Award-winning composer JOHN DEBNEY scores DreamWorks and Nickelodeon (Hollywood, CA) Award-winning composer JOHN DEBNEY scores DreamWorks and Nickelodeon Movies’ film HOTEL FOR DOGS, directed by Thor Freudenthal. The family comedy stars Lisa Kudrow, Don Cheadle, Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin. Debney’s score to Hotel for Dogs is a playful blend of eclectic instruments and rich melodies. From “Friday’s Theme” to the grand “Hotel Theme,” the score reflects the fun and whimsy of the film. Debney recorded the score at the Eastwood Stage located at Warner Bros. studio with a 90 piece orchestra and acoustic guitars.




Disheartened by their new guardians’ announcement that pets are strictly forbidden, sixteen year old Andi (Emma Roberts) and her younger brother Bruce (Jake T. Austin) race to find a home for their loyal dog Friday. Fortunately for Friday, there’s an abandoned hotel just around the corner, and Bruce possesses just the kind of mechanical smarts needed to transform the rundown inn into a four star retreat for canines. For a while Friday and his friends have it made, but when the neighbors start to get suspicious, Andi and Bruce resort to every trick in the book in order to prevent their secret from being discovered.


Listening to the Debney score for Hotel for Dogs was a bit of a disappointment. It’s not quite Ira Newborn, but there’s no amount of unique cues in the flick. It sounds like every other kid flick that is stuffing theaters to the gills. This is prestige season, people. The little guys have to compete with the award bait. 
What does stand out on the soundtrack is “Friday’s Kitchen Adventure”. Playing as Danny Elfman by way of Mr. Bungle, it has become dumbed down kids camp fun. It’s a tune that wouldn’t be out of place in a FOX comedy from the 1960s. But, it works wonders to setup the hero dog in this picture. Unfortunately, that’s all it does. 
If you’re expecting classic John Debney, then look elsewhere. This original score is a jobber for the man. 


Final Score: 83% – C


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