(HOLLYWOOD, CA) - Award-winning composer James Venable scores The Cartoon
Network's first feature The Powerpuff Girls Movie which opens July 3rd. The film,
directed by Craig McCracken, is based on the popular television series that chronicles
the adventures of mutant girl superheroes: Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup. The score
for Powerpuff Girls incorporates both orchestral and electronic compositions.
The young composer scored his first two feature films last summer, Jay and Silent Bob
Strike Back, written and directed by Kevin Smith, and Iron Monkey, a film by Yuen Woo
Ping. Just as these two films are entirely different from one another, the Jay and Silent
Bob score itself gave Venable the opportunity to explore many styles. From techno to
classical film scoring, he created an original sound for the film as well as paid homage to
his favorite legendary composers. Smith calls Venable a genius.
Venable is best known for scoring The Powerpuff Girls series on Cartoon Network with his
unique blend of traditional orchestral sound and non-orchestral techno. The series is
truly fun and challenging for him because the over 500 minutes of score written for the
show includes virtually every genre of music from classical to hip hop to heavy metal.
Venable was rewarded for his efforts last year with a "Best Score" Annie Award
bestowed upon him by the International Animation Society. Some of his score is
combined with dance music on The City of Soundsville CD released on Rhino Records.
He is also currently scoring Cartoon Network's first action series called Samurai Jack,
created by Genndy Tartakovsky (creator of Dexter's Lab). Venable has also written
scores for Clerks the Cartoon, The Chimp Channel, Salty's Lighthouse, Entertainment
Tonight and Hard Copy.
Venable received a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Cal State Long Beach as a
Percussion Major. The Los Angeles native credits his composing style and ability to years
of study with the legendary Lyle Spud Murphy, composition and arranging with Jack
Smalley and percussion with John "Terry" Tirabasso. Venable is self-taught in the arena
of Midi gear and programming.