Michael Giacchino Incredibles 2

Brad Bird has made it official, and tweeted out a video showing his long time collaborator Michael Giacchino signing the contract to return to score The Incredibles 2. Hit the jump to see that video.


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Over the last few years it seems John Lasseter has been able to emulate many of the elements that have made Pixar a success and bring Walt Disney Animation back to its glory. With Walt Disney Animation’s next feature film Zootopia, they will be borrowing composer Michael Giacchino.

Giacchino broke out huge when Brad Bird brought him to Pixar for The Incredibles — I know I’ve been a fan of the man’s music beginning at that point. The composer has since worked on a number of Pixar’s features including Ratatouille, Up, Cars 2, and Inside Out as well as nine Pixar animated short films. This is actually not the first time Giacchino has worked with Walt Disney Animation Studios, as he composed the music on the great 2007 Goofy short film How to Hook Up Your Home Theater at time when Lasseter was trying to emulate Pixar’s short films over at Disney Animation.

Hit the jump to learn more about the Michael Giacchino Zootopia score.

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Mondo Jurassic World vinyl release

Mondo previously released John WilliamsJurassic Park soundtrack on a beautiful limited edition vinyl release featuring art by JC Richards and Dan McCarthy. Now Mondo have revealed their sequel, a vinyl pressing of Michael Giacchino‘s Jurassic World score featuring original cover artwork by Stan & Vince. See and learn about the the limited edition Mondo Jurassic World vinyl release after the jump.
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Inside Out Premiere crop

Pete Docter has been making movies for almost thirty years. In that time, he’s directed three features. Two of those have been produced by Jonas Rivera. One of those films won the Oscar for Best Animated Film. The latest one might do the same.

That latest film is Inside Out, Pixar’s 15th creation, which is now in theaters. Co-written and directed by Doctor and produced by Rivera, it follows five emotions inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl. As a follow up to both Monsters Inc., Docter’s first film, and Up, Rivera and Docter’s first team-up, Inside Out already has a ton to live up to. Then there’s the fact it’s the first Pixar movie since 2013, and the first original property since 2012. That’s a ton of expectations on top of the already-high bar Pixar has set in the past 20 years.

Speaking with Docter and Rivera, we talked about those expectations. We also talked about how large the movie got before focusing it down, developing the story, animation challenges, Saturday Night Live, Michael Giacchino and theme parks. It’s a wide spreading conversation, which you can now read below. Read More »

Jurassic World score

UPDATEEntertainment Weekly has posted two more tracks from Michael Giacchino’s, John Williams-influenced, score to Jurassic World. Listen to them after the jump.

With Avengers and Tomorrowland now in theaters, most fans look to Colin Trevorrow for the summer’s next big blockbuster. That would be Jurassic World, opening June 12, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, among others.

One of the many, many things that made the Steven Spielberg original such a unmitigated classic was the iconic, amazing score by John Williams. Williams was unavailable this time around (working on a small little space movie) and the task of bringing music back to the park fell to the capable baton of Michael Giacchino. The Oscar-winning composer said he’d be using some of Williams’ themes along with his own new work and you can now hear a bit of what that sounds like. Two tracks from Giacchino’s Jurassic World score are online. Listen to them below. Read More »

Jurassic World interview Colin Trevorrow

On July 21st 2014, I was lucky to visit the New Orleans set of Jurassic World. (You can read a list of over 50 things I learned on the Jurassic World set here.) While on set, we got the chance to have an extensive sit-down interview with Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, which was conducted during the crew lunch break on a recreation of the famous visitors center from Jurassic Park. (A location which, in the film’s story, is now abandoned.) Producer Frank Marshall joined us late in the conversation.

Our conversation spanned a variety of topics, including the use of performance capture to create the dinosaurs in the new film, the idea of Weird Al having a song in the new film, bringing an independent style to the shoot, and the evolution of the Jurassic Park 4 script over the last ten years. We went into the reasons for the infamous production delay, input from Steven Spielberg, and what to expect from the new dino species.

There were fun details, too, like how a conversation with his son about Star Wars resulted in major change to the script, allegories to Black Fish and Sea World, the dinosaur stand-ins on set, and how Brad Bird not directing Star Wars resulted in Steven Spielberg finding Colin.

As I said before, the interview is extensive and so you’ll want to carve out some time to read this. Trust me, its good.

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Michael Giacchino - R2-Me2

If you’ve been to a convention, odds are you spent some time drooling at a Sideshow Collectibles booth. Their large convention space consists of glass cases filled with the kind of high-end collectibles and figures most of us only dream of owning. Last weekend’s Star Wars Celebration was no different. Sideshow had a beautiful booth filled with goregeous merchandise. However, one big different this time was a huge selection of R2-D2’s that had been customized by various artists.

The exhibit was called R2-Me2 and consisted of efforts from almost 100 different artists – including composer Michael Giacchino – each using R2-D2 as a canvas for various interpretation of the character. Below, see a few our of favorite R2-Me2 images. Read More »

Toy Story That Time Forgot

At Comic-Con, I usually spend most of my days camped out in the big convention hall Hall H (some people call it “Hall Hell”) but this year I spent Thursday pursuing some Pixar and Disney presentations in some of the smaller halls. First up was a presentation on Pixar’s upcoming holiday special Toy Story That Time Forgot. After the jump you can find out what I learned about the next installment of the Toy Story series.

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Matt Reeves Michael Giacchino Reddit AMA

When two popular filmmakers hop on Reddit together, anything can happen. And lots did happen Wednesday night when Matt Reeves and Michael Giacchino did a simultaneous AMA to promote the excellent Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

First up, the director dropped some super-interesting information about the making of the film and how he plans on working toward the 1968 original. Later, he got Giacchino to confirm he’ll be back for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2, or whatever it’ll be called. Both said they’d love to do a Star Wars movie (as long as they could do it together), and talked about future projects like The Invisible Woman and Jurassic World, the work load possible for a composer and so much more. It was a lively, interactive AMA and we’ve got some of the highlights below. Read More »