Variety looks at the career of composer John Powell. “Twenty of his 54 features have been animated. And with a resume that also includes a 2010 Oscar nomination for his soaring How to Train Your Dragon score and music for such hits as Happy Feet, three of the Ice Age movies, two Dr. Seuss entries, Kung Fu Panda and the original Shrek, it’s hard to dispute that Powell has made a lasting impression on the genre.” Powell said of his partiality towards animation, “I grew up on The Jungle Book, Warner Bros. cartoons, and Tom and Jerry. I love the artistry of animation, and I prefer the stories. It’s much more joyful. Live-action is just so much about people fighting all the time.”