Disney has announced new details of the soundtrack for its upcoming animated film Big Hero 6. Taking a page from Wreck-It Ralph, Disney has roped in composer Henry Jackman (whose recent work also includes Captain Phillips and Captain America: The Winter Soldier) to score the film.
The film will also feature a new original song by Fall Out Boy. Titled “Immortals”, the punk-rock track will be featured during a central sequence in the film, when the team is trying out their superpowers.
The press release for the soundtrack gave some insight about Fall Out Boy’s process in developing the song for Disney’s newest animated film. The band’s lead singer Patrick Stump said, “The idea of this kid stepping up on behalf of his brother is what inspired the song’s title ‘Immortals.’ Your victories aren’t exclusively yours, so the fact that all of these people are coming together to help him get to the finish line is really exciting.”
Fall Out Boy’s bassist Pete Wentz also chimed in saying, “They’re testing out their new super suits for the first time in the scene. Some of it works—some of it doesn’t. You get the sense that they’re stepping into a bigger role. The story’s in the DNA of Fall Out Boy. It is an authentic story and it’s who our band is—we’ve always identified with the underdog.”
Also on the soundtrack will be the film’s score, which is composed by Henry Jackman. The score, recorded using a 77-piece orchestra, highlights the comic-book action, technology and relationships developed in the film. Jackman said, “It’s very important to me in a score like this when there’s a lot of emotional content, as well as heroism and jeopardy and the rest, to allow the musicians to play together. If you can put everyone in a room together, it’s great. They bounce off each other.”
It’s exciting to see Disney incorporate modern electronic and punk-rock music into an animated film. Wreck-It Ralph (notably the Hero’s Duty sequence) was a major step in this direction, and now we get to see an entire animated film with electronic music as its backbone.
Watch out for Big Hero 6 in theatres November 7.