“I have a great interest in animation and found computer graphics fascinating,” Randy Newman said in 1995. “I’ve always admired Carl Stalling and the other composers who specialized in music for cartoons, and I wanted to do one myself.”
That “one,” Toy Story (1995), led to scores and songs for James and the Giant Peach (1996), A Bug’s Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), and Cars (2006). And amusingly and surprisingly to many longtime fans, the cutting social critic and brilliant curmudgeon Randy Newman has found himself a beloved Disney entertainer.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that at seventeen Randy was already a professional songwriter, knocking out tunes for a Los Angeles publishing house, since he was born in 1943 into a famously musical family. His uncles Alfred, Lionel, and Emil were all well-respected film composers and conductors. Even Randy’s father Irving Newmana prominent physicianwrote a song for Bing Crosby.
In 1968, Randy made his… read more