Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member
Mark Mothersbaugh: I got a call from G?bor and he told me he had been doing The Simpsons and now he was creating his own show. It was called Rugrats and he said he had heard a solo album I put out in Japan called Music for Insomniacs. He wanted to use one of the songs on Music for Insomniacs for the theme song for Rugrats. While we're talking I said "I've already scored five or six TV series already." Why don't you let me write you something for it? I can do it in the style of that music, if that's the music you like.
(Music Playing) I started at the very beginning in I don't know it wass like the third or fourth season or something when they came and told me and I was like "You're going to do a feature?" and they go "yeah." They go, "well, the show is incredibly popular." I was thinking wow. I just sit in a room all day and write music and never know what's going on.
I never looked at the trades or followed any of that stuff. So I didn't really know the show was like a pretty successful show. But Paramount said "who you're going to-- who do you want to have the score the movie? We have some ideas." They said, "well, we want the composer of the film to score it." They're like "no, no, he has never scored a big orchestral film before." And I said, "well, I have scored like half a dozen films." "Yeah, but you never had more than 15 people playing." This is going to be like a 80s, 90 piece orchestra.
Gabor he went to bat for me and said "no, I want my composer to write the music!" The execs at Paramount relented, and let me score the movie. It was on-the-job training there too. But it's like in some ways it's easier to score a big score like that, because you have all these people. You have orchestrators and other people that come in and they kind of watch your back for you.
The arrangers and the orchestrators, there is a lot of checks and balances. But anyhow so Rugrats ended being the movie that allowed me to break out of the Catch-22 of he has never scored a big orchestra before.
Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.Become a member
73 Video lessons · 14858 Viewers
130 Video lessons · 17254 Viewers
110 Video lessons · 8612 Viewers
80 Video lessons · 11117 Viewers
Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.
Search within course videos and transcripts, and jump right to the results.
Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.
Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.
Your file was successfully uploaded.