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Interview with Disney Composer Bruce Broughton

Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #267 for the week of March 25, 2012.

I’m pleased to share an interview this week with someone whose incredible talents in storytelling are not with pictures or words, but through his music. Bruce Broughton has received 20 Emmy and numerous Grammy awards as well as an Academy Award nomination for his television and motion picture work, and he also composed and conducted scores for Disney animated films such as The Rescuers Down Under and Bambi II. His incredible music can also be found throughout the Disney parks in themes for attractions such as Ellen’s Energy Adventure, The Timekeeper, Honey I Shrunk the Audience and most recently, Spaceship Earth. He will share stories about working on the films and in the theme parks, including the processes, inspiration, differences and experiences, which may just make you appreciate these incredible works of art even more.

I’ll have the answer and winner for last week’s Walt Disney World Trivia Question of the Week, and pose a new one for your chance to win a Disney prize package.

I’ll have a few announcements and then play more of your voicemails at the end of the show. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show.

Thanks for listening! Be sure to tune in next week!

Information and Links from This Week’s Show:

Question for YOU: What is your favorite film or Disney theme park attraction score by Bruce Broughton

Visit Bruce Broughton’s web site at 




7 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #267 – Interview with Disney Composer Bruce Broughton”

  1. SpaceShip Earth in deed in my teens I listen to Bruce Broughton he’s an inspiration in Epcot and a masterpiece.

  2. John G says:

    I have to say that my favorite Bruce Broughton score is from Making of Me. I came to appreciate it after hearing it frequently on Mike Newell’s Mouseworld Radio. Bruce does a terrific job of various settings, from frantic (“you’d rather do this than have me?!”) to nostalgic. Great stuff.

  3. Joe just Joe says:

    Great interview, Lou! Mr. Broughton obviously had to keep away from technical jargon, but as an amateur musician and arranger I’m curious to know exactly what he did to blend the musical clips in Spaceship Earth for the convenience of people stuck between scenes. Presumably he kept the clips in compatible keys with synchronized rhythms. Also, he said that if he had known, he would have made allowances for the noise of the people movers. I’d like to know what he might have done – would he have tried to bury the noise with instruments playing in the same range, or would he have opened up (musical) space around the people movers in order to make them an instrument in the music? Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go look for mp3s of Spaceship Earth and Oh Canada soundtracks!

  4. Warren says:

    Thank you for bringing us this magnificent interview. I had no previous knowledge of Mr.Broughton and you awakened my mind and “ears” to an aspect of the parks that I have always always appreciated but knew all too little about. Thank you for enlightening me to the technical aspects and people that went into achieving it!

    Brilliant mixing of the musical scores into the interview Lou! That Podcast award was certainly well deserved!

  5. Jeanette says:

    As always, a wonderful interview with Mr. Broughton. He always so unassuming–he strikes me as someone who just loves the craft and loves good music, no matter wrote it–him or someone else.

    My favorite Disney composition is Ellen’s Energy Adventure.

  6. Shannon G. says:

    Awesome podcast! As a musician I really appreciated the theme 🙂 I had no idea that the composer who scored Silverado also composed for Disney Parks. I do hear Silverado in Frontierland out here in California but I can’t wait to go back to Disney World in January 2016 so I can listen a bit more carefully to Mr. Broughton’s Park scores!

  7. Chuck Zitta says:

    I’d have to say my favorite score by Bruce Broughton would be the one he did for Ellen’s Energy Adventure, and though it’s gone now, the score for Honey I Shrunk the Audience is also another one I enjoy. And I may as well add the Spaceship Earth score as well. All three, when I hear them (or heard them), connect me with my passion for EPCOT and 1) let me know I’m actually at EPCOT or 2) if I’m not at EPCOT, take me there emotionally and allow me to visualize what it feels like to be there.

    This was a fantastic interview. Always, always enjoy and find it extremely interesting to hear the stories and creative processes behind the magic.

    Thanks again for another top notch interview, Lou!!!