The Incredibles (film score)

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The Incredibles
TheIncredibles Soundtrack.jpg
Film score by
ReleasedNovember 2, 2004
LabelWalt Disney
ProducerMichael Giacchino
Pixar score chronology
Finding Nemo
The Incredibles
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Empire4/5 stars[2]
Filmtracks4/5 stars[3]
Movie Music UK4/5 stars[4]
Movie Wave4/5 stars[5]
Soundtrack.net4/5 stars[6]

The Incredibles is the soundtrack album to the 2004 Disney-Pixar film of the same name composed by Michael Giacchino. The Incredibles is the first Pixar film to be scored by Giacchino. Director Brad Bird was looking for a specific sound as inspired by the film's design — the future as seen from the 1960s. John Barry was the first choice to do the film's score with a trailer of the film given a rerecording of Barry's theme to On Her Majesty's Secret Service. However, Barry did not wish to duplicate the sound of some of his earlier soundtracks;[7] the assignment was instead given to Giacchino.[8]

The complete orchestral score was released on November 2, 2004 by Walt Disney Records, three days before the film opened in theaters. It won numerous awards for Best Score and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. Music used for the film's trailers but not available on the soundtrack album includes "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" from the Propellerheads album Decksandrumsandrockandroll as well as excerpts from the David Arnold project Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project. The animated short Jack-Jack Attack, which accompanied the film's DVD release, also features the "Alla Turca" movement from Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 11, 4th movement of Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Dies irae from Requiem.


Giacchino noted that recording in the 1960s was largely different than modern day recording and Dan Wallin, the recording engineer, said that Bird wanted an old feel and as such the score was recorded on analogue tapes. Wallin noted that brass instruments which are at the forefront of the score of The Incredibles, sound better on analog equipment rather than digital. Wallin came from an era in which music was recorded, according to Giacchino "the right way" which consists of everyone in the same room "playing against each other and feeding off each other's energy". Tim Simonec was the conductor and orchestrator for the recording of the score.[9]


The film's orchestral score was released on November 2, 2004, three days before the film opened in theaters. It won numerous awards for best score including Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, BMI Film & TV Award, ASCAP Film and Television Music Award, Annie Award, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award and Online Film Critics Society Award and was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Satellite Award and Broadcast Film Critics Association Award.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Michael Giacchino.

1."The Glory Days"3:32
2."Mr. Huph Will See You Now"1:35
3."Adventure Calling"2:23
4."Bob vs. the Omnidroid"2:53
5."Lava in the Afternoon"1:29
6."Life's Incredible Again"1:24
7."Off to Work"1:59
8."New and Improved"2:15
9."Kronos Unveiled"3:16
10."Marital Rescue"2:19
11."Missile Lock"2:07
12."Lithe or Death"3:24
13."100 Mile Dash"3:07
14."A Whole Family of Supers"3:27
15."Escaping Nomanisan"1:45
16."Road Trip!"2:27
17."Saving Metroville"5:03
18."The New Babysitter"3:26
19."The Incredits"7:21
Total length:55:12


  1. ^ a b Phares, Heather. The Incredibles [Original Motion Picture Score] at AllMusic
  2. ^ Graydon, Danny (November , 2004). "The Incredibles – Album review". Empire.
  3. ^ Clemmensen, Christian (November 6, 2004). "The Incredibles – Album review". Filmtracks.
  4. ^ Broxton, Jonathan (November 5, 2004). "The Incredibles – Album review". Movie Music UK.
  5. ^ Southall, James (November, 2004). "The Incredibles – Album review". Movie Wave.
  6. ^ Goldwasser, Dan (November 7, 2004). "The Incredibles – Album review".
  7. ^ "AICN Animation Double-Header! Moriarty Interviews Brad Bird!!". Ain't It Cool News. November 5, 2004.
  8. ^ Spence D. (2004-11-04). "IGN AU Edition – Michael Giacchino Interview". Retrieved 2011-10-02.
  9. ^ Brad Bird, Michael Giacchino et al. (2011). The Incredibles. Special Features - Behind the Scenes - More Making of The Incredibles: Music (Blu-ray Disc). Buena Vista Home Entertainment.
  10. ^ "The Incredibles (2004) Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved March 7, 2009.

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