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TELEVISION & RADIO; Unchained melodies; In scoring the kids' show `The Wonder Pets!,' top-notch composers get a warm and fuzzy feeling.
Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Childrens television; Musicians & conductors; Television programs -- Wonder Pets!, The
Author: Heffley, Lynne
Date: Mar 3, 2006
Start Page: E.29
Section: Calendar; Part E; Calendar Desk
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Created by Josh Selig and his company, Little Airplane Productions Inc., "The Wonder Pets!" is shaped around themes of teamwork and problem-solving as the Wonder Pets -- Linny the Guinea Pig, Turtle Tuck and Ming-Ming Duckling -- travel the globe, go into space and head back in time, helping baby animals in distress.

Larry Hochman, a Tony nominee for his orchestrations of "Monty Python's Spamalot," the "Fiddler on the Roof" revival and "A Class Act," is the "Wonder Pets!' " resident composer. He set the series' recurring key themes and has composed for several episodes, finding inspiration in Prokofiev, Mahler, Wagner, Richard Strauss, John Williams and, his "jumping off point," Rossini.

Lopez, who won a Tony for the adult "Avenue Q," took yet another approach. Like [Jason Robert Brown], Lopez was sold on "The Wonder Pets!" at first sight. "It had me hooked from the opening bars."

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