4Kids Entertainment / FOX – 2004 / 2006
Music Editor & Composer:
Like most of the 4Kids productions/shows, the first 8 – 10 episodes were produced with wall to wall original score. That audio was then distributed to all the music editors.
As music editor, it was up to me to set up my own file management system with these existing cues and in all sense of the word, re-compose / edit them back into the rest of the episodes for the remainder of the series. I also composed original score when needed.
A show like this could easily have 100 episodes in it’s lifetime before going into reruns or syndication. Some go well into the 100’s and even turn into full length movies, as did Disney’s Recess Animated Motion Picture “School’s Out”. I was music editor for composer Denis Hannigan on 8 Recess episodes as well as the movie.
“One Piece” is Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. Manga are comics created in or by Japanese creators that conform to a style of cartooning that was developed in Japan in the late 19th century.
Manga is popular with people of all ages in Japan. One Piece became the highest circulating manga series in 2008 and is currently ranked as the best selling series in manga history of all time.
4Kids Entertainment acquired the license to distribute the series in North America in 2004. The series, featuring original music and English narrative, premiered in the U.S. on September 18, 2004 on the Fox network and later aired on the Cartoon Network. In December 2006, 4Kids announced that they were canceling the series.
In an interview with Mark Kirk, the Vice President of Digital Media for 4Kids Entertainment, Mr. Kirk explained that “One Piece” had been acquired as part of a package deal and that the company had not actually watched any of the series before acquiring it. 4Kids realized that the series would not work with their intended demographic and decided to edit the show to appeal to a children’s audience.