An American Composer, Giacchino has composed music for films, video games and television, including three Pixar
films. He first gained recognition for The Incredibles
Won an Academy Award for Up
and a Emmy for LOST
.Known for naming all of his pieces with awful puns
He also created the new fanfare for the 100th anniversary Paramount logo
, along with the fanfare for the new Hammer Films
Michael Giacchino has composed for:
Trope associated with Michael Giacchino include:
- Author Appeal: 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).
- Future Music: Composed the theme for Disneyland's Space Mountain that replaced Dick Dale'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.
- Theme Tune Cameo: In any of the films he's scored that are based on an existing property (i.e. Star Trek, Speed Racer, Mission: Impossible), said leitmotif is usually taken from the original property.
- Production Posse: 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 EA's.
- Psycho Strings: Used constantly.
- Pungeon Master: At least half of his song titles will feature terrible puns.
- Recycled Soundtrack: 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.
- Running Gag: Many of his tracks involve "World's Worst X". Examples include "World's Worst Field Trip", "World's Worst Beach Party", "World's Worst Landscaping", "World's Worst Car Wash", "World's Worst Road Rage", "World's Worst Last Four Minutes to Live", "World's Worst Parking Valet", and "Galaxy's Worst Sushi Bar". There are also "World's Best Carpool Lane" and "World's Best Autopia".
- Uncommon Time: Shows up sometimes. "Escape from Muntz Mountain" on the Up soundtrack is in 5/4.