ACCORDION, LOTS OF ACCORDION: MICHAEL GIACCHINO’S APPROACH TO SCORING ‘RATATOUILLE’

ACCORDION, LOTS OF ACCORDION: MICHAEL GIACCHINO’S APPROACH TO SCORING ‘RATATOUILLE’

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Abstract

The goal of this paper is to identify, analyze and evaluate the compositional techniques used by composer Michael Giacchino in his score for the animated film ‘Ratatouille’ (2007). In the first part, an overview of the film is presented including plot and chapter list. The thesis then examines the music and how it relates to the characters and events in the film. The composer’s influences are identified. In conclusion, the thesis argues that while the influence of early cartoon composers such as Carl Stalling is undeniable, Giacchino takes it a step further by creating emotional arcs and not simply ‘mickey-mousing’ the on-screen action. This thesis hopes to offer an insight into the way of thinking of one of Hollywood’s finest composers.

Publication Date

7-1-2015

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Valencia (Spain) Campus

ACCORDION, LOTS OF ACCORDION: MICHAEL GIACCHINO’S APPROACH TO SCORING ‘RATATOUILLE’

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