Danny Elfman

Composer, Musician, Singer
Because he hailed from the annals of rock music and was never a classically trained musician, Danny Elfman struggled to gain acceptance among his peers on the road to becoming one of Hollywood's most prolific and ... Read more »
Born: 05/28/1953 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Music (264)

Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016 (Movie)

(Music)

Fifty Shades of Grey 2015 (Movie)

(Music)

Fifty Shades of Grey 2015 (Movie)

Score Producer (Score Mixing)

The End of the Tour 2015 (Movie)

(Music)

The Wolfpack 2015 (Movie)

("This Is Halloween") (Song)

Big Eyes 2014 (Movie)

Score Producer (Music)

Dilbert 1998 - 2000, 2002 - 2003, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Music

Mr. Peabody & Sherman 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

The Simpsons 1990 - 2004, 2007 - 2009, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

The Unknown Known: The Life And Times Of Donald Rumsfeld 2014 (Movie)

Music/Score Producer (Music)

American Hustle 2013 (Movie)

(Music)

Epic 2013 (Movie)

(Music)

Oz: The Great and Powerful 2013 (Movie)

("The Munchkin Welcome Song") (Song Performer)

Oz: The Great and Powerful 2013 (Movie)

("The Munchkin Welcome Song") (Song)

Oz: The Great and Powerful 2013 (Movie)

(Music)

Dark Shadows 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

Frankenweenie 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

Hitchcock 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

Men in Black 3 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

Promised Land 2012 (Movie)

Music/Score Producer (Music)

Silver Linings Playbook 2012 (Movie)

(Composer)

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Music

Rango 2011 (Movie)

("Finale") (Song)

Real Steel 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

Restless 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

Alice in Wonderland 2010 (Movie)

"Alice's Theme" (Lyrics)

Alice in Wonderland 2010 (Movie)

(Composer)

The Next Three Days 2010 (Movie)

Score Producer (Music Producer)

The Next Three Days 2010 (Movie)

(Composer)

The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Wolfman 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

9 2009 (Movie)

Theme (Theme Music)

Notorious 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

Taking Woodstock 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

Terminator Salvation 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

Terminator Salvation 2009 (Movie)

Score Producer (Music Producer)

Desperate Housewives: Secrets and Lies 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Hellboy II: The Golden Army 2008 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Kabluey 2008 (Movie)

("Breakfast Machine") (Song)

Milk 2008 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Milk 2008 (Movie)

Score Producer (Music Producer)

Standard Operating Procedure 2008 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Wanted 2008 (Movie)

(Music)

Desperate Housewives: The Juiciest Bites 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Meet the Robinsons 2007 (Movie)

("The Future Has Arrived") (Song)

Meet the Robinsons 2007 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Meet the Robinsons 2007 (Movie)

Score Producer (Music Producer)

Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

Original Music Themes (Theme Music)

Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

("Opening Montage") (Song)

The Kingdom 2007 (Movie)

(Music)

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

("The Simpsons Theme") (Music)

Charlotte's Web 2006 (Movie)

("Wilbur's Lullaby") (Song)

Charlotte's Web 2006 (Movie)

(Music)

Deep Sea 3D 2006 (Movie)

(Composer)

Desperate Housewives 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

Desperate Housewives: All the Juicy Details 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Nacho Libre 2006 (Movie)

("Echos Of Ramses") (Composer)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005 (Movie)

Vocals Performer("Mike Teavee") (Performer)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005 (Movie)

Vocals Performer("Wonka's Welcome Song") (Song Performer)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005 (Movie)

(Music)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005 (Movie)

("Wonka's Welcome Song") (Lyrics)

Desperate Housewives: Sorting Out the Dirty Laundry 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Point Pleasant 2005 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

Score and Songs (Composer)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

("Remains Of The Day") (Song Performer)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

("According To Plan") (Lyrics)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

("According To Plan") (Song)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Sleepover 2004 (Movie)

("We Close Our Eyes") (Song)

Spider-Man 2 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

Big Fish 2003 (Movie)

("Twice The Love") (Song)

Big Fish 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

Big Fish 2003 (Movie)

("Twice The Love") (Music Producer)

The Hulk 2003 (Movie)

("Mother") (Song)

The Hulk 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

The Hulk 2003 (Movie)

Score Producer (Music Producer)

The In-Laws 2003 (Movie)

("Will Hunting") (Song)

The In-Laws 2003 (Movie)

("Will Hunting") (Composer)

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

Original Score Producer (Music Producer)

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

Original Music Score (Original Music)

Men in Black II 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

Red Dragon 2002 (Movie)

Score Producer (Music Producer)

Red Dragon 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

Spider-Man 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

Spider-Man 2002 (Movie)

(Composer)

Heartbreakers 2001 (Movie)

("Heartbreakers" theme) (Song)

Novocaine 2001 (Movie)

theme(music) (Theme Music)

Planet of the Apes 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

songs("Floop's Song" "Spy Kids Theme") (Song)

Condo Painting 2000 (Movie)

("Sweet Condo" "Wacky Circus Condo" "Friendly Condo" "Dreamy Condo") (Song Performer)

Condo Painting 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Proof of Life 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Proof of Life 2000 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

The Family Man 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

The Family Man 2000 (Movie)

score producer (Music Producer)

Anywhere But Here 1999 (Movie)

("Strange Wind") (Song)

Anywhere But Here 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Batman: The Animated Series 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Instinct 1999 (Movie)

score producer (Music Producer)

Instinct 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Modern Vampires 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

My Favorite Martian 1999 (Movie)

("Uncle Martin Theme") (Song)

Never Been Kissed 1999 (Movie)

("The Simpson's Theme") (Song)

Sleepy Hollow 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

A Civil Action 1998 (Movie)

score producer (Music Producer)

A Civil Action 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

A Simple Plan 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Perversions of Science 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Psycho 1998 (Movie)

music adaptation (Music)

Psycho 1998 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Subzero 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Flubber 1997 (Movie)

("The Flubber Mambo") (Song)

Flubber 1997 (Movie)

score producer (Music Producer)

Flubber 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Good Will Hunting 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Good Will Hunting 1997 (Movie)

score producer (Music Producer)

Home Alone 3 1997 (Movie)

("Home Again") (Song)

Men in Black 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Scream 2 1997 (Movie)

("Cassandra Aria") (Song)

A Fatal Caper 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

A Slight Case of Murder 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

About Face 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Cold War 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Darkman III: Die Darkman Die 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Ear Today... Gone Tomorrow 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Escape 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Extreme Measures 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Extreme Measures 1996 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Freeway 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Horror in the Night 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Last Respects 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Mars Attacks! 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Mission: Impossible 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Report from the Grave 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Smoke Wrings 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Frighteners 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

The Kidnapper 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Third Pig 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Dead Presidents 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Dead Presidents 1995 (Movie)

score producer (Music Producer)

Doctor of Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Dolores Claiborne 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Dolores Claiborne 1995 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight 1995 (Movie)

main title theme composer (Theme Music)

To Die For 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Black Beauty 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Came the Dawn 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Creep Course 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Death of Some Salesmen 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Forever Ambergris 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Half Way Horrible 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Theme Music

House of Horror 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Theme Music

People Who Live in Brass Hearses 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Shrunken Heads 1994 (Movie)

(Theme Music)

Till Death Do We Part 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Two For the Show 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Well-Cooked Hams 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Army of Darkness 1993 (Movie)

("March of the Dead") (Theme Music)

Beetlejuice 1989 - 1993 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Curiosity Killed 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Family Dog 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Sommersby 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Strung Along 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Werewolf Concerto 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Article 99 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Batman Returns 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

Batman Returns 1992 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Batman Returns 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Beauty Rest 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1992 (Movie)

("We Close Our Eyes") (Song)

Maniac at Large 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Theme Music

On a Dead Man's Chest 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Seance 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Showdown 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Split Personality 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Theme Music

The New Arrival 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Theme Music

This'll Kill Ya 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Abra Cadaver 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Carrion Death 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Dead Wait 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Deadline 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Dutch 1991 (Movie)

("'Main Title' from 'Big Top Pee-Wee'") (Song)

Easel Kill 'Ya 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Loved to Death 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Mournin' Mess 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Music

None But the Lonely Heart 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Pee-wee's Playhouse 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music

Pure Luck 1991 (Movie)

("Mariachi Parade") (Song Performer)

Pure Luck 1991 (Movie)

(Theme Music)

Pure Luck 1991 (Movie)

(Song)

Split Second 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Reluctant Vampire 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Trap 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Top Billing 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Undertaking Palor 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Yellow 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Theme Music

'Til Death 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Cutting Cards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Darkman 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Dead Right 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Edward Scissorhands 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Fitting Punishment 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

For Cryin' Out Loud 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Four-Sided Triangle 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Judy, You're Not Yourself Today 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Korman's Kalamity 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Lower Berth 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Mute Witness to Murder 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

My Brother's Keeper 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Night Breed 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Night Breed 1990 (Movie)

("Skin") (Song)

Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Television Terror 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Sacrifice 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Secret 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Switch 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Thing From the Grave 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Ventriloquist's Dummy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Three's a Crowd 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Batman 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

("Flesh 'n Blood") (Song)

Only Sin Deep 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Theme Music

She's Out Of Control 1989 (Movie)

("Winning Side") (Song)

A Special Evening of Pee-wee's Playhouse 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

Beetlejuice 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Big Top Pee-Wee 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Midnight Run 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

My Best Friend Is a Vampire 1988 (Movie)

("Same Man I Was Before") (Song)

Scrooged 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Sledge Hammer! 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

Summer School 1987 (Movie)

("Happy") (Song Performer)

Summer School 1987 (Movie)

("Happy") (Song)

Summer School 1987 (Movie)

Score(Original Rank: Music) (Original Score)

Back to School 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Back to School 1986 (Movie)

("Dead Man's Party") (Song)

Fast Times 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Theme Song

Something Wild 1986 (Movie)

("Not My Slave") (Song)

Wisdom 1986 (Movie)

song producer("Rock Me Baby") (Song)

Wisdom 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Wisdom 1986 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

Weird Science 1985 (Movie)

("Weird Science") (Song)

Bachelor Party 1984 (Movie)

songs("Who Do You Want to Be Today" "Something Isn't Right" "Bachelor Party Theme") (Song)

Surf II 1984 (Movie)

songs("Hold Me Back" "Only a Lad") (Song)

Fast Times At Ridgemont High 1982 (Movie)

("Goodbye Goodbye") (Song)

Tempest 1982 (Movie)

("Little Girls") (Song)

Urgh! A Music War 1982 (Movie)

("Ain't This the Life") (Song)

Forbidden Zone 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

As Ye Sow (TV Show)

Theme Music

Confession (TV Show)

Theme Music

Food For Thought (TV Show)

Theme Music

King of the Road (TV Show)

Theme Music

Oil's Well That Ends Well (TV Show)

Theme Music

Spoiled (TV Show)

Theme Music

The Flash (TV Show)

Theme Music

What's Cookin'? (TV Show)

Theme Music
Actor (11)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005 (Movie)

Oompa Loompa Vocals (Actor)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Bonejangles (Actor)

Super Secret Movie Rules 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Score 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Tim Burton: Trick or Treat 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gift 2000 (Movie)

Tommy Lee Ballard (Actor)

The Hollywood Soundtrack Story 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 (Movie)

of Barrel (Voice)

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 (Movie)

Singing Voice of Jack Skellington (Actor)

The Magical World of Chuck Jones 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Back to School 1986 (Movie)

Oingo Boingo Band Member (Actor)
Producer (1)

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

Because he hailed from the annals of rock music and was never a classically trained musician, Danny Elfman struggled to gain acceptance among his peers on the road to becoming one of Hollywood's most prolific and respected film composers. Elfman began his career in the late-1970s as the singer-songwriter of the acclaimed rock band Oingo Boingo, which developed a significant following in Southern California, but failed to reach national prominence. Unable to quell occasional rumors that others had written his own scores, he found success to be the best revenge, particularly in his long-running collaboration with director Tim Burton. In fact, Elfman worked with the director on most of his films, including "Batman" (1989), "Sleepy Hollow" (1999) and "Big Fish" (2003) - the latter of which earned him an Academy Award nomination. Though he often cited Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Bartok as his favorite classical composers, Elfman felt greater affinity to classic Hollywood composers Bernard Herrmann, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Miklos Rozsa and Franz Waxman, whose influence were heard in his scores for "Men in Black" (1997) and "A Simple Plan" (1998). By the time he composed his Oscar-nominated score for "Milk" (2008), Elfman had gained the respect of his critics while becoming one the top echelon composers working in Hollywood.

Relationships

Bodhi Elfman Actor

Nephew

Milton Elfman

Father

Blossom Elfman Actor

Mother

Lola Elfman

Daughter
Born in 1979

Mali Elfman

Daughter
Born in 1984

Richard Elfman Actor

Brother
Born March 6, 1949 Richard directed the late-night cult movie "Forbidden Zone" (1979), which featured Danny's first feature score

Oliver Elfman

Son
Born in January 2005; mother, Bridget Fonda

Bridget Fonda Actor

Wife
Met while filming "A Simple Plan" (1998) Engaged March 2003 Married Nov. 29, 2003

Caroline Thompson Actor

Companion
Together in the early 1990s Penned the Tim Burton films "Edward Scissorhands" (1990) and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993)

EDUCATION

University High School

Los Angeles , California
Dropped out of high school

Milestones

2012

Composed original music for "Men in Black III," directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score – Motion Picture ("Alice In Wonderland")

2011

Composed music for the robot-boxing drama "Real Steel," starring Hugh Jackman

2010

Composed the score for Burton's "Alice In Wonderland"; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Score Soundtrack

2008

Scored the music for Gus Van Sant's "Milk"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score and a Grammy nomination for Best Score Soundtrack for a film

2005

Voiced Bonejangles in Tim Burton's animated feature "Corpse Bride"; also scored the music

2005

Composed the score for Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"; also provided the voices for the Oompa-Loompas in the musical numbers; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Song for "Wonka’s Welcome Song"

2004

Wrote the theme music for ABC's "Desperate Housewives"

2003

Composed the music for Tim Burton's "Big Fish"; received Golden Globe, Academy Award and Grammy nominations for Best Original Score

2002

Collaborated with John Kander and Fred Ebb to compose the music for Rob Marshall's screen adaptation of "Chicago"

2001

Again collaborated with Burton for "Planet of the Apes"; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Score Soundtrack

1999

Composed the atmospheric score for Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow"

1998

Met future wife Bridget Fonda while working on "A Simple Plan"

1997

Signed multiple picture, non-exclusive agreement to write, produce and direct for Walt Disney Motion Picture Group

1997

Received first Oscar nominations for Best Original Score for "Good Will Hunting" and "Men in Black"; earned a Grammy nomination for the latter

1996

Worked with director Brian De Palma to compose music for "Mission:Impossible"

1995

Oingo Boingo announced that it was disbanding

1993

Collaborated on the story and screenplay, and composed music and lyrics for Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas"; also performed the singing voice of the lead character (Jack Skellington) and two supporting roles; earned Golden Globe and Grammy nomin

1992

Again collaborated with Burton for "Batman Returns"

1990

Won acclaim for writing the theme music for the Fox animated series "The Simpsons"; earned an Emmy nomination for the main title theme music

1989

First large-scale action score, Tim Burton's "Batman"; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Original Instrumental Background Score

1988

Composed the music for Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice"

1986

TV series debut, wrote the theme music for "Sledge Hammer!" (ABC) and "Pee-wee's Playhouse" (CBS)

1985

First collaboration with director Tim Burton, "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"

1982

Scored the coming-of-age teen-comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"; written by Cameron Crowe and directed by Amy Heckerling

1979

Composed first score for the film, "Forbidden Zone"; directed by brother Richard Elfman; also played the role of Satan

1970

Followed his brother Richard to France

Joined the musical theater group The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, formed by his brother; later shortened their name to Oingo Boingo

Raised in Los Angeles, CA

Played violin on the streets of Paris and performed with Le Grand Magic Circus, an avant-garde musical theater group

Left France and traveled throughout Africa; contracted malaria during his one-year stay and returned to the U.S.

Bonus Trivia

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Elfman's fellow Oingo Boingo member, Steve Bartek orchestrated his scores, while music editor Bob Badami and conductor Shirley Walker have been involved with most of his projects as well. Elfman had recording and screening facilities in his home.

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"All I can hope is that I have the ability to keep expanding musically, because when I tire of a certain style, I can't keep doing it. I'm not the type of professional who can just go, 'What the hell, it's a job.'" – Elfman quoted in Premiere magazine, January 1991

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"My greatest criticism of film music is of my own generation: the Synclavier composers who just come up with themes and turn them over to orchestrators. It's the ultimate irony to me that I am accused of that which I detest the most. I get myself wrapped up in these scores that take so much time and energy that every time I finish one I swear I'll never do another one. On the other hand, whenever I listen to the wonderful scores written between 1940 and 1960, it reminds me, 'That's why I do it. That's what I love about it.' It's not the money and it's not the prestige – it's somehow tapping into what inspired me when I was young and watching these movies and loving film music so much." – Elfman interviewed by Frank Thompson in The Hollywood Reporter, Jan. 18, 1993

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"The fact is I taught myself notation because I had to. It's sloppy and I often slip in and out of proper key signatures but every note that I want to hear is there. And as laughable as my scores may look to a very well-trained musician, I do work 12 hours a day, often seven days a week writing the goddamn stuff down and getting it to sound exactly like I want it to sound." – Elfman interviewed by Frank Thompson in The Hollywood Reporter, Jan. 18, 1993

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"Dolby sound was the death of the classic film score, the single worst thing that ever happened to film music, because it marked the end of film music being a major character and the beginning of sound effects being a major character." – Elfman quoted in an article written by Stephen Rebello in Movieline magazine, November 1993

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"His compositions for Burton's movies are stuff that seem to navigate the Burton mindscape the way Nino Rota's do Federico Fellini's and Bernard Herrmann's do Alfred Hitchcock's." – Stephen Rebello on Elfman, quoted in Movieline magazine, November 1993

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"I'm the naysayer, the voice of doom. I see film music getting worse every year. I see more and more music factories building up now – faceless composing where composers can become extremely successful by doing nothing but imitating existing scores." – Elfman quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Nov. 23, 1997

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Elfman received an Honorary Doctorate on June 2, 2007 from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

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