Wonder. It’s the magic that leads us deeper into Diagon Alley and makes us yearn for our own portal to Narnia. If you’re having difficulty evoking this feeling in your writing, you’re not alone. Test out some of these film score tracks and see if they spark your own sense of wonder.
You will notice that many of the pieces listed here are either opening themes or works from children’s films. This is no accident. Just like in a novel, the opening of a film must draw us into a world, make us want to know more. Similarly, in order to capture and keep children’s attention, films for younger audiences (many of them animated) must spark the imagination with—you guessed it—wonder.
So if you’re in need of additional inspiration, look for opening themes and film scores from children’s movies. You’re sure to find a wealth of options.
Main Titles From Belle
Composed by Rachel Portman
2. Alice’s Theme from Alice in Wonderland
Composed by Danny Elfman
3. Salamander Eyes from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Crimes of Grindewald
Composed by James Newton Howard
4. Mahoney’s Debut from Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
Composed by Alexandre Desplat and Aaron Zigman
5. The Wardrobe from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe
Composed by Harry Gregson-Williams
6. An Unexpected Party from The Hobbit
Composed by Howard Shore
7. Elsa and Anna from Frozen
Composed by Thomas Beck
8. The Costume Institute from The First Monday in May
Composed by Ian Hultquist and Sofia Hultquist
9. I did knock from nanny mcphee
Composed by Patrick Doyle
10. Prologue (Through The Wall) from Stardust
Composed by Ilan Eshkeri
Photo by Artem Sapegin