If you go down the list of Pixar films, many stick out as having memorable scores, including the Toy Story trilogy, WALL-E, and, of course, The Incredibles. The studio has released 13 feature films, but only four composers are responsible for them – Randy Newman, Michael Giacchino, Thomas Newman, and Patrick Doyle. Clearly, Pixar has developed close relationships with the composers. Newman is now returning to collaborate with Pixar once more, on next year’s film, The Good Dinosaur.
LeMoyne College newspaper, The Dolphin (via Film Music Reporter and Upcoming Pixar), reports that during a talk at the college, Newman let it slip that he would be working on the Bob Peterson-directed film, The Good Dinosaur. The composer previously scored Finding Nemo and WALL-E for Pixar, which earned him a combined three Academy Award nominations. His last major score was for Skyfall, which got him an Oscar nod for Best Original Score at this year’s ceremony.
This is certainly good news, as his previous work on Pixar films has been undoubtedly great. While Newman had only worked on Andrew Stanton-led films at the studio (Nemo and WALL-E), he should have no trouble fitting back in the creative environment at Pixar. I admire his work and am looking forward to listening to what he can conjure up for this next project.
We do not know much about the film other than the story overview given in the brief synopsis:
What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?
The Good Dinosaur is scheduled for release on May 30, 2014.