Wall-E


SeaCastle

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Disclaimer: The following is merely an opinion.

I recently saw Wall-E on video and am totally blown away by it - one of Pixar's finest efforts. However, the music from the movie was a bit surprising. I'm not talking about Hello, Dolly and "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" appearing throughout the movie, but that a score from another movie was used- 2001: A Space Odyssey. I can't recall if there was another instance where Disney-Pixar used music that wasn't specifically scored for the movie (though I'm sure there were, this just struck me.) The use of 2001: A Space Odyssey surprised me and was a little disappointing. Sure, it was appropriate for the scene, but how many movies have used that part of the score?

The use of Hello, Dolly is jusitifed (in my opinion) because it was part of the telling of the story. Disney-Pixar films in general have a good soundtrack, but not quite memorable (maybe with the exception of "You've Got a Friend in Me"). Surely something could have been composed in place of a "mainstream" track.

Did anyone else feel this way about the score in general?
 

BJWanlund

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I absolutely agree with you regarding the use of the 2001 theme. I was totally taken out of the movie when that came on, because I've heard the 2001 theme so doggone much elsewhere that it didn't feel at all appropriate for that particular scene in the movie.

It is just my opinion, however.

BJ
 

eyore

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I think (perhaps not wisely) that certain themes have become standardized for stuff like this. 2001, Star Wars themes (especially the Empire one for anything bad) and also E.T. They seem to find their way into all sorts of things. Some years ago it was also the original Star Trek theme as well.
Shame that Disney couldn't produce something that would become as recognizable in it's own right.
Having been around when 2001 first came out, I understand why they would use it but it IS wearing a bit thin now after 41 years of being used as a standard "space" theme (the themes did make a huge impact on the viewer back them - especially in Cinerama with Hi-Fi sound. It was ground-breaking and a fantastic experience - then.
Disney shouldn't need to rely on "borrowing" concepts. They are (or were) well capable of producing their own memorable themes.
Just my opinion as well :p
 

thx99

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Disclaimer: The following is merely an opinion.

I recently saw Wall-E on video and am totally blown away by it - one of Pixar's finest efforts. However, the music from the movie was a bit surprising. I'm not talking about Hello, Dolly and "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" appearing throughout the movie, but that a score from another movie was used- 2001: A Space Odyssey. I can't recall if there was another instance where Disney-Pixar used music that wasn't specifically scored for the movie (though I'm sure there were, this just struck me.) The use of 2001: A Space Odyssey surprised me and was a little disappointing. Sure, it was appropriate for the scene, but how many movies have used that part of the score?
:p The greatest irony in the above is that Kubrick's use of Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra" in 2001: A Space Odyssey was itself a case of "music that wasn't specifically scored for the movie". Kubrick jettisoned Alex North's original score in favor of the temp track that he had cobbled together before North's involvement.
 

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