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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Tim Simonec

Co-Orchestrated by:
Peter Boyer
Jennifer Hammond
Jack Hayes
Larry Kenton
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Walt Disney Records
(May 26th, 2009)

(Promotional Albums)

Walt Disney Records/
Intrada Records
(June 28th, 2011)
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The original 2009 Disney album was a digital download release only. The two longer, promotional CDs ("Cast and Crew" and "For Your Consideration") began circulating in the secondary market in late 2009, selling for over $300 in auctions. The 2011 Disney/Intrada CD, identical to the 2009 download album contents, sold for $20 and is limited to 10,000 copies.
Winner of an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA award, and two Grammy awards (the score overall and the track "Married Life").
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Buy it... if your heart was broken by the tragic whimsy of Michael Giacchino's theme for the primary couple in the context of Up, its combination of vintage jazz and waltz rhythms both affably light-hearted and remarkably intimate at the forefront of the film's mix.

Avoid it... if you expect the compressed, download-only album presentation of this score to do any justice to the dynamic range of the original recording, in which case you'd be better advised to seek the tardy 2011 CD album with identical contents.
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WRITTEN 1/25/10, REVISED 8/2/11
Up: (Michael Giacchino) The tenth feature film for Pixar, Up grossed more at the box office than all of their projects except Finding Nemo, with a critical response as positive as audience reactions. The summer 2009 fantasy sparked not only $700 million worldwide, but also a wide range of major awards consideration. Its story of five years in the making avoided the pitfalls one might expect of a film with an elderly main character and soared with a heart big enough to compensate for its outrageous fallacies of logic. A pair of young aspiring adventurers in the 1930's, Carl and Ellie, marries and grows old without realizing their dreams of traveling to paradise (which is, in this case, in Venzuela), leading to the stubborn resentment of the world by Carl in the aftermath of Ellie's death and the encroachment of the big city on his house. Before a retirement home can claim him, he takes one last adventure via tens of thousands of helium balloons, lifting him, his house, and (unwittingly) a boy with his own dreams of adventure into the air. Upon landing close to his intended paradise in South America, Carl happens across his inspiration from the 30's, a real-life adventurer named Charlie Muntz who has hidden his vintage blimp in the area and continues his search for rare species of animals. The absurdity of the plot is its most lovable attraction (unless you're the type to count logical fallacies in your movies, in which case this one will make you weep for a different reason), though there is no doubt that for those expecting pure escapism, Up has more than its fair share of truly depressing scenes. It is a tear-inducing, bittersweet film in every regard, Carl finally realizing the round-about resolution of his dream but perpetually reminded of the absence of his soulmate. Pivotal at the forefront of the mix in several scenes during the film is Michael Giacchino's easy-going and sentimental music. His third score for Pixar, Up also represents one of three nearly concurrent major releases for Giacchino in the summer of 2009, an impressive period of successful activity the likes of which he would not experience again for several years.

While less substantial in many ways than Star Trek and Land of the Lost, Up is the 2009 entry that garnered the most attention for the young composer, surprisingly earning him the complete array of major awards (including a Grammy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Oscar, as well as the top nod from the dominant film music critics' group, the IFMCA), a feat only accomplished by classics in the ranks of Star Wars: A New Hope and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Despite this success, even compared to The Incredibles and Ratatouille, this score is something of a lightweight for its majority, its source of inspiration a little more nebulous for casual viewers. Regardless of its usually feathery disposition, Giacchino's music occupies an important role in several scenes during which the score is uninhibited by dialogue or effects, maximizing its impact despite maintaining a relatively low volume. A floating sense of whimsy and plucky comedy in form of vintage jazz is the foundation for Giacchino's music, though the score's primary theme is anchored by the wholesome, intimate personality of a waltz that Rachel Portman enthusiasts may recognize in terms of affable character and piano and woodwind swing. The composer referred to Up as something of an opera to him, leading to a few themes identified specifically with characters. The most important of these themes is Ellie's, for not only does her personality drive the relationship in its early scenes, but her loss is so devastating to Carl that he is largely devoid of his own clear musical identity. There is a 20's-style jazz theme that opens and closes the film and could be considered the likable heart of a grumpy old man, though Up, both in plot and music, is guided by Ellie's dreams and representative theme. The transformation of Ellie's theme from "We're in the Club Now" (with its awkward merging of jazz instrumentation and waltz movements) to the lengthy "Married Life" and "Carl Goes Up" is perhaps the overarching highlight, albeit restrained for most of that time. Giacchino eventually runs wild with Ellie's theme in "Up With End Credits," translating the idea from older vintage tones through the decades of pop-culture percussion and swing.

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Mike needs to ditch Dan Wallin ASAP.   Expand >>
hewhomustnotbenamed - September 8, 2011, at 5:52 a.m.
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Newest: September 30, 2011, at 11:39 Scott B.
Soundtrack fits the movie well
GaBorn62 - June 8, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.
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Lousy, depressing, violent music   Expand >>
Cathy - March 9, 2010, at 3:13 p.m.
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Newest: June 21, 2010, at 6:59 Richard Kleiner
Muntz' Theme & Russel's Theme
Will - February 23, 2010, at 7:20 a.m.
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Someone's pissed about Avatar losing to Up   Expand >>
Richard Kleiner - February 22, 2010, at 8:27 p.m.
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Newest: June 10, 2010, at 3:15 Whisky #7
Great review christian! But i disagree with some of your views...   Expand >>
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Audio Samples   ▼
2009/2011 Disney Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 53:21
• 1. Up With Titles (0:53)
• 2. We're in the Club Now (0:43)
• 3. Married Life (4:10)
• 4. Carl Goes Up (3:33)
• 5. 52 Chachki Pickup (1:14)
• 6. Paradise Found (1:03)
• 7. Walkin' the House (1:03)
• 8. Three Dog Dash (0:51)
• 9. Kevin Beak'n (1:14)
• 10. Canine Conundrum (2:03)
• 11. The Nickel Tour (0:52)
• 12. The Explorer Motel (1:26)
• 13. Escape from Muntz Mountain (2:43)
• 14. Giving Muntz the Bird (1:57)
• 15. Stuff We Did (2:13)
• 16. Memories Can Weigh You Down (1:22)
• 17. The Small Mailman Returns (3:11)
• 18. He's Got the Bird (0:29)
• 19. Seizing the Spirit of Adventure (5:19)
• 20. It's Just a House (1:59)
• 21. The Ellie Badge (1:30)
• 22. Up With End Credits (7:38)
• 23. The Spirit of Adventure - performed by Craig Copeland (2:30)
• 24. Carl's Maiden Voyage* (0:52)
• 25. Muntz's Dark Reverie* (0:52)
• 26. Meet Kevin in the Jungle* (1:32)
* bonus sound effects track
2009 Cast and Crew Promo Tracks   ▼Total Time: 76:50
2009 "Consideration" Promo Tracks   ▼Total Time: 71:07

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There exists no formal packaging for the 2009 release. The 2009 promotional albums contain only simplistic, single sleeve inserts. The 2011 Disney/Intrada album contains retro-styled artwork, a description of each of the characters, notes from the director and composer, and photography from the recording sessions.
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