Based on the award-winning children’s novel by Paula Noronen, Super Furball tells the story of Emilia whose chance encounter with a guinea pig gives her special powers which she must learn to use. The classic superhero origin story is given a furry twist and an empowering message as Emilia not only uses her gift to stand up to bullies at school, but also solves an environmental crisis that poses a danger to her home in Helsinki.
“Super Furball is a really interesting take on the superhero genre as a film very grounded in urban reality,” explains composer Panu Aaltio about the story and his approach to scoring it. ”The reluctant hero Emilia is forced to balance her new powers with regular life. Standing up against bullies to defend her friend in school seems even harder than saving the town with super powers. From a scoring perspective this presented a huge variety of scenes, so I had an incredibly fun time working with director Joona Tena on finding out how big hero themes, fantasy sequences, comedic moments and small drama all come together.”
Super Furball marks the sixth MovieScore Media release with Panu Aaltio for whom the label released the acclaimed Tale of a Forest (2012) and Tale of Lake (2016), both of which won the Best Original Score for a Documentary award of the IFMCA. The string of collaborations include The Home of Dark Butterflies (2009), Finland’s official submission for the 2009 Academy Awards and the epic Dawn of the Dragonslayer (2009) and the Greece-set adventure score The Island of Secrets (2015). Training as a cellist since the age of six, Aaltio also studied music technology and classical composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and film music at the University of Southern California where he received the Harry Warren scholarship for Excellence in Film Scoring.
The digital version of Super Furball is released on all digital platforms by MovieScore Media, with the CD version of the album coming in May from Quartet Records.
MMS18001 • SUPER FURBALL (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by PANU AALTIO
Release date (digital): March 9, 2018
Release date (CD): May, 2018 (Quartet Records)