CD review: "Disney/Pixar Greatest"
From Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman.
Various artists “Disney/Pixar Greatest” (Walt Disney Records)
Over the past 14 years, the filmmaking geniuses at Pixar Animation Studios have proven they know how to punctuate great storytelling with just the right music.
The studio has compiled 25 songs and instrumental tracks from their first 10 movies – from 1995′s “Toy Story” to the new release “Up” – for the brilliant collection “Disney/Pixar Greatest.”
Pixar’s movies have been nominated for an astounding 11 Oscars in the best original song and original score categories, and all those honorees are represented on the collection.
The eclectic compilation matches the diversity of Pixar’s films, which delve into a variety of subject matters, tones and genres. The nine songs range from Randy Newman’s folksy “Toy Story” theme “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” to Peter Gabriel’s soulful “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E.”
Sarah McLachlan breaks hearts with “When She Loved Me” from “Toy Story 2,” while Sheryl Crow gets engines revving with “Real Gone,” the opener to “Cars.” “Monsters, Inc.” stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman charm with their Oscar-winning in-character duet “If I Didn’t Have You.”
Country trio Rascal Flatts, which includes Joe Don Rooney of Picher, contributes its hit cover of Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is a Highway” from “Cars.”
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