An American Composer, Giacchino has composed music for films, video games and television, including three {{Pixar}} films. He first gained recognition for ''TheIncredibles''.

Won an Academy Award for ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' and a Emmy for ''Series/{{Lost}}''.

[[PungeonMaster Known for naming all of his pieces with awful puns]].

He also created the new fanfare for the [[MilestoneCelebration 100th anniversary]] Creator/{{Paramount}} [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWb9v8OB8HA logo]], along with the fanfare for the new [[HammerHorror Hammer Films]].

!!Michael Giacchino has composed for:
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' (video game)
* ''VideoGame/MickeyMania'' (Sega CD and [=PlayStation=])
* ''VideoGame/DonaldInMauiMallard''
* ''VideoGame/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' (video game)
** ''WarpathJurassicPark''
* ''MedalOfHonor'' series
** ''Medal of Honor'' (1999)
** ''Medal of Honor: Allied Assault''
** ''Medal of Honor: Frontline''
** ''Medal of Honor: Airborne''
* ''[[TheMuppets Muppet]] Monster Adventure''
** ''The Muppets' Wizard of Oz''
* ''Series/{{Alias}}''
** ''Alias'' (video game)
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' series
** ''Call of Duty'' (2003)
** ''Call of Duty: United Offensive''
** ''Call of Duty: Finest Hour''
* ''{{Phenomenon}} II''
* ''Series/{{Lost}}''
** ''Lost: Via Domus''
* ''TheIncredibles''
** ''The Incredibles'' (video game)
** ''The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer''
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol''
* ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes''
* WesternAnimation/PixarShorts
** "One Man Band"
** "Lifted"
** "Partly Cloudy"
** "Day & Night"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''
* "HowToHookUpYourHomeTheater"
* ''Film/SpeedRacer'' (2008)
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}''
* ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009)
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''
* ''Series/{{Undercovers}}''
* ''LetMeIn''
* ''{{Mercenaries}}'' (with Chris Tilton)
* ''Film/{{Super 8}}''
* ''{{Cars 2}}''
* ''The Ballad of Nessie''
* ''MonteCarlo''
* ''Film/FiftyFifty''
* ''Film/JohnCarter''

!!Trope associated with Michael Giacchino include:

* AuthorAppeal: The man loves his strings and brass sections. Expect to hear one or the other on many of his scores. (Then again, these are pretty much standard issue on most film and TV scores, but Giacchino does admittedly use them more than most).
* FutureMusic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTfK4snGyf0&feature=channel&list=UL Composed the theme]] for {{Disneyland}}'s Space Mountain that replaced DickDale's original theme in 2005.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Giacchino is in love with these. Nearly every score he writes features a few-note theme which plays constantly.
** In fairness, most film scores are built around leitmotifs, so Giacchino is hardly unusual in that regard.
** ThemeTuneCameo: In any of the films he's scored that are based on an existing property (i.e. ''Film/StarTrek'', ''Film/SpeedRacer'', ''Film/MissionImpossible''), said leitmotif is usually taken from the original property.
* ProductionPosse: He's worked with Chris Tilton (on whom the terrible pun tradition has rubbed off) on both games and television. Inversely he's part of the JJ Abrams and Pixar posses and used to be part of [[ElectronicArts EA's.]]
* PsychoStrings: Used constantly.
* PungeonMaster: At least half of his song titles will feature terrible puns.
* RecycledSoundtrack: Numerous themes get recycled throughout his works, leading to the same theme popping up in Star Trek, LOST, the Incredibles, Up, or Ratatouielle with only a slight change to fit the theme.
* RunningGag: Many of his tracks involve "World's Worst X". Examples include [[Film/{{Super 8}} "World's Worst Field Trip"]], [[Series/{{Lost}} "World's Worst Beach Party"]], [[Series/{{Lost}} "World's Worst Landscaping"]], [[Series/{{Lost}} "World's Worst Car Wash"]], [[Film/SpeedRacer "World's Worst Road Rage"]], [[Film/MissionImpossible "World's Worst Last Four Minutes to Live"]], [[Film/MissionImpossible "World's Worst Parking Valet"]], and [[Film/StarTrek "Galaxy's Worst Sushi Bar"]]. There are also [[{{Mercenaries}} "World's Best Carpool Lane"]] and [[Film/SpeedRacer "World's Best Autopia"]].
* UncommonTime: Shows up sometimes. "Escape from Muntz Mountain" on the ''Up'' soundtrack is in 5/4.