Wow, very cool. I actually worked on that score, but don't ask me for details... it was 20 years ago! (can't believe it's been that long), and at the time there was yet no such thing as Pixar as we know it today. I will tell you this though, I remember sitting there at the Sony Scoring Stage (on the old MGM lot) looking at the screen and knowing right then that this would be groundbreaking. Sure enough it was, and we were back again for Bugs Life a few years later. By the way, Sony still has a bunch of John Lasseter's Hawaiian shirts hanging from the rafters.
Aw that sucks you cant remember. Would love to hear some behind the scenes from someone who worked on my favorite Pixar score. But I certainly understand especially it being 20 years ago.
And I remember seeing the Hawaiian shirts when I watched the B-Roll for the recording sessions of Toy Story 3.
Really cool you have scans of the cues. Are they of the score, or individual parts?
Yeah I got really lucky with having a friend who was generous enough to send them! As far as I can tell its of the entire score and not individual parts.
As for the cue orders, remember, even though making last-minute changes is harder (and costlier) with animation than live action, it does happen. Also, though not always the case, sometimes Pixar will score just a bit of a movie early on, see how it goes, then do more later (not always -- for instance, Inside Out did it the opposite, with 4 days for the bulk, and 1 day at the end to finish up). But I remember we had an early day for Wall-E, and at that point none of the cues had numbers (no 1M1 or 3M26...) they just had temporary names, and Tommy Newman even said something to the effect that at that point in time they weren't sure of the exact order themselves, thus the lack of numbers. Later sessions of course had the numbers once everything had been decided. Pixar really cares about their films, and changes are made as late as possible (such as going back to record a song for the end of Ratatouille instead of score, or going back to change the mood of the score for the scene where Carl's house first takes off in Up).
Interesting about Wall-E... It almost sounds like Thomas Newman just wrote a couple themes not knowing where to place them in the film.
And of course, as anyone can see from the cue titles, they're major spoilers, which is a good reason to avoid looking at a soundtrack title listing before seeing the movie.
Yeah but its a necessary evil in my book.
Very neat though, that Disney is releasing their Toy Story Legacy CD. I always felt an option should be out there to buy a complete score, not just the major cues you find on a normal CD today (though of course I'm biased). Who knows, maybe in time all the Pixar scores will get that treatment...
I'm the same way! I wish studios would just release the complete score in general... A lot of my favorite scores tend to leave out my favorite cues from the official album. Or they have the cue you want, but its rearranged, or they cut out a few bits from that one cue. Theres a cue from Disney's 1999 Tarzan adaptation where they literally cut out about 2 seconds of a percussion piece for the OST. My first thought was maybe they had to cut it down for time... but I don't think 2 seconds would've helped as much.