Academy Award winning composer Bret McKenzie is working on a new children’s musical comedy that he describes as a combination of The Princess Bride and The Muppets. Having first risen to fame as one half of the comedy folk duo Flight of the Conchords, New Zealander McKenzie has forged a successful career Stateside, having stolen the scene from the stars when he was an extra in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy and penning ‘Man or Muppet’ for The Muppets.
McKenzie has said that he aims to create a live action movie complete with singing dragons and monsters. Whether he can reprise his Oscar winning formula and come up with songs that are equally award worthy remains to be seen, but in the meantime, give your ears a treat and check out some of these Academy Award winning numbers.
5. ‘Jai Ho’ – Slumdog Millionaire
‘Jai Ho’ by AR Rahman was originally composed for Subhash Ghai’s film Yuvvraaj, but instead found its way into Slumdog Millonaire after Ghai thought the lyrics too subtle and soft for his movie. It is played over dance sequence for the closing credits of Slumdog Millionaire and features vocals in Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi, as well as a Spanish section.
Danny Boyle emailed AR Rahman, saying that he liked Rahman’s work and would love to have him compose his film’s soundtrack. Initially, Rahman was unsure, but when he saw a first cut, he decided that the project was really interesting and agreed to work on the music for it.
‘Jai Ho’ was widely praised by music critics, who hailed it as the best song from the film. Not only did it win the Academy Award for Best Original Song, it also won a Grammy and was used during the 2009 Indian National Congress election. It was rerecorded for English speaking audiences by The Pussycat Dolls as ‘Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)’ and the adaptation was equally well received.