|Dia de los Muertos concept art courtesy of ABC.es|
John Debney image courtesy of Disney Wiki
For the upcoming slate of films, some names may seem destined - Thomas Newman is almost certainly reprising his fishy role for Finding Dory (especially since Director, Andrew Stanton tweeted in 2013 that T Newman IS Nemo when asked about Finding Dory). Randy Newman may be pegged to score Toy Story 4 since he completed the first three (although they could look to a different composer to take the film in a different direction after the trilogy wrapped up).
Is a new composer entering the lineup of Pixar alumni?
Veteran composer, John Debney (The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, Chicken Little & the upcoming live-action Jungle Book among many others) recently updated his IMDb page to note that he is in pre-production on an Untitled Pixar Animation Project slated to release in 2017. Since the only "Untitled" project on the docket is Lee Unkrich's film surrounding the Dia de los Muertos holiday, we can only assume that this is the project he could be connected with.
|Screenshot of John Debney's IMDb page|
Update - It should be noted that in IMDb, when you click on the untitled project, it states that the film is being directed by Dan Scanlon, not Lee Unkrich. It's interesting to see what film this could be since (as we knew), the November 22, 2017 film slot was paired with Unkrich's film. Remember that this is all a up in the air at this point since nothing has officially been announced - we will continue to watch the project for further updates.
Update 2 (August 4) - Debney's IMDb page has since been updated and the project is no longer listed.
Pixar's Feature Film Composers To-DateRandy Newman
- Toy Story (1995)
- A Bug's Life (1998)
- Toy Story 2 (1999)
- Monsters, Inc. (2001)
- Cars (2006)
- Toy Story 3 (2010)
- Monsters University (2013)
- Finding Nemo (2003)
- WALL•E (2008)
- The Incredibles (2004)
- Ratatouille (2007)
- Up (2009)
- Cars 2 (2011)
- Inside Out (2015)
- Brave (2012)
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