Kids movie soundtrack?
March 23, 2010 7:47 AM   Subscribe

I need instrumental music that would work well for a kids movie soundtrack!

I'm directing an improvised kids movie as a theater piece, and I need a whole bunch of music to layer over potential scenes. I have a few scores that are pointing in the right direction (Monster Squad, Pom Poko, Over the Hedge, Monkey Island 4), but the more the better.

Key elements:

-Short (1-2 minutes max)
-Incidental (I need background music, not montage music)

It doesn't have to be movie soundtracks; any sort of orchestration is useful (classical music, computer games, etc.).

Thanks everybody!
posted by ictow to Media & Arts (9 answers total)
Classic cartoon music from the likes of Carl Stalling!
posted by jquinby at 7:57 AM on March 23, 2010

Best answer: Try Incompetech. The man behind it is a pretty good composer, his works are royalty free and you pay by donation.
posted by angiep at 8:01 AM on March 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

Props for Monkey Island music, anything of or pertaining to one Guybrush Threepwood gets huge marks in my book. :-) Anyway, here are some light, well-known instrumental pieces that might be appropriate. Negotiate the rough waters of licensing as you see fit...

Popcorn by Hot Butter
Yakety Sax by Boots Randolph
Hawaii 5-0 Theme by Morton Stevens
The Pink Panther Theme by Henry Mancini

Are these the sorts of things you're looking for, or something more subtle?
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 8:05 AM on March 23, 2010

Best answer: Extremely cartoony, verging on the demented: A Hawk & a Hacksaw's first album.

Strange, charming, but (mostly) intensely happy: Yuxo, by Hans Reichel. May be rather hard to find, but Reichel's daxophone (not a typo) makes such wacky sounds.
posted by scruss at 8:15 AM on March 23, 2010

Treehouse by Looper
posted by puritycontrol at 8:24 AM on March 23, 2010

Daedelus's albums Invention and Of Snowdonia have some 2-minute-or-less instrumental tracks.
posted by Jaltcoh at 10:27 AM on March 23, 2010

Best answer: A few years ago Secret Fun Blog posted two volumes of incidental music from Ren & Stimpy. (via mefi, of course.) The links in the post are down now, but there are some rapidshare links down a ways in the comments that still work. (CTRL+F "rapidshare")
posted by carsonb at 12:08 PM on March 23, 2010

Best answer: The David Chesworth Ensemble, particularly the album "Exotica Suite". It's cartoony instrumental music - xylophones, tubas, piano bass and drums and more!
posted by robotot at 2:30 PM on March 23, 2010

Response by poster: Super helpful stuff everybody!
posted by ictow at 8:32 AM on March 25, 2010

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