Michael Giacchino (born October 10, 1967) is an American Composer who has composed music for films, video games and television, including three Creator/{{Pixar}} films. He first gained recognition for ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.

Won an Academy Award for ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' and a Emmy for ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Can be seen as a modern-day Music/JohnWilliams. Also known [[PungeonMaster for naming many of his pieces with awful puns]] and [[ProductionPosse being the usual composer]] for filmmakers Creator/JJAbrams, Creator/BradBird, Creator/MattReeves and Colin Trevorrow.

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 [[Film/HammerHorror Hammer Films]].

Much of his work for Creator/{{Pixar}} can be found on [[AwesomeMusic/{{Pixar}} Pixar's Awesome Music page]].

!!Michael Giacchino has composed for:

!!![[VideoGame Videogames]]
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' (video game)
* ''VideoGame/DonaldInMauiMallard''
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' series
** ''Call of Duty'' (2003)
** ''Call of Duty: United Offensive''
** ''Call of Duty: Finest Hour''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' (video game)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' (video game)
** ''The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer''
* ''VideoGame/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' (video game)
** ''VideoGame/WarpathJurassicPark''
* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' series
** ''Medal of Honor'' (1999)
** ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorAlliedAssault''
** ''Medal of Honor: Frontline''
** ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorVanguard''
** ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorAirborne''
* ''VideoGame/MickeyMania'' (Sega CD and [=PlayStation=])
* ''VideoGame/MuppetMonsterAdventure''
** ''Film/TheMuppetsWizardOfOz''
* ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' (video game)
* ''[[VideoGame/TaiFuWrathOfTheTiger T'ai Fu: Wrath of the Tiger]]''

!!!Live-Action TV
* ''Series/{{Alias}}''
* ''Series/{{Lost}}''
** ''Lost: Via Domus''
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}''

* ''Film/{{Phenomenon}} II''
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol''
* ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' (the "ROAR" composition heard during the film's credits)
* ''Film/SpeedRacer'' (2008)
* ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009)
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''
** ''Film/StarTrekBeyond''
* ''Film/LandOfTheLost''
* ''Series/{{Undercovers}}''
* ''Film/LetMeIn''
* ''Film/{{Mercenaries}}'' (with Chris Tilton)
* ''Film/{{Super 8}}''
* ''The Ballad of Nessie''
* ''Film/MonteCarlo''
* ''Film/FiftyFifty''
* ''Film/JohnCarter''
* ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes''
** ''Film/WarForThePlanetOfTheApes''
* ''Film/ThisIsWhereILeaveYou''
* ''Film/JurassicWorld''
* ''Film/{{Tomorrowland}}''
* ''Film/JupiterAscending''
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** ''Film/DoctorStrange2016''
** ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming''
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXRJ7ozUJb0 Opening fanfare for the Phase 3 Marvel Studios opening]]
* ''Film/RogueOne''[[note]](replaced Creator/AlexandreDesplat)[[/note]]
* ''Film/TheBookOfHenry''

* Creator/{{Pixar}}
** ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}''
* WesternAnimation/PixarShorts
** "WesternAnimation/OneManBand"
** "Lifted"
** "Partly Cloudy"
** "Day & Night"
* "WesternAnimation/HowToHookUpYourHomeTheater"
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''

!!!Other Media
* ''[[Ride/StarTours Star Tours: The Adventures Continue]]'' (pre-shows only)
* ''Ride/SpaceMountain'' (California, Hong Kong, and Paris versions)

!!Tropes 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).
** He is heavily influenced by the works of Music/JohnWilliams, as can be heard in his use of strong leitmotifs with complex orchestration. It's even apparent in his incidental music, combining strings with small but precise jabs of flutes to raise tension.
* BreakthroughHit: It was thanks to his work on the score for ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' that launched his career into what it is today.
* ComplexityAddiction: All of his music is intricately composed with many ''many'' layers being brought together. Listen to his fanfare for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXRJ7ozUJb0 Marvel's Phase 3 films]] and hear just how much is going on in 30 seconds of music.
* FutureMusic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTfK4snGyf0&feature=channel&list=UL Composed the theme]] for [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]]'s ''Ride/SpaceMountain'' that replaced Creator/DickDale's original theme in 2005.
* HurricaneOfPuns: His tracks have a serious tendency to be punny (virtually every track title in the ''Film/StarTrek'' soundtrack is a pun, usually either on the contents of a scene or on Nero's name). Because of his propensity for punny track names, his soundtracks also tend toward [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil inadvertent spoilers]].
* {{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'', ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming''), said leitmotif is usually taken from the original property.
* PsychoStrings: Used constantly.
* 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 (specially Creator/BradBird) and used to be part of [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA's.]] Amongst his regular musicians is legendary session bassist Abraham Laboriel Sr.
* PungeonMaster: At least half of his song titles will feature terrible puns. A rare aversion is ''Film/RogueOne'', whose titles are sober descriptions just like in the scores by Music/JohnWilliams. (Although Giacchino and his team ''did'' do some for fun, [[http://i.imgur.com/okvYFcC.jpg which appear in the liner notes]] with a LampshadeHanging - [[ExecutiveMeddling it may have been at the behest of Lucasfilm]]).
* RecycledSoundtrack: Numerous themes get recycled throughout his works, leading to the same theme popping up in ''Star Trek'', ''LOST'', ''The Incredibles'', ''Up'', or ''Ratatouille'' with only a slight change to fit the theme.
* RunningGag: "World's Worst..."
** "[[Film/{{Super 8}} ...Road Trip]]"
** "[[Series/{{Lost}} ...Beach Party]]"
** "[[Series/{{Lost}} ...Landscaping]]"
** "[[Series/{{Lost}} ...Car Crash]]"
** "[[Film/SpeedRacer ...Road Rage]]"
** "[[Film/MissionImpossible ...Last Four Minutes to Live]]"
** "[[Film/MissionImpossible ...Parking Valet]]"
** "[[WesternAnimation/ToyStoryOfTerror ...Curtain Call]]"
** "[[Film/{{Tomorrowland}} ...Shop Keepers]]"
** "[[WesternAnimation/{{Zootopia}} ...Animal Shelter]]"
** ...[[Film/StarTrek "Galaxy's Worst Sushi Bar"]]...
** ...[[Film/StarTrekBeyond "Scotlandís Worst Cliffhanger"]]...
** ...[[Film/DoctorStrange2016 "Astral World's Worst Killer"]].
** ...and [[Film/RogueOne "Vacation Destination"]]
*** There are also [[{{Mercenaries}} "World's Best Carpool Lane"]], [[Film/SpeedRacer "World's Best Autopia"]]
* UncommonTime: Shows up sometimes. "Escape from Muntz Mountain" on the ''Up'' soundtrack is in 5/4.