Composer Michael Giacchino’s fifth Pixar film, “Inside Out,” may have been his most challenging yet: creating music to match the emotions (Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear, Anger) inside the head of an 11-year-old girl named Riley.
“It was, at times, incredibly difficult, because the film does not pull any punches,” Giacchino says. “I have a 15-year-old daughter, who was 13 or 14 at the time we started this. Working on this film made me look at my relationship with my daughter in a way I hadn’t before.
“For me, usually, emotional music is the most quiet, simple music you can hear,” he adds — although he also used his 85-piece L.A. orchestra to create fun music for Riley’s imaginary pink-elephant friend, wild sounds for abstract thought, and dramatic variations for the more nightmarish moments inside Riley’s head.
Director Pete Docter (whose “Up” won the composer a score Oscar) says Giacchino saw a rough version of the film, “mostly on storyboards, and he just went off and started writing. He was so in tune with what I was looking for, and the film really spoke to him. He really captured what we were after.” Jon Burlingame