Episode 75: Lee Unkrich & Darla Anderson On The Music Of Pixar

Feb 02, 2018, 06:32 PM

We have more exponents of world-class animation in our latest episode of Soundtracking in partnership with the EE BAFTAs, this time from Disney Pixar.

Having just spoken to Nick Park, we're delighted to be joined by two key figures from the studios - writer / director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla Anderson.

Having previously joined forces for Toy Story 3, Lee and Darla's latest project is the wonderful Coco.

Coco follows 12-year old Mexican, Miguel, a would-be musician who is accidentally transported to the land of the dead, where he seeks the help of his great-great grandfather to return to his family in the land of the living.

Like so many of Pixar's previous offerings, it has gone down a storm with both critics and audiences - with a 97 per cent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and gross worldwide takings of $700 million to date.

Music is central to the narrative. As well as original compositions performed by the characters, there's a rich score from Pixar stalwart Michael Giacchino. You'll hear plenty of Michael's work throughout the conversation, not to mention pieces by Thomas Newman, Randy Newman and more.