Michael Giacchino first became a household name when he scored the 2004 smash hit The Incredibles. Other credits include The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz (2005), Mission Impossible III (2006) and Ratatouille (2007), the last of which earned him his first Academy Award nomination. But it wasn’t until Up (2009), that Giacchino finally earned an Oscar for one of his scores.
And it was a win that was well-deserved. If you haven’t seen Up, it tells the story of Carl Fredricksen, an elderly widower who is determined to fill a promise to his late wife to move their longtime home to Paradise Falls in South America. He does this by turning the house into a giant airship (via hundreds if not thousands of balloons) that eventually does arrive at its destination. But once Carl, and accidental stowaway Russell arrive, the adventure is only just beginning.
A lot of people know Giacchino primarily for his work on the rebooted Star Trek films, and also eagerly await his first Star Wars score, but his work on animated films is equally important. So if you haven’t seen Up or heard its great music, please go check it out, and also enjoy watching Giacchino receive a just reward for a gorgeous score. -Becky
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