'In most film situations, the old "funny music" kind of thing is sort of passé, so I think if the film is funny anyway, which hopefully it is, you can capture the energy and all the wit and the cleverness of the movie, but without going into cartoonland.'

Personal quote

Many people expected Robert Folk to follow in John Williams' footsteps, due to Folk's known style meaning the brass themes and movements. However, the career of Folk hasn't exactly exploded the way it should be. With Police Academy and its classy theme, with the awesome action and drama themes of Toy Soldiers and with the riveting pace of Tremors (if you heard a good score in the second part of that movie, it was his), things looked good because all were favorites for the fans. But the rest didn't follow exactly the planned route and B-flicks, non interesting comedies or action films were the stock of his career from then on. Robert Folk is a good enough composer to know that he can do better and he proves that with the quality he writes often for the movies that don't warrant the attention. I hope to see him on other good movies soon and that he can produce the same quality as he so proved in the early '90.


Robert Folk started his education in the famed Julliard School in New York, were he would graduate and become a faculty member. After his degree he started to compose for TV, starting with the series Hart to Hart in 1979. However, it was the comical and hit movie Police Academy that catapulted Folk into a broader and more successful career. The Police Academy series went up to 7 films and Folk scored them all. Other highlights was the uncredited music for Tremors, the fantasy tone for NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter, the action adventure Toy Soldiers, the adventure rollicks of Beastmaster 2 and the laughs of National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1, In the Army Now and the smash hit Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. Other notable credits include Arabian Knight, Maximum Risk, Nothing to Lose, Kung Pow and Boat Trip. Robert Folk also composed and conducted various concert pieces and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. What else to know is that Folk also wrote music for the Nicholas Cage Christmas fare Trapped in Paradise. Upcoming are Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj and Vivaldi, a classical telling starring Joseph Fiennes.

Toy Soldiers

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Highlight of his career:
" Some impressive scores for films, Tremors and Toy Soldiers for instance "

The Works


Toy Soldiers


The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter


Arabian Knight

Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time

Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace

Police Academy (Bootleg)




Robert Folk: Selected Suites