Michael Giacchino Interview: Lightyear | splash screen

Light year It takes audiences to infinity and beyond this weekend, like the new Pixar movie Toy Story For the man behind the game that inspired a generation. Touted as Andy’s favorite movie in the universe, Light year It’s part of the franchise that started in 1995, but it’s part of the world of the first movie, telling the original story of the character who became Buzz Lightyear.

for this reason, Light year He takes on a space opera feel, heralds the brave space explorer and replaces icon Tim Allen with a new voice to tackle the character: Chris Evans. Light year It also features audio shows From Kiki Palmer, Peter Son, Taika Waititi, Del Souls, James Brolin and Uzo Aduba. But perhaps the most epic part is the score, written by the legendary Michael Giacchino, who has worked on every franchise in the universe of Batman to me Jurassic World: Dominion.


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rattling screen: I’ve done Pixar before, I’ve done Star Wars before – shout out to rogue one Result – this sounds like a combination of the two. How do you deal with something like this?

Michael Giacchino: This was quite a mix of all the space operas and TV shows that I loved growing up. It’s Star Trek, it’s Star Wars, it’s aliens. It’s all. All of these things blended together into one adorable little love letter to the universe that includes all the things that inspired me growing up. In that sense, it was so much fun to be able to dive into this world, to have such strong characters in a movie. Between Buzz, Izzy, Zurg, Sox, and all that stuff; Being able to play in this world is the best.

I love Toy Story. Amazing game story. And this is a corner of the universe that we’ve been able to get into and still do whatever we want to do. We were not bound by anything from the past. It was all new. this world. This was really one of the most fun aspects of working with friends who are so obsessed with all things sci-fi that I loved growing up. So, it was like playing with your friends. It was fun.

Speaking of geeky, do you do Easter eggs in your score? Is there anything at Lightyear we can listen to?

Michael Giacchino: On Lightyear, there’s one go-ahead for the old Star Trek series. This kind of happens in the first five minutes of the movie, so look for that. It is hidden, but it is there.

But I’ll always hide the little things here and there, and it’s always fun to see people go, “Hey, did you hear about that? Because that was weird.” They pick it up, and then you find out who the real fans are; People who can identify these little things that you put out there. You’re like, “Nobody will ever notice this thing,” and then the next thing you know, someone is like, “Hey, wait a minute!” So, people listen. They are listening.

Do you have your all-time favorite Easter egg that fans are really drawn to?

Michael Giacchino: There Was One Fun Lost. There was an episode where they were dealing with this sub, and there was an idea in an old video game that I called Medal of Honor. There was a submarine, and it had its own shape and its own theme. And I kind of alluded to that in Lost.

Then I thought, “No one will ever notice it.” But then the next day after it was broadcast online, a group of people said, “Did you hear that thing? It sounded like something from the Medal of Honor.” And I was like, “Okay!”

At some point, I put it there. for fun. Let’s just see if they noticed, and did. But there is always a reason for these connections. If you do, there is always an objective reason for it. It’s not just because; There is always a reason behind it.

One thing I’ve noticed that I don’t know if you’ve ever seen is the presence of the full orchestra in the film’s credits. I thought this was really cool. Do you know what happened in that?

Michael Giacchino: It’s just the decision that has to be made. Someone has to say, “Yeah, let’s do that,” and then we can do it. We’ve done this a few times over the years – not much, much less than we’ve already done – but I’m very proud of it.

Because when you think of the musicians in these tracks, these musicians have trained their whole life to be as good as they are so that you can throw whatever music you want on them, and so that they can play it perfectly without a problem. This is the amount of intense and intense work it takes to be able to achieve what you do well. The fact that their names don’t usually appear is a crime to me.

Music is a powerful part of what makes movies work, both the sound in general and the music. Their exclusion has always made me sad, so when we’re able to do that, I love it. it’s great.

I thought this was really cool. I was at the premiere, but I think that moment got the biggest cheers from the audience.

Michael Giacchino: Yes. Maybe it was because I invited a group of them there. So, there were people. It means a lot to them to be able to see it. Usually, they are anonymous.

You’re directing an upcoming Marvel’s Halloween special, which will be really soon, and we don’t really know much about it. Are there any updates you can give us?

Michael Giacchino: We kept it a very secret, but…

You look to the side, like…

Michael Giacchino: We’re working hard on that. We’re still in the middle of it, and you’ll be learning a lot very soon…what can I say.

It was fun, though. I have been enjoying.

I have seen all of Thor: Love and Thunder, I suppose. I can not wait.

Michael Giacchino: Oh, yeah. So many times I had to watch it. yes. [Laughs]

Light year Summary


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Legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure alongside ambitious recruits Izzy, Mo, Darby and his robot companion Sox. As this diverse crew tackles their toughest mission yet, they must learn to work together as a team to escape evil Zurg and his obedient robot army that never lags behind.

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Light year It arrives in theaters June 17.

  • Light year (2022)Release date: June 17, 2022

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