Friday, May 22, 2009

Exclusive: No 'Up' soundtrack CD, Disney confirms

Ending weeks of speculation, a Disney spokesperson just confirmed that the soundtrack to Up will be released by Walt Disney Records only as a digital download. No compact disc (CD) version will be sold.

Quite disappointing considering the beauty of the cover and other factors, such as Up being Pixar's tenth film.

As reported earlier, the soundtrack will become available for download on May 26.

65 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who at Disney told you this!?!

PixarFanatic said...

Though I didn't like it, that is still tyranny!

Anonymous said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIS AIN"T FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!

Fett101 said...

Nuts. Way to kill my CD shelf Disney. I mean, it's neat and probably the future of distribution, but what about the CD artwork and everything?

Is it going to be DRM-free, do we know?

Simon said...

Wow this is the first time I am mad at Disney! This is beyond horrible!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's terrible. I'm assuming by digital download they mean strictly AAC or MP3, so there'll be no way to get a high quality lossless version?

Anonymous said...

this is an insult to the world of movie music. do you have any idea how many awards this soundtrack may win at the end of the year!?!

disney needs to release this one!!!

Anonymous said...

oh, and i forgot to put in the last comment. they need to release every other Pixar CD after Up as well!!!

Waking Badger said...

I guess I just don't understand the frustration. I don't buy physical CDs unless they are drastically cheaper (sale or some such). I can't hear the difference in audio quality & I prefer to get rid of the physical disc & paper. Now, I wouldn't turn down the liner notes showing up electronically, but the physical package is just extra crap to deal with...

Anonymous said...

This is a terrible marketing decision. I bet more people than usual are going to download the songs for free, since the only alternative is downloading with a price.

JD said...

Why? Do you know why this atrocious decision was made?

@Fett101: The Amazon mp3s don't have DRM. I don't know about iTunes but it seems iTunes mp3s are also DRM-free now.

Mike said...

Voice your outrage, people!

Anonymous said...

Mike: r u sure? b-cause i just can't believe this!

Movie Music Enthusiast said...

From the style of the music, I could see a lot of older people wanting this soundtrack to listen to. People who maybe don't have computers! I think that this is an unfair marketing decision.

Midgard Dragon said...

I'm torn on this. On the one hand more companies *should* be offering this content delivery method to their customers. On the other, I really like having physical copies of the music I love. If they release liner notes and high quality artwork with this instead of just the songs, however, it will be somewhat of a moot point, provided you can get to a printer.

Anonymous said...

They're releasing a physical CD of the "Disney Pixar Greatest" compilation, but not this soundtrack?

Of course, my cynical side suspects that this might be a marketing experiment, wherein they release the digital download to coincide with the film's release, which we all buy out of a need to have it, even if it's not in our preferred format, and then, at some point down the road, they release a physical CD in relatively limited quantities... which us soundtrack geeks rush out and buy as well.

PixarFanatic said...

Anonymous #7 and JD:

You want why? I'll tell you why.

Because Michael Gicchano is one of the worst music writers of all time! He's trying to make sure we still recognize the oldie-times music. Well, that has come and gone! He is trying to take us back in time! Well, I don't want to go back in time.

They should have chosen Thomas Newman or Hans Zimmer for this!

By the way, Anonymous #5, I wouldn't care if any of the following movie's soundtracks were not released in a regular way until Newt--because Randy Newman will probably compose them. I can understand him--he's older, and he's used to composing oldie music.

And Mike: Thanks for letting us curse Michael for this!

Mike said...

PixarFanatic: The decision to release the soundtrack download-only surely has nothing to do with Michael Giacchino. That's looked after by Walt Disney Records with some involvement by Pixar.

And I can't believe you think Giacchino is not talented. The world disagrees with you. He is one of the best composers working right now.

PixarFanatic said...

Mike:

(blinks)

Did I ever say Michael was NOT talented? I only said that he's trying to bring back the what-should-be-despised oldie music.

He's good at creating fine oldie music, but Up was taking it a little too far.

I did like his work on Mission: Impossible 3, and I guess The Incredibles and Sky High were okay, but that's about it.

I only insult Michael because I am among the few who despise oldie music and idolize newer music.
Plus, I am also one of those who doesn't pay as much attention to songs and loves the instrumental score.

As Up comes closer, suddenly, in May, my interests in Up took a dip. Due to the 50-minute screenings, I can see why Wall Street doubted it would succeed!

I'm pretty sure it will still succeed, but I think that I may be among the few to give a negative review for plotting--though I will laugh my head off for the humor.

David S. said...

I mean, I could understand it not being available in stores, but no CD altogether? This is an outrage.

Movie Music Enthusiast said...

PixarFanatic: Whether or not you like oldie music, as you put it, that is exactly the kind of music that matches Carl. I have seen the movie, and the music fits perfectly. Maybe you could think of it as both Carl and the music stuck in the past?

Most of the music follows variations on "Ellie's Theme". Carl's feelings for Ellie never change, so why would her musical theme style?

I guess we will just have to agree to disagree though - I personally find Mr. Giacchino's work beautiful. There are different styles of music now, but that doesn't make there be anything wrong with the old styles. ...Besides... if some people still use them now, could it not be argued that it is not an old style, but rather a style that is still in, albeit limited, use today?

It may not be your favorite style, but that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with it.

Douglas Bowker said...

If that is really true, it sucks on every level. I originally got Wall-e on iTunes, which we liked, but at some point I had this feeling we were really missing something. Boy was I right, the 256kbs mp3 BLEW compared to the full-res CD. Suddenly I actually could HEAR that the score was not electronic at all but an amazing collection of acoustic instruments. I'd never buy a download again, and Up won't be one either.

JD said...

@PixarFanatic: You are really one of a kind. I don't even go into argue over Giacchino and the thought of those Remote Control ghostwriters of "Hans Zimmer" doing a Pixar film.

You curse and insult a composer who worked on 3 films of the studio you're (supposed to be) a fan of.

@Waking Badger and Midgard Dragon: Of course there are demands, and people who like digital music over physical CD, but why not release both? Even if limited like those Varèse Sarabande CDs (Happy Feet score etc)?

For score music there's absolute difference between the 2 formats, and I'd imagine people who are interested in score (not just Pixar/Disney soundtrack) also interested in audio quality. They'll be devastated, try to find illegal/bootleg copies and it's Disney loss.

PixarFanatic said...

Movie Music Enthusiast:

If what you are saying is true, then let me say this--the soundtrack isn't bad, but the MOVIE IS! (Plot-wise--it's hilarious humor-wise.) Go ahead. Curse me.

JD:

I can understand how you like Michael, but I can't BELIEVE that you can't even think about Hans Zimmer doing the score for a Pixar film.

If you wouldn't want Hans Zimmer, what other composer besides the three (Randy and Thomas Newman, and Michael Gicchano) who are already composing Pixar music would you like?

PixarFanatic said...

JD:

Extra note, I AM a huge fan of Pixar. Never has anything displeased me soundtrack, movie, and video game-wise, except Michael. My name IS PixarFanatic, after all.

Though I have to admit that the "Incredits" on the Incredibles soundtrack were pretty good.

Movie Music Enthusiast said...

PixarFanatic: Did you see the movie and not like it? If so, that's fine. I am sure that some people will find it different. I am not going to argue with you. You can listen to the kind of music you like, and I will listen to the kind I like.

Just curious: If you've seen Up, what did you think about it exactly? I thought that it was really good.

PixarFanatic said...

I have not seen it yet. I will next week.

Movie Music Enthusiast said...

PixarFanatic: Let me know what you think of it when you see it then.

Ryan said...

@PixarFanatic - Dude - if you haven't seen it yet then how can you say it's terrible plot-wise? I don't think you're much of a fanatic if you are judging a Pixar film before you've even seen the film in its' entirety.

Colin Thomson said...

Does anyone know of an email address to write to and complain? I mean, this is seriously bad. 1411 kbps, or 256 kbps. Seriously, if you can't hear the difference, that is fine, you might not have as nice listening equipment and there is no problem with that. But there is a huge difference, and to just not make it available is really wrong and disappointing.

Anyone know the email address? I haven't been able to find one.

PixarFanatic said...

Ryan:

Say that again, and I will get the Blogger police.

MM Enthusiast: I may put it on a seperate post. But I will.

PixarFanatic said...

Colin Thomson:

You don't have to write e-mail. You only have to get the phone number for Pixar. I don't know what it is, but it should be easy to find. Like maybe the Pixar site.

Colin Thomson said...

Listening to the first few tracks I must say, Giacchino is a master of style. Some may not like some of the styles he employs, but that doesn't change the fact that, as far as I can tell, he has a huge array to draw from. He should write more 'mew' music? He can. But more importantly, he can write exactly what the movie calls for and do it superbly.

Movie Music Enthusiast said...

I think if it was up to Pixar, this soundtrack would have been released. As far as I know, the soundtracks are dealt with by DisneyMusic: http://disneymusic.disney.go.com/

I don't know their number though...

Anonymous said...

How do I purchase this??? I live in Denmark, and neither the danish iTunes store, nor Amazon.co.uk has the Up soundtrack. This is total cr@p!

Anonymous said...

Por Que!!??!! This is the worst news I've heard since Britney's comeback! No, this is worse....wait nevermind. But this is still very upsetting and I hope minds are willing to be changed.

Anonymous said...

Just saw, the movie, loved it, and immediately downloaded the soundtrack from iTunes.

This a beautiful, imaginative score. Between this, Ratatouille, and Star Trek, Michael Giacchino is quickly becoming my all-time favorite film music composer.

I love the fact that the download includes 3 tracks of ambient sound effects from the film. The digital book is nicely done, too.

CD's are dying as a method of music distribution, and have been for a while now. Times change. Tower Records is no more. It's no longer profitable for movie studios to release film scores on a physical disc.

Don't pass this awesome score up just because it's download only: A couple of years from now, no studio is going to be releasing CD soundtracks. The download technology will continue to improve: It's already pretty astounding. And you get a lot for that 9.99

Anonymous said...

This really stinks. I really wanted to get the soundtrack. I don't want to download it off of Amazon or any other site.

Mike said...

You don't know what you're missing! Get it from iTunes...

Jeremy1984 said...

Ok, First off, @PixarFanatic.... Have you EVER heard the "Star Trek" Soundtrack? and Giacchino's "Lost" Soundtracks are pretty awesome as well. For me, I am pretty upset I had to download it. I usually like to have physical back up Cds. But to my despise, I have a "Gigaware" Cd-r and it looks horrible. On a postive side. I can't really tell the difference compared to my Wall-e Soundtrack. So, all is well. I love Track 16, Track 4 (carl goes up) Track 19 and Track 22 (end titles) Giacchino is so moveing! after this there probably won't be any more soundtrack for me until the "Half Blood Prince Score" comes out :D but alas this is much better if not on par with Star Trek. Incredibles is his best none the less. So......Tada......everyone its worth the $8.99 PLUS i think they wanted to go digital because the music on each track is no more than 2-3min in length. Some 26 seconds!!!! a 26 Second song????? yep Disney always knows what it is doing :D i don't kinda blame them there isnt enough music on here. Wall-e had more and so did Incredibles.......

PixarFanatic said...

Jeremy1984:

I have seen the movie itself and listened to most of the soundtrack (cause I just bought it as this article came up, but it started skipping and I'm ordering a new one--:-(, but I haven't listened to his work on "Lost," because I have never seen the TV series, and I'm not sure that I plan to.

After I saw the movie, I bought a few individual tracks from the UP soundtrack--Carl Goes Up, Escape from Muntz Mountain, The Small Mailman Returns, Seizing the Spirit of Adventure, and Up with End Credits.

Carl Goes Up was a little disappointing in a few places, but the others were pretty good--but that's because most of them were action tracks. That's my idol in music--action. "Take 1--ACTION!" :-)

As for his best work, I think that his best work is Mission: Impossible 3, it has some nice action music--and it's his work with the second most action--after The Incredibles.

Anonymous said...

Bring your torches and pitch forks people. No CD! What's "UP" with this rubbish?

Steve said...

Just saw the movie (in 3D) and loved it -- especially the music. The quality of commercial CDs beats anything I can produce at home, and mp3 format just doesn't cut it as far as listening quality. Maybe this is an experiment, but I wish they would have tested it on music that wasn't so rich and evocative. Disappointed!

DemonStar said...

Recently Amazon started a new trend of "CD on demand" where on request by the customer they burned the music on a CD-R and mailed it to them. They did this for Harry Gregson-Williams' score to "Taking of Pelham 123". I got it and checked; it's from a lossless source!

Could there be any possibility that they will do this for "Up"? At least it'll be lossless sourced!

PolkaDot_Koi said...

Wow. People are fighting on here? One person keeps spelling Michael Giacchino's name wrong.
The one called PixarFanatic clearly said that "Michael Gicchano is one of the worst music writers of all time!" and then he completely contradicts himself.

And is there really such a thing as the blogger police?

Anonymous said...

After reading most of the comments, some of which seem like it's just a place for someone to rant. Never the less, the one thing that I haven't seen much of in the posts is the potential loss of audio quality in the mp3 version.

Will Disney's decision turn us against them, I'm definately tweaked about this "no cd" version. As being a collector of music and an owner of the deceased vinyl, it seems that the exec's have decided for us,"It's better for them, the economy just can't handle more products influx."

I want a bonafide CD, and my collection may not see this download. I wouls think that if they are going to do this, thay should atleat give us the highest quality audio availible.

And by the way, does anyone smell Jobbs anti-product in hands?

Miffed just miffed!

PixarFanatic said...

PolkaDot_Koi:

No way. There is no such thing as a Blogger police. I was joking because I was outraged with Ryan.

And, if you're still looking for my review, check it out on the post "'Up' was incredible."

Michael Gicchano is just not my guy. He creates good action music, but you easily get tired of it. That's why I hate him.

I am a huge follower of Remote Control--particulary Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams, and Steve Jablonsky.

Have you guys even HEARD his score on The Dark Knight? If not, check it out. I've already played "Introduce A Little Anarchy" 15 times in its first three days.

By the way--this weekend--don't see Harry Potter 6. I'd like to see Up take top spot this year--or at least No. 2, with Transformers 2 having already walloped its predeccesor worldwide.

Anonymous said...

That is absurd. My toddler son loves the movie and we have been to see it 3 times. I would like to buy the CD so we can listen to it in the car. Yes, I know I can buy the mp3 and burn it on to the cd, but who has the time to do all that? I am very disappointed.

Ho said...

i went to Cd shop right after the movie, but they told me they don't have that soundtrack on sale. :(

this is the best disney soundtrack in years!

Anonymous said...

holy crap!I'm so mad at disney right now, that is just downright stupid for them to do that! But I could probably burn the soundtrack on to a CD , but I'm still furious!

Anonymous said...

Yes, where are your sources and if it is true, what the HELL!?!?! This soundtrack was a beautiful score and yes, condsidering it was Pixar's 10th film, there should be a CD. Grr.

PixarFanatic said...

Why shouldn't they? They're doing that with more movies now. Take "Taking of Pelhalm 1 2 3" for example. It's music was by Harry Gregson-Williams, one of the many greatest guys, and it was download only too!!

And the movie itself was great too!

DemonStar said...

"Taking of Pelhalm 1 2 3" was offered by Amazon as a CD-R on demand. That's still lossless quality (I've checked to make sure). If Disney is deliberately not letting Amazon at least do a CD-R release (which is almost as cheap as digital downloads) and forcing us to be settled with lossy MP3/M4A only, then I'm seriously pissed with the Disney Records execs. I just hope the situation becomes better in the years to come.

Anonymous said...

Why not put it out on CD. Not all of us, or perhaps even most of us, want MP3 players. I am extermely disappointed with this decision.

Anonymous said...

I want the physical CD! Darn...

Anonymous said...

Physical CD PLEASE!!

Anonymous said...

This is a horrible idea!!! This soundtrack is one of the most incredible soundtracks I have ever heard. I have been searching everywhere for the CD because I still buy CDs for the amazing artwork, details about the musicians who put their hard work into playing, and the personal notes the composer writes. Plus, the quality is better on CD. Please can you change your mind and still release CDs?

Anonymous said...

well done, disney. You have just lost millions of dollars and pounds by not creating an Up CD!! You fail. Seriously.

Cynthia said...

UP has now won "best Original Score" at the oscars and still no quality version of the UP soundtrack is being released on compact disc. Does Disney have nonmusicians running the soundtrack release department? Mp3's just aren't good enough - especially for full orchestra. The quality is lost and we have no choice. I am still waiting to BUY it on CD. I have been asking everyone for a year. I'm not the only one who still wants this music (in a quality format) and can't get it.

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Anonymous said...

Maybe we can pay Giacchino for physical copies. He seems like a cool guy.

Music Lover said...

If you want to see what others think about Disney's disregard of people who want music on compact disks check out Amazon.com reviews for the mp3 release of the Up soundtrack. Nearly all reviews express disappointment that a compact disk version is not available. One third of reviewers give the album a one star review not beacause they do not like the music but because it is not available on compact disk.

Anonymous said...

Disney you stink!

Brian Johnson said...

If anyone still cares, this has finally been released on a physical CD, courtesy of Disney Records and Intrada Records. Check it out Intrada.com - a very reputable dealer in soundtracks and limited issue score CDs.

Anonymous said...

Stupidest decision EVER by a major studio regarding music in my memory and possibly my lifetime, quite a few years I might add, (more than 55 to be sure). The modern age studio exec obviously cares NOTHING about quality OR the buying public, so they can all shove it in my opinion.