Michael Giacchino and Kirk Thatcher

Michael Giacchino and Kirk Thatcher on the scoring stage for Jurassic World in April 2015.

Michael Giacchino and Frank Oz Twitter Jan 28 2018

Giacchino and Frank Oz, Jan 2018

Michael Giacchino's Muppet credits include composing music for Muppet RaceMania, Muppet Monster Adventure, "The Kermambo" for the MuppeToon of the same name, and the score and some songs for The Muppets' Wizard of Oz. The song "When I'm With You" from Oz was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2005.

He has achieved critical acclaim for his scores to TV's Alias and Lost, and for several Pixar films including The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Up (for which he won the Academy Award). Other scores include the third and fourth films in the Mission: Impossible series, all three of the rebooted Star Trek movies, and the pre-show and queue music for the Star Wars themed attraction Star Tours: The Adventures Continue in Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Giacchino was quoted in Variety regarding the Muppets:[1]

As big an influence as 'Star Wars' and 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' were, the Muppets were an equal inspiration. The Muppets taught me almost everything about humor, timing and music. I have this intense emotional connection to the Muppets.

In 2017, Gonzo appeared in London at Michael Giacchino at 50, a live concert paying tribute to Giacchino's work. During the concert, Giacchino and Gonzo sang a duet of "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday".

Chris Tilton, a fellow Muppet composer, often assists Giacchino with orchestration and additional scoring. Giacchino's son, Mick, who previously worked on his father's scores, composed the music for Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow.


  1. Variety "Michael Giacchino: Driven by stories" by Jon Burlingame, October 12, 2010

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