Saturday, February 12, 2011

A chat with Randy Newman (and a Pixar flashback)

February 12, 2011

Forgive me for not posting here too often lately, but I think this post will make up  for it. You see, Friday, I had the distinct pleasure of talking to one of the great singer-songwriters and film composers, Randy Newman. He is coming to Middletown, Ohio for a concert on Feb. 19, which I will attend. Linked here is my interview with him for the Middletown Journal.

As I suspected, it was a lot of fun to talk to him, and he came across as a very down-to-earth guy who happened to have a sardonic sense of humor. This was a particular honor for me, not only because of Newman's status alone, but because he was the third man I'd spoken to who worked for Pixar. Newman has composed the music for most of Pixar's movies, including all three Toy Story films, a bug's life, Monsters, Inc. and Cars.

Alas he's not written the score for this summer's Cars 2. That would have been ideal to talk to him about that   and have that part of the interview released in June, along with the film. However, Michael Giacchino has written the score for Cars 2, probably because of its international/spy caper themes, whereas Newman's music has a much more Americana vibe. All very understandable, though.

For those of you who may have missed it, or for those who'd like another look, here is my other Pixar interview, with Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera, the director/producer, respectively of Up. This post also contains a video of my interviews. I've always been rather proud of the fact that Docter liked my query about what he and his fellow filmmakers took away from Up.

Enjoy! I sure did!

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