Pixar’s upcoming ONWARD released details recently about the upcoming soundtrack which will feature a new single by Brandi Carlile and a dynamic magical score by Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna.
End Credits Single
“Carried Me With You” is the big end-credit sing for the film. The song is written and produced by five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile plus Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth.
“‘Carried Me With You’ is a song about not taking love for granted—accepting love even when you don’t feel like you deserve it,” said Carlile.
From multiple-award-winning composers Mychael Danna (Oscar® winner for “Life of Pi”) and Jeff Danna, the score — which features 44 cues, was recorded with a 92-piece orchestra — conducted by Nicholas Dodd.
Their score elevates the fantasy aspect of the film, featuring folk and early music instruments, including folk guitars, the plucked-string psaltery, and a crumhorn. Magic is also a key component of the story, so the composers had to design music to complement the spells and effects. “Musically, the magic is big and out of control—trumpets flying around,” said Jeff Danna. “But at the heart of it, there are four notes. Even in the first scene when the magic is out of control—this whirling cyclone of a cue—there are these four notes that hang through it. That’s the thing you can just barely put your finger on. As the film progresses, we present that more and more clearly. Amongst all of the craziness, these four notes tell the story of the magic.”
ONWARD is set in a suburban fantasy world and introduces two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt), who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. Also featuring the voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Ian and Barley’s mom, Laurel Lightfoot, and Octavia Spencer as the voice of the Manticore, Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae—the same team behind “Monsters University.”
See it for Yourself
ONWARD cometh to theaters March 6, 2020. The ONWARD Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available digitally on February 29, 2020.