Planet 51

Animated Family Feature


In 2009 James composed a large-scale, colourful orchestral score to accompany Sony Pictures’ hit movie ‘Planet 51′ – a galactic-sized animated alien adventure, featuring a host of renowned voices including Jessica Biel, Gary Oldman and John Cleese. The music was recorded with long-term collaborators, the London Metropolitan Orchestra, at London’s Abbey Road studios with 15 further sessions convened on pop songs from the 1950s which feature in the movie.

The film tells the story of American astronaut Captain Charles ‘Chuck’ Baker who lands on Planet 51 thinking he’s the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders … like Chuck!

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“Planet 51”

  1. Alien Attack  (3.58)
  2. Rover Activated  (3.10)
  3. Astronaut On The Run  (3.48)
  4. Lem Meets Chuck  (2.25)
  5. Rover In The House  (2.30)
  6. Paranoid Glipfrog  (2.37)
  7. Spaceship Removed  (1.48)
  8. Dust In The Wind  (2.02)
  9. The Alien Is Captured  (3.32)
  10. Explaining The Universe  (2.13)
  11. Discovering Base 9  (2.49)
  12. Saving Chuck  (2.17)
  13. Blast Off  (4.03)
  14. The Wrap Up  (3.46)

Music composed and conducted by James Seymour Brett

Produced by Peter Cobbin

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios

Mixed by Peter Cobbin

Orchestrations by James Seymour Brett and Adam Langston, Geoff Alexander,  Bob Elhai

Performed by the London Metropolitan Orchestra

Orchestral Contractor Andy Brown

Music Preparation – Vic Fraser

Music Editor – David Walter

Score Editor – Robert Houston

Music Supervision – Liz Schrek

Album Produced by James Seymour Brett and Graham Walker