Danny Elfman

Daniel Robert Elfman (* May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American composer of film music and son of novelist Blossom Elfman. He was known primarily for his work for director Tim Burton ( and Others Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Batman and Alice in Wonderland ). He also composed the theme song of the hit series The Simpsons. Danny Elfman is married to actress Bridget Fonda.


Elfman is from a Jewish family. His creative career began in the early 1970s, when he was in the theatrical music group " Grand Magic Circus " boarding as a violinist, in his older brother Richard was playing congas. He later became part of the avant-garde music group "The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo ", which Richard had established in 1972. In this troupe Danny showed his musical talent including as lead singer, trombone, and various percussion instruments such as the balafon. For Richards, the 1978 movie Forbidden Zone was created by the Mystic Knights of the first soundtrack, which reached cult status in the United States. Also in 1978 Richard handed the management of the band to Danny, which consists of about 15-strong cast of the Mystic Knights of the eight -piece rock band Oingo Boingo formed a year later. Oingo Boingo With he played the next 17 years before he in 1995 decided to dissolve the band, because it was " for the right time ," according to Elfman.

His first commercial soundtrack for Tim Burton's Pee- Wee's crazy adventure meant for both the start for a long-term mutual cooperation, all of Burton's feature film projects includes up to Ed Wood and Sweeney Todd: Pee- Wee's crazy adventure, Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sleepy Hollow, Batman, Mars Attacks, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and corpse Bride - corpse Bride. Elfman's typical playful style with painted Burton often morbid tales usually with large orchestrated scores with the additional use of organ, xylophone, glockenspiel and characteristic Boys Choir. Chanel used the famous film theme of Edward Scissorhands in 1998 for a successful advertising campaign ( " Red Riding Hood" ), in the Luc Besson directed.

Also Elfman's voice is often found on its soundtrack, as on The Nightmare Before Christmas (as Jack Skellington ), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ( Oompa Loompas as ) or Corpse Bride - Corpse Bride (as Bonejangles ). His compositions for Big Fish, Good Will Hunting, Men in Black and Milk were nominated for an Oscar. Since 1980, he also composed the music for more than 100 film and television projects. Especially popular are the theme songs of The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives; For the latter he received the 2006 Emmy Award ( "Outstanding Title Music" ). 2005 his music was published for the ballet Serenada Schizophrana, which was incorporated into the score to Standard Operating Procedure and served as the music for the film Deep Sea 3D.

After his long-time collaboration with director Sam Raimi, for which he composed the scores for Spider -Man and its first sequel, among other things, he threw before this, to have given him in the completion of Spider- Man 2 too little time. Elfman said in interviews to be " deeply disappointed " by Raimi. He refused also, for the film released in theaters on May 1, 2007 Write Spider -Man 3 again the music. His role took Christopher Young, who had already participated in the completion of the score for Spider -Man 2. Later, however, it was announced that Young cooperates with Elfman and only created the themes for the new characters in the film, while Elfman's "old" issues continue to be used. In 2010, Danny Elfman was a member of the jury of the 67th International Film Festival of Venice. 2010 was also announced that his latest soundtrack, Alice in Wonderland, was nominated for a Grammy.

November 29, 2003, he is married to actress Bridget Fonda. They have a son, Oliver Henry Milton (* 2005). Elfman is the uncle of actor Bodhi Elfman. This is since 1995 married to Jenna Elfman, known as Dharma from the TV series Dharma & Greg.



Created for the following films Danny Elfman complete soundtrack:

  • 2000: The Family Man
  • 2000: Life - Proof of Life ( Proof of Life )
  • 2001: Planet of the Apes ( Planet of the Apes)
  • 2001: Spy Kids
  • 2002: Red Dragon ( Red Dragon)
  • 2002: Men in Black II
  • 2002: Chicago
  • 2002: Spider -Man
  • 2003: Big Fish
  • 2003: Hulk
  • 2004: Spider- Man 2
  • 2005: Corpse Bride - Corpse Bride ( Tim Burton's Corpse Bride )
  • 2005: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ( Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
  • 2005: The Sixth Element
  • 2006: Nacho Libre
  • 2006: Charlotte's friends ( Charlotte's Web)
  • 2006: Deep Sea 3D ( Deep Sea 3D)
  • 2007: The Kingdom (The Kingdom)
  • 2007: Meet the Robinsons (Meet the Robinsons )
  • 2008: Standard Procedure ( Standard Operating Procedure)
  • 2008: Wanted
  • 2008: Hellboy - The Golden Army ( Hellboy II: The Golden Army )
  • 2008: Milk
  • 2009: Terminator Salvation ( Terminator Salvation )
  • 2009: Notorious B.I.G.
  • 2009: Taking Woodstock
  • 2009: 9
  • 2010: Wolfman ( The Wolfman )
  • 2010: Alice in Wonderland (Alice in Wonderland )
  • 2010: 72 hours - The Next Three Days ( The Next Three Days )
  • 2011: Real Steel
  • 2012: Dark Shadows
  • 2012: Men in Black 3
  • 2012: Silver Linings ( Silver Linings Playbook )
  • 2012: Frankenweenie
  • 2012: Hitchcock
  • 2012: Promised Land
  • 2013: The fantastic world of Oz (Oz the Great and Powerful )
  • 2013: Epic - Hidden Kingdom ( Epic )
  • 2014: The Adventures of Mr. Peabody & Sherman ( Mr. Peabody & Sherman)

Theme songs

Only theme songs or complementary soundtracks

  • 2004: Fable
  • 2008: Fable 2

On the following CD compilations that contain a selection of his best film scores appeared.

Even Danny Elfman was working on an album together with Disney which was never implemented in a film.


Best Music

Frankenweenie (2012 )