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John Debney scores Hotel For Dogs
Who let the dogs in..?
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.
In HOTEL FOR DOGS, a pair of orphaned siblings, Andi (Roberts) and Bruce (Austin), are
forbidden by their foster parents to have a pet. The kids stumble upon an abandoned hotel
and transform it into a dog-paradise for their dog Friday--and eventually for all Friday's friends.
arking dogs make the neighbors suspicious, and Andi and Bruce use every invention they
have to avoid anyone discovering "who let the dogs in."
Recently Debney completed the score to THE STONING OF SORAYA M., (adapted from the New
York Times best seller) which received critical acclaim at the 2008 Toronto International Film
Festival. His other credits include THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, for which he received an
Oscar nomination; IDLEWILD, a Prohibition-era musical starring the duo Outkast and featuring
famed trumpeter Arturo Sandoval; the animated films BARNYARD and CHICKEN LITTLE;
the comic-book inspired SIN CITY, and the comedies ELF and LIAR, LIAR.
Debney’s ability to deliver the perfect score in a wide variety of films has made him one of the
most sought after composers in Hollywood. For Garry Marshall, Debney scored the black comedy,
GEORGIA RULE, PRINCESS DIARIES 1 & 2, and RAISING HELEN; for Tom Shadyac, he scored
BRUCE ALMIGHTY and EVAN ALMIGHTY.
In addition to an Academy Award nomination, John Debney has received several Emmy awards,
a Dove award for THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, a CUE award for the score to the videogame LAIR
and several gold and platinum selling albums, including THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST and
THE PRINCESS DIARIES. Debney was the youngest recipient of the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award
for Career Achievement, and has conducted concerts of his music with orchestras throughout
the United States and Europe.