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Keeping sequels suave: How Michael Giacchino makes superhero music cool in ‘Incredibles 2’

Composer Michael Giacchino at the U.S. Premiere of Disney-Pixar’s
Composer Michael Giacchino at the U.S. Premiere of Disney-Pixar’s "Coco" at the El Capitan Theatre on November 8, 2017, in Hollywood, California.
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2004’s “Incredibles” was the catalyst for Michael Giacchino’s work with Pixar, and it’s clear that the composer slipped right back into the 1960’s-style groove while scoring “Incredibles 2.”

The sequel makes a comeback with Giacchino’s characteristic score of trombones, percussive beats, and blaring trumpets. With the help of writer-director Brad Bird, Giacchino wrote the lyrics to the jingles that dramatize the superhero film, including an elegant new theme for Elastigirl. The Oscar-winning composer has also worked on acclaimed films including “Ratatouille,” “Zootopia,” and “Up.” 

Michael Giacchino and timpanist Don Williams join Larry to discuss the making of the “Incredibles 2” soundtrack.

Larry also attended a scoring session and captured the live experience.


Michael Giacchino, Oscar-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning composer for many films and television series, including the new Pixar film, “Incredibles 2”

Don Williams, percussionist, composer, orchestrator and conductor; he is the timpanist for the “Incredibles 2” soundtrack