Michael Giacchino Scores With Summer Blockbusters ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘Jurassic World’ Sequel

Two of the summer’s most anticipated movies, “Incredibles 2” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” are franchise follow-ups with music by the same composer. Surprisingly, neither score relies much on familiar themes.

It might have been a no-brainer for tunesmith Michael Giacchino to fall back on his well-known theme for “The Incredibles” (written in 2004) or on John Williams’ even more famous fanfare for the original “Jurassic Park” from 1993. Both make fleeting appearances in the new films, but otherwise the scores are entirely new.

“There is a tendency these days to just plug and play when it comes to scores from past years,” says the Oscar-winning composer (“Up”). “Many times, it derails what you’re trying to do narratively. And the last thing I want to do is just rehash what we did before. I like to bring something new and then lean on old themes only when you absolutely need them.”

For “Incredibles 2,” the style remains rooted in the 1960s jazz-meets-orchestra spy-action style originated by John Barry in the James Bond films; Henry Mancini in his stylish caper scores, including the “Pink Panther” movies; and Hoyt Curtin in the animated “Jonny Quest” adventure series. “On this film, I had that arsenal ready,” Giacchino explains. “I had more fun and I felt more free.”

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