Kevin Manthei
Born1970 (age 50–51)[1]

Kevin Manthei (born 1970 in Maplewood, Minnesota) is an American composer for film, television, and video games.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Manthei grew up in Minnesota. He played the piano in his youth and played the trumpet in high school. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory and Composition. He also studied at the University of Southern California under Jerry Goldsmith. He has collaborated with other graduates of the program, Christophe Beck and Marco Beltrami, writing additional music for Beck on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other shows, and composing additional music for Beltrami on films including Scream 2, Scream 3, The Faculty, Scary Movie 2 and Resident Evil.[2]

Manthei began his game writing career working on titles such as Panzer General II, Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption, Sacrifice, Wizardry 8, Twisted Metal: Black. His other work on video game titles includes Kung Fu Panda, Marvel Universe Online, Upshift Strikeracer, Xiaolin Showdown, Ultimate Spider-Man, City of Villains, The Sims 2, StarCraft: Ghost, Shrek 2, Silent Hunter II, and Shark Tale.

For his work on Invader Zim, Manthei received an Annie Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music for an animated series.[3] Invader Zim also led to Xiaolin Showdown for Warner Brothers Animation as well as Brandy & Mr. Whiskers for Disney. In scoring with Warner Brothers' television series Johnny Test, he wrote the emo punk inspired main title and score to the first season. Manthei also created music for shows like Cartoon Network's Generator Rex and Adult Swim's Robot Chicken.

Manthei has also worked on scores for independent filmmakers such as The 24th Day. He wrote the music for the feature films Justice League: The New Frontier and Batman: Gotham Knight and scored the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man.[4]

Scores[edit | edit source]

Film projects[edit | edit source]

Project Studio
Batman: Gotham Knight Warner Brothers Pictures
Justice League: The New Frontier Warner Brothers Pictures
Lapse NYU Thesis
The 24th Day Screen Media Films
Milo Sterling Home Entertainment
Redemption High Digital Entertainment Network
Resident Evil Sony Pictures *
Scary Movie 2 Dimension Films *
Dracula 2000 Dimension Films *
Scream 3 Dimension Films *
The Faculty Dimension Films *
Scream 2 Dimension Films *
Deep Impact DreamWorks SKG *
Crossworlds Trimark Pictures *
Cursed Dimension Films trailer
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Warner Brothers trailer
Gangs of New York Miramax trailer
They Dimension Films trailer
Below Dimension Films trailer
Spy Kids Miramax trailer
The Yards Miramax trailer
Imposter Dimension Films trailer
Air Force One Sony Pictures/sequencing
Scream Dimension Films/sequence orch.
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Dimension Films/sequencing
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest Paramount Studios/synth programming
* additional music

Television projects[edit | edit source]

Project Studio
Ultimate Spider-Man Disney XD
Generator Rex Cartoon Network
Random! Cartoons Nickelodeon
The Bubbas Comedy Central/Film Roman Pilot
The Wizzard of Krudd Nickelodeon Animated Short
Johnny Test Warner Brothers animated series
Season 1 only
Xiaolin Showdown Warner Brothers animated series
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Disney animated series
Invader Zim Nickelodeon animated series
Robot Chicken Adult Swim animated series
Tuesdays with Morrie ABC prime time movie *
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Warner Brothers action series *
The Pretender NBC action drama series *
Mr. & Mrs Smith CBS action spy prime time *
Dellaventura CBS detective drama series *
Turning Point ABC news magazine *
Second Noah ABC family drama prime time *
F/X The Series Syndicated action series *
Land's End Syndicated detective drama *
Pigs Sty United Paramount Network *
Mixels Cartoon Network
Transformers: Robots in Disguise Cartoon Network
Ben 10 Cartoon Network
Villainous Cartoon Network
Omnibus Laika

Video game projects[edit | edit source]

Game Developer
Star Trek Online Cryptic Studios/Atari
Champions Online Cryptic Studios/Atari
Shrek's Carnival Craze DreamWorks/Activision
Kung Fu Panda DreamWorks/Activision
Marvel Universe Online Cryptic Studios/Microsoft
Upshift Strikeracer Gala-Net
Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts! DreamWorks/Amaze
Xiaolin Showdown Konami/BottleRocket Entertainment
Ultimate Spider-Man (video game) Activision / Treyarch
Shrek SuperSlam Activision / Shaba
The Sims 2 PSP Electronic Arts / Amaze
City of Villains NCSoft / Cryptic Studios
StarCraft: Ghost Nihilistic Software/Blizzard
Shark Tale Activision / DreamWorks
Nancy Drew series – 26 titles Her Interactive
Shrek 2 Activision / DreamWorks
Pitfall: The Lost Expedition Activision / Edge of Reality
Kill Switch Namco
Dead to Rights Namco
New Legends Infinite Machine/THQ
Destroyer Command Ultimation / SSI / Mattel Interactive
Twisted Metal: Black Sony
Silent Hunter II Ultimation / SSI / Mattel Interactive
Wizardry 8 Sir Tech Canada
Sacrifice Shiny Entertainment / Interplay
Panzer General III: Scorched Earth SSI / Mattel Interactive
Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption Nihilistic Software / Activision
Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim Cyberlore Studios / Hasbro Interactive
Deer Hunt Challenge Electronic Arts - EA Outdoor Sports
Championship Bass Electronic Arts - EA Outdoor Sports
Ultimate Hunt Challenge Electronic Arts - EA Outdoor Sports
Championship Bass Electronic Arts - EA Outdoor Sports
The Next Tetris DLX Blue Planet Software - Japanese release
Army Men: Sarge's Heroes Studio 3DO
Panzer General 3D Assault SSI / Mattel Interactive
Jagged Alliance 2 Sir-Tech Software / TalonSoft
Kings Quest 8: Mask of Eternity Sierra On-Line
Panzer General II Strategic Simulations (SSI)
People's General Strategic Simulations (SSI)
Civilization II: Fantastic Worlds MicroProse
Indian in the Cupboard Viacom New Media

References[edit | edit source]

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  3. [3] August 9, 2009
  4. [4] Official Bio

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