Sundays are for Soundtracks: “Wall-E (2008)”

Disney and Pixar aren’t for everyone and in the same train of thought, instrumentally-based soundtracks aren’t for all either. I, myself, am guilty to love both and it’s with this love that this week’s soundtrack encompasses both those preferences.

The film, Wall-E, tells the tale of a lonesome, little robot and his life on a now deserted planet earth. All humans have left due to lack of vegetation and all other Wall-E-like robots have died out on the planet. But cute Wall-E survives, lives in the cutest self-made home, and lives day-to-day simply and soundly until everything gets shook up.

The music throughout wonderfully and magically plays into the actions and emotions of the characters, as with most films, but it is as if each instrument was picked specifically, each designed to coincide with the movements and moments of the story playing out. With that it’s as if each instrumental piece gives life not only to scenes but to characters themselves — Breathing life into once two-dimensional beings into full blown living organisms.

It allows the audience to connect to the robotic life on screen and create a physical connection between the human world and the mechanical. Through the use of old melodies and new instrumental creations, the world of earth and the story of WALL-E and EVE and every human on the spaceship become real before our eyes and a new story unfolds.

TRACK LIST

  1. Put Your Sunday Clothes by Michael Crawford
  2. 2815 A.D. by Thomas Newman
  3. WALL-E by Thomas Newman
  4. The Spaceship by Thomas Newman
  5. EVE by Thomas Newman
  6. Thrust by Thomas Newman
  7. Bubble Wrap by Thomas Newman
  8. La Vie en Rose by Louis Armstrong
  9. Eye Surgery by Thomas Newman
  10. Worry Wait by Thomas Newman
  11. First Date by Thomas Newman
  12. EVE Retrieve by Thomas Newman
  13. The Axiom by Thomas Newman
  14. BNL by Thomas Newman and Bill Bernstein
  15. Foreign Contaminant by Thomas Newman
  16. Repair Ward by Thomas Newman
  17. 72 Degrees and Sunny by Thomas Newman
  18. Typing Bot by Thomas Newman
  19. Septuacentennial by Thomas Newman
  20. Gopher by Thomas Newman
  21. WALL-E’s Pod Adventure by Thomas Newman
  22. Define Dancing by Thomas Newman and Peter Gabriel
  23. No Splashing No Diving by Thomas Newman
  24. All That Love’s About by Thomas Newman
  25. M-O by Thomas Newman
  26. Directive A-113 by Thomas Newman
  27. Mutiny! by Thomas Newman
  28. Fixing WALL-E by Thomas Newman
  29. Rogue Robots by Thomas Newman
  30. March of the Gels by Thomas Newman
  31. Tilt by Thomas Newman
  32. The Holo-Detector by Thomas Newman
  33. Hyperjump by Thomas Newman
  34. Desperate EVE by Thomas Newman
  35. Static by Thomas Newman
  36. It Only Takes A Moment by Michael Crawford
  37. Down To Earth by Thomas Newman and Peter Gabriel
  38. Horizon 12.2 by Thomas Newman

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Sundays are for Soundtracks: “The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)”

“In the early days of our movies, Wes had pretty much chosen ahead of time every song that was going to be in the movie, and we would play it on set,” says Yeoman. “It just gave everyone the right attitude toward the scene.” As for those immaculately dressed sailors marching into the frame behind Richie as he falls deeper into love, “That’s one of those details that Wes comes up with — and he does it time after time — that make the scene memorable,” says Yeoman. “You might have the shot ready to go, and he’ll throw in something like that to give it a distinct style. I really do think that’s what defines him as a filmmaker.” Robert Yeoman for the article ‘How Wes Anderson’s Cinematographer Shot These 9 Great Scenes‘.

As one of my favourite directors, Wes Anderson’s cinematographer Robert Yeoman explains him best. His is a man of great brilliance, each film brings forth a unique entity all its own — Capturing the lives of both those on screen and those in front of it.

In his film, “The Royal Tenenbaums”, the story is that of a disjointed family known as the title states, theTenenbaums. It is comprised of child geniuses turned adult, a broken family structure and the individuals that fill in the cracks, and still that’s not even half of the complexity that is brought forth throughout the story. And with great writing and cinematography comes great music.

Within each scene, within every emotion portrayed by the characters, the musical undertone amplifies each and every single detail. Comprised of songs like “The Fairest of the Seasons” by Nico or “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” by Paul Simon, the film moves through the motions of life, expressing inner feelings not seen by the naked eye but felt by something deeper within.

It is with this in depth connection that Anderson is able to create such magnificent masterpieces and allow the audience to become one with the film and place they themselves into the story that takes place at 111 Archer Avenue.

TRACK LIST (2002 Soundtrack Re-Release):

  1. 111 Archer Avenue by Mark Mothersbaugh
  2. These Days by Nico
  3. String Quartet in F Major (Second Movement) by Maurice Ravel, performed by Ysaye Quartet
  4. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard by Paul Simon
  5. Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Minor by George Enescu, performed by The Mutato Muzika Orchestra
  6. Wigwam by Bob Dylan
  7. Look At That Old Grizzly Bear by Mark Mothersbaugh
  8. Look At Me by John Lennon
  9. Lullaby by Emitt Rhodes
  10. Mothersbaugh’s Canon by Mark Mothersbaugh
  11. Police And Thieves by The Clash
  12. Scrapping And Yelling by Mark Mothersbaugh
  13. Judy Is A Punk by Ramones
  14. Pagoda’s Theme by Mark Mothersbaugh
  15. Needle In The Hay by Elliott Smith
  16. Fly by Nick Drake
  17. I Always Wanted To Be A Tenenbaum by Mark Mothersbaugh
  18. Christmas Time Is Here by Vince Guaraldi Trio
  19. Stephanie Says by The Velvet Underground
  20. Rachel Evans Tenenbaum (1965-2000) by Mark Mothersbaugh
  21. Sparkplug Minuet by Mark Mothersbaugh
  22. The Fairest Of The Seasons by Nico
  23. Hey Jude by The Beatles, performed by The Mutato Muzika Orchestra

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