The Incredibles will always stand out for composer Michael Giacchino’s jazz-drenched theme that compliments the film’s retro aesthetic and nostalgic themes. That’s one of many aspects of the first film that’s carried over to Incredibles 2, the well-received sequel out this weekend from Pixar. The heroes are back, the retro feel is back, and that brassy sound is back. In fact, fans even get a little more than they bargained for.
In the film, Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) sings a snippet of his heroes’ theme songs (one each for Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Frozone) to prove he’s the real deal while playing to their sense of celebrity. It’s a fun, endearing little moment. But those theme songs were actually created, and recorded in fully-produced form, by the Incredibles team.
Originally written by Giacchino and arranged by acclaimed Hamilton music director, orchestrator, and conductor Alex Lacamoire, the three songs are all beautiful blasts that encapsulate their characters while prodding audiences to imagine their heyday (even if Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t sing Frozone’s):
Lacamoire also orchestrated (and posted) the track when the Parr family comes home to their fancy new residence after finding gainful employment, which is as much of a banger as his other songs:
Nothing like a good soundtrack to get the mood right for superhero cinema. Now, to go watch some old Batman.