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Giacchino Appreciation Post
• Posted by: jjstarA113   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 9:58 a.m.
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• Now Playing: Michael Giacchino - Zootopia

Since the inevitable was announced yesterday for Lightyear, much of us - including me - were being hard on Michael Giacchino for snagging a Pixar film for the eighth time and not really exciting us the way he used to. So I figured I should start an appreciation thread for the guy, because he is a very talented composer indeed.

I rewatched Zootopia recently, and I realized how much I really like that score, and I always felt it was unfairly maligned by film music critics back in 2016. On my daily walk this morning I listened to the soundtrack and really dug the insane amount of style he put into the music, with the funky Nick Wilde theme, the lively percussion, and how each part of Zootopia is given a distinct genre. The suspense and action music, which I feel like Giacchino has sometimes been weak at in recent years, works very well for what is as much a dark crime thriller as it is an animal comedy. I love how seriously he takes this story, which is rather thematically heavy for a Disney family film.

Contrary to how I felt about Lightyear, I was a little disappointed that Giacchino was NOT doing Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, since his score for the first Doctor Strange is one of my favorites of his, with one of his best themes. Thankfully he was able to reprise that material for Spider-Man: No Way Home, and for me the cues where the Doctor Strange theme mingled with Spider-Man's were the highlights of the score.

Also, has anyone heard that sci-fi concept album of his: Travelogue Volume 1? One of his most inspired compositions in years. Would like to know if any of y'all have heard it, and what other Giacchino music you love!

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