John Powell

Composer of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Source: Frazer Harrison | Getty Images

Source: Frazer Harrison | Getty Images

John Powell was catapulted into the realm of A-list composers by displaying an entirely original voice with his oft-referenced scores to the Matt Damon Bourne trilogy. He has become the go-to writer for family animated films, scoring such hits as Shrek, Chicken Run, Ice Age (2 & 3), Bolt, Rio, Happy Feet (1 & 2) and Kung Fu Panda (1 & 2). His pulsating action music has provided the fuel for Hancock, Green Zone, Stop Loss, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and The Italian Job. His music has also sweetened the romance of Two Weeks Notice and P.S. I Love You, empowered X-Men: The Last Stand, lent tenderness to I Am Sam and gripping drama to United 93.

His infectious score for How to Train Your Dragon earned him his first Academy Award nomination. Powell has also lent his voice to the score of Dr. Seuss’ The LoraxIce Age 4: Continental Drift,Rio 2, directed by Carlos Saldanha, and the critically acclaimed DreamWorks’ film How To Train Your Dragon 2. His work can be found in Warner Bros.’ Pan starring Hugh Jackman, Universal Pictures’ action-thriller Jason Bourne starring Matt Damon and Fox’s Oscar-nominated animated feature Ferdinand. Most recent for Powell was Disney’s highly anticipated Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard. Upcoming for Powell includes DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World directed by Dean DeBlois.

A native of London, Powell was an accomplished violinist as a child, wrote music for commercials out of school, and assisted composer Patrick Doyle in the early 1990s. He moved to the U.S. in 1997, co-wrote the score for Antz, and quickly became one of the most desirable, versatile, and exciting composers in town.

Pop Disciple Podcast John Powell Composer Score Film Music How To Train Your Dragon The Hidden World

Listen to How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World soundtrack.


Watch the trailer for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.


This episode of The Pop Disciple Podcast is hosted by Paul Goldowitz.

Production, Editing, Mixing, Mastering | Paul Goldowitz
Select Cues Throughout Episode | John Powell
The Pop Disciple Podcast Theme and Outro Music | Paul Goldowitz

Special thanks to John Powell and Costa Communications.