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How Pixar uses music to make you cry


Pixar Animation Studios are acknowledged masters at the craft of animation. If you had to pick a specialty of theirs, it’s the big emotional moment that’s not afraid to make you tear up (at a minimum). But how do they do that? There’s a great new video that looks at one technique favored by the artists in Emeryville.

It’s all about how music is used in the movie. It’s not as simple as just playing sad music at the sad moments:

A very clever video. I think I actually learned something about how emotions can be orchestrated in film.

If you want to see more of that Michael Giacchino interview from Pixar’s ‘Up’ you can watch it here:

Do you have a favorite Pixar score? Is how it makes you feel a big part of why you like it?