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FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2006

COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: TEEN TITANS/LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES COMPOSERS

SAN DIEGO -- Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion and Lolita Ritmanis -- the longtime music composers at Warner Bros. Animation whose recent credits include Justice League Unlimited and Teen Titans -- are onboard for the next DC Comics-based show.

The three announced at their panel at Comic-Con International on Thursday night that they will be the music composers for Legion of Super-Heroes, the new Kids' WB! animated series.

Carter didn't want to say too much about the show but reminded con-goers that the Legion will be featured on Friday afternoon as part of the Bruce Timm panel at Comic-Con.

The musicians' likely swansong on Teen Titans will be the upcoming direct-to-video movie Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, which will be screened at Comic-Con on Saturday.

"When we finished the season we didn't want to have it be over," Ritmanis said. "We were just devastated it was over. And we hope that maybe someday there will be more.

"During the video, every last cue was like, 'Oh, I want one more last cue.'"

The film's producer, Glen Murakami, joined the panel and talk about the composers' contribution to both the show and the movie.

"These three have taught me a lot during Titans," Murakami said. "There were times on Titans I was ripping my hair out, thinking, 'This is never going to work,' but after the music was done, 'Oh, thank God.' There are so many layers and sometimes you lose sight of that. And in the end, they're kind of the ones."

Murakami noted how challenging the show could be, like in the "Terra" episode where everything is blowing up but he still wanted the music to be "kind of sad."

"Glen gave us instructions to try a range of things," Carter said. "He would say, 'If you want to be weird, make it really weird.'"

"The floodgates were open with Teen Titans," McCuistion said.

A couple clips from Trouble in Tokyo, showcasing the music, including the main title, were shown.

"We tried to make it feel different from the rest of the show," Murakami said. "We wanted to make it feel like a movie. I think I said, 'Make it bigger,' and since we're going to Tokyo, it's like Godzilla music."

One of the big difference is that the film features live musicians, rather than the in-house creation, for a bigger sound. And, of course, a film based in Tokyo featured new challenges -- like Japanese super-hero music.

"Glen told us we could have open season on the Asian thing," McCuistion said. "And I don't think we had done that on the series before."




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