the penguins as a whole. “The music in a Disneynature film can be critical–just as it might be in a mainstream feature, but perhaps more so in this instance,” says Gregson-Williams. “Given the fact that the story is told via a single voice, the narrator, the music has to play a large part in setting the tone.”
The Penguins score is currently available to purchase, and Disneynature’s Penguins is now playing nationwide. Additionally, Penguins has the distinction of being the first-ever Disneynature film released in IMAX.