Tech Talk From The Producer…
Bruce Broughton enhanced this story of animal love, courage and strength by providing themes for each of the three pets. Numerous smaller ideas illuminated the variety of action sequences with musical moments both humorous and dramatic. For this premiere release of Broughton’s entire score, Intrada was provided access to the complete digital two-track scoring session mixes engineered by Armin Steiner at 20th Century Fox Studios in November 1992.
The picture was well-spotted, meaning almost all of the music was used in the exact sequences intended by the composer. The only change of note involved tracking a small portion of “Breakfasting With Bears” (track 12) in front of “The Cougar!” (track 18) to extend the sequence to match the final film edit. Other than that one alteration, we have followed the musical sequence of the picture.
Regarding “The Extras”: Broughton recorded two versions of “The Cougar!” After recording the initial version during his first session, he rescored a few bars, dropping the brief guitar solo heard in the middle and recording the cue again during the next session. While the cue appears in the film where intended, ironically it is the first version (with the guitar solo) that is heard. For the 1993 Intrada CD, Broughton trimmed the revised version down by roughly half a minute and it is that edited revision that was used for the CD. For our current presentation, both versions of the cue are heard in their entirety as recorded.
The end credits roll to the cue entitled “Homeward Bound (Revised)” (track 29). Broughton also recorded two versions of this sequence. The original version (track 31) begins with a quiet passage featuring the guitars. Broughton later went back to this cue, revised the entire opening to feature a staccato trombone solo played forte in place of the quiet guitars and recorded this new intro at the end of his last session. In this case, it is the revised version that made it into the picture. Listeners of this current CD can play the revised film version in its proper sequence and also enjoy the never-before-heard original version as the closing extra.