Listen to Jónsi’s ‘Sticks & Stones’ from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’

Posted by · 9:28 am · October 25th, 2010

As we did last year, we’re going to bring you as many of the Best Original Song contenders as we can this season in these “listen to” posts.  I’m going to aim for two or three per week, all leading up to the Best Original Song Tech Support column on December 9.  By then, we should have a clearer idea of the category.

We kick things off with “Sticks & Stones,” a closing credits track from DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” by Sigur Rós front man Jónsi Birgisson.  As we know, the Academy’s music branch views the original song contenders in the context of the films these days, so tunes that play over the closing credits have their work cut out for them.

Sometimes, if the credits are part of the story (i.e. “WALL-E” or “Waiting for Superman”), a song will have a fighting chance.  That will be tough for Jónsi’s track, which just plays over a traditional credit roll (albeit accompanied by handsome storybook sketches of the film’s winged serpents).

By the way, if you’re wondering what the Sigur Rós connection is to the film, co-director Dean DeBlois actually helmed a documentary on the group, “Heima,” back in 2007.  Have a listen to “Sticks & Stones” below and keep up with the original song contenders at the category’s dedicated page.

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7 responses so far

  • 1 10-25-2010 at 9:37 am

    Graysmith said...

    I love Sigur Ros but this song felt so horribly out of place, even for just the end credits. Almost as much of a miss as hiring Jay Baruchel to voice the main character.

  • 2 10-25-2010 at 9:57 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    How was Baruchel such a miss? Seemed to work out fine for me.

  • 3 10-25-2010 at 11:40 am

    Sieben said...

    Glad to see this feature returning.

  • 4 10-25-2010 at 1:10 pm

    Antonio A said...

    I saw the movie last week and enjoyed it very much (although I disliked some of the character designs). I thought Baruchel was very good; in the interviews contained in the DVD he seemed genuinely happy and honored for being in the project, so I guess that translated well to his performance. In terms of the song I like it, but it reminds me of another song of Jónsi (Go Do), I don’t know if that’s a problem in the category.

  • 5 10-25-2010 at 2:14 pm

    Graysmith said...

    Baruchel’s voice is just too distinct. I know that sounds stupid compared to someone far more famous like Tom Hanks voicing Woody in the Toy Story movies, but Baruchel’s voice for me is so much more distinct that I just found it distracting.

    There wasn’t anything wrong with the performance itself, it just didn’t feel like his voice fit the character, like they meshed. The fact that I wasn’t as over the moon about the film in general might also be a contributor.

  • 6 10-26-2010 at 2:30 am

    Jeremy said...

    I’m not a huge fan of “How to Train Your Dragon” (though I like it), but I actually thought Baruchel was perfectly cast. I recognized his voice quickly, but it didn’t bother me, perhaps because I view him as the quintessential embodiment of nerdhood, a trait that fit splendidly with his character.

    Antonio A: Something tells me that most Academy voters aren’t too familiar with Jónsi’s new album (“Go”), so that shouldn’t be an issue. I like the song, but given that it plays over the credits, I won’t be saddened if it misses.