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July 19

July 19, 2011 – The Soundtrack for Captain America: The First Avenger is Released


“Who’s strong and brave, here to save the American way?”

On July 19, 2011, the soundtrack for the Marvel film Captain America: The First Avenger was released through Buena Vista Records and Marvel Music. The soundtrack features the score by Alan Silvestri, as well as the song “Star Spangled Man” by David Zippel and Alan Menken. The soundtrack was well-received by critics and fans alike, with “Captain America” being used in other Marvel films as the official Captain America theme within the film score.


May 26

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May 26, 2009 – The Compilation Album Disney Pixar Greatest is Released Through Walt Disney Records

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“There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you, we stick together, we can see it through ‘cause you’ve got a friend in me, yeah, you’ve got a friend in me.”

On May 26, 2009, the compilation album Disney Pixar Greatest was released through Walt Disney Records. The album contains a mix of songs and scores from the Pixar films released through 2009, ending with Up. The scores, composed by Randy Newman, Thomas Newman, and Michael Giacchino, are recognizable pieces from the films, including Randy Newman’s “The Scare Floor” from Monsters, Inc., Thomas Newman’s “Define Dancing” from WALL-E, and Michael Giacchino’s “Carl Goes Up” from Up.

January 31

January 31, 2010 – The Score for Pixar’s UP Wins Two Grammy Awards

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“[Regarding “Married Life” as Ellie’s theme]…when you watch the film, it’s fun to see how that score changes with them as well.” – Michael Giacchino

On January 31, 2010, the 52nd Grammy Awards was held in Los Angeles, California. Michael Giacchino’s score for the Pixar film UP was awarded two Grammys: one for Best Score Soundtrack Album, beating out Alexandre Desplat’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Nicholas Hooper’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Danny Elfman’s Milk, and Giacchino’s collaboration with Varese Sarabande for Star Trek; the other award was for Best Instrumental Composition for the piece “Married Life,” which was up against Paquito D’Rivera’s “Borat in Syracuse,” Tim Davies’ “Counting to Infinity,” Bob Florence’s “Fluffy,” and Steve Wiest’s “Ice-Nine.” It is one of the few scores in history to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and a Grammy.