A Pixar Playlist: 204 Songs To Help Inspire Your Next Scene


A Pixar Playlist:  204 Songs To Help Inspire Your Next Scene

Pretty much everyone has heard of Pixar and has seen at least one of their movies. If you’re a parent, like me, then it’s a safe bet you’ve seen all their movies more then you’d care to admit.

Pixar isn’t just for kids, their movies speak to people of all ages and situations. How do they do that? Because they follow a few key “rules” that us as writers/authors have scene circulate through the internet for a few years now.

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Not only are their “rules” a great spring board to write a story for any genre but the music that plays in the background of all their movies can help inspire and guide you through certain scenes.

Many writers use music as inspiration and/or a way to focus while writing. Some use white noise or nature sounds, some use their favorite songs, others use classical. I find that all of those techniques work in their own way but my absolute favorite is to use film scores. Not only is there a lack of singing that tends to distract me but the music is geared specifically to make you feel a certain way for a certain scene.

There are different ways to use film scores to help inspire your writing.

  1. You can pick one movie soundtrack that mimics what your story is about and play the whole thing or pick out a few songs that you like then listen to them on a constant loop.
  2. You can pick a favorite composer and create a Pandora station so that you get a mixture of songs from different albums.
  3. You can do some research and find the composers you like the best and then listen to samples of their songs and purchase the ones you like. Then you can either pick one or two to play for a certain scene or just let them all play.
  4. You can pick a theme like “Pixar Playlist” and create sections to place the different songs under that pertain to that type of scenes you will write in your story. Then, when you are writing a certain scene you listen to the selections that fit that scene description.

Side note: Mixing up the music is a good exercise to try at least once.  What do I mean? Say you have a romantic scene you need to write. You can just play romantic film scores or you could throw in a few songs that you would normally use for Intense scenes or scenes of conflict. Why? Because while you are in the process of writing your scene the intense song will pop on and all of a sudden your love scene gets more depth, it finds an intensity it wouldn’t have found before on just romantic music.

Below are songs that “spoke” to me off of each Pixar movie soundtrack. I listened to a sample of every song before deciding what category to put it in. This is something that is highly personal. If you listen to a song and think I’m crazy for putting it in the scene section that I did, that’s completely ok. Music effects everyone differently. I just hope that you use this play list as inspiration to create one of your own. The sections I have created are (1) Breather/Light-Hearted Scenes (2) Fast-paced Scenes (3) Romantic Scenes (4) Intense/Conflict Scenes (5) Ominous/Dread Scenes (6) Action/Climax Scenes (7) Closing Scenes. Enjoy!

My Pixar Playlist

The “Breather” Scenes/ Light Hearted

A Bug’s Life by Randy Newman

The Flik Machine
Seed to Tree
Flik Leaves
Flik’s Return

Brave by Patrick Doyle
Fate and Destiny
Legends Are Lessons

Cars by Randy Newman
Dirt is Different
New Road
The Piston Cup

Cars 2 by Michael Giacchino
Radiator Reunion

Finding Nemo by Thomas Newman
Mr. Ray, Scientist
Gill
Stay Awake
The Little Clownfish
Sydney Harbour

Monster’s Inc. by Randy Newman
School
Walk To Work
Oh Celia!
Boo’s Tired
Boo’s Going Home

Monster’s Univeristy by Randy Newman
Mike and Sulley
Sulley

The Incredibles by Michael Giacchino
Life’s Incredible Again
Off To Work

Toy Story by Randy Newman
Andy’s Birthday
Mutants

Toy Story 2 by Randy Newman
Chicken Man
Woody’s A Star
The Cleaner
Al’s Toy Barn
Use Your Head

Toy Story 3 by Randy Newman
Sunnyside

Up By Michael Giacchino
Up With Titles
We’re In the Club Now
Walkin The House

Wall-E by Thomas Newman
Bubble Wrap
Repair Ward
72 Degrees and Sunny

Fast Paced Scenes

A Bug’s Life by Randy Newman
Circus Bugs

Cars by Randy Newman

Opening Race

Tractor Tipping

Cars 2 by Michael Giacchino

Mater the Waiter

The Lemon Pledge

Blunder and Lightning

Finding Nemo by Thomas Newman

Firs Day

Short Term Dory

Jellyfish Forest

Filter Attempt

P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way

Monster’s Inc by Randy Newman

Boo’s Adventure in Monstropolis

The Incredibles by Michael Giacchino

The Glory Days

100 Mile Dash

Toy Story by Randy Newman

Wood’s Gone

Toy Story 2 by Randy Newman

Wheezy and the Yard Sale

Up by Michael Giacchino

He’s Got the Bird

Wall-E by Thomas Newman

Desperate Eve

Romantic Scenes

A Bug’s Life by Randy Newman

Atta

Brave by Patrick Doyle

In Her Heart

Cars by Randy Newman

Bessie

McQueen and Sally

Finding Nemo  by Thomas Newman

Haiku

Monster’s Univeristy by Randy Newman

Goodbyes

Oozma Kappa

Toy Story by Randy Newman

Hang Together

Up by Michael Giacchino

Married Life

Carl Goes Up

Paradise FOund

The Nickle Tour

Stuff We Did

The Ellie Badge

Wall-E by Thomas Newman

Eve

Define Dancing

All That Love’s About

Static

Conflict/Intense Scenes

A Bug’s Life by Randy Newman

Hopper and His Gang

Loser

Ants Fight Back

Brave by Patrick Doyle

I am Merida

The Witch’s Cottage

Through The Castle

Mum Goes Wild

Cars by Randy Newman

McQueen’s Lost

Goodbye

Cars 2 by Michael Giacchino

Turbo Transmission

Cranking Up The Heat

Whose Engine Is This?

Going To The Backup Plan

Axelrod Exposed

Finding Nemo by Thomas Newman

Barracuda

Friends Not Food

Squishy

Fish in My Hair

Monster’s Inc by Randy Newman

Boo Escaped

Celia’s Mad

Exile

Waternoose is Waiting

Monster’s Univeristy by Randy Newman

Stinging Glow Urchin

Field Trip

The Incredibles by Michael Giacchino

Adventure Calling

New and Improved

Kronos Unvelied

A While Family of Supers

Toy Story by Randy Newman

Soldier’s Mission

Presents

Buzz

Woody and Buzz

The Big One

Toy Story 2 by Randy Newman

Woody’s Been Stolen

Jessie and The Roundup Gang

Let’s Save Woody

Off to the Museum

Toy Story 3 by Randy Newman

Garbage

Woody Bails

You Got Lucky

Up by Michael Giacchino

Canine Conundrum

The Small Mailman Returns

Wall-E by Thomas Newman

2812A.D.

Eye Surgery

Worry Wait

Gopher

March of Gels

Ominous/Dread Scenes

A Bug’s Life by Randy Newman

Red Alert

Brave by Patrick Doyle

Show Us the Way

Cars 2 by Michael Giacchino

It’s Finn Mcmissle

History’s Biggest Loser Cars

Mater Warns McQueen

Finding Nemo by Thomas Newman

Lost

Why Trust A Shark

Time To Let Go

Fishing Around

Swim Down

Monster’s Inc by Randy Newman

Putting Boo Back

Mike’s In Trouble

Monster’s University by Randy Newman

The Library

Dean Hardscrabble

Human World

Did you do this?

The Incredibles by Michael Giacchino

My Huph Will See You Now

Bob Vs. the Omnidroid

The New Babysitter

Toy Story by Randy Newman

Sid

On The Move

Toy Story 3 by Randy Newman

Come To Papa

Up by Michael Giacchino

Three Dog Dash

The Explorer

Carl’s Maiden Voyage

Muntz’s Dark Reverie

Wall-E by Thomas Newman

The Spaceship

Thrust

Directive A-113

Action/Climax Scenes

A Bug’s Life by Randy Newman

Robin Hood

Dot’s Rescue

Grasshoper’s Return

Vistory

Brave by Patick Doyle

The Games

Merida Rides Away

Not Now!

Get The Key

We’ve Both Changed

Cars by Randy Newman

The Big Race

Cars 2 by Michael Giacchino

Tarmac the Magnificent

Porto Corsa

Mater’s the Bomb

The Other Shoot

Monster’s, Inc. by Randy Newman

Enter The Heroes

Boo is a Cube

Randall’s Attack

The Ride of the Doors

Monster’s University by Randy Newman

The Scare Games

The Big Score

The Incredibles by Michael Giacchino

Missile Lock

Toy Story by Randy Newman

Infinity and Beyond

Toy Sotry 2 by Randy Newman

Zurg’s Planet

Ride Like The Wind

Toy Story 3 by Randy Newman

To The Dump

The Claw

Up by Michael Giacchino

52 Chacki Pickup

Esape from Muntz the Bird

Giving Muntz the Bird

Seizing the Spirit of Adventure

Wall-E by Thomas Newman

Eve Retrieve

Septuacentennial

Wall-e’s Pod Adventure

Mutiny!

Rogue Robots

Tilt

The Holo-Detector

Hyperjump

Closing Scenes

A Bug’s Life by Randy Newman

Don’t Come Back

Brave by Patrick Doyle

Merida’s Home

Cars by Randy Newman

Pre Race Pageantry

Finding Nemo by Thomas Newman

Main Title: Nemo Egg

News Travels

Finding Nemo

Frond’s Like These

Monster’s Inc by Randy Newman

Sully Scared Boo

Kitty

Monster’s Univeristy by Randy Newman

Young Michael

Toy Story 2 by Randy Newman

Talk To Jesse

Toy Story 3 by Randy Newman

So Long

Up by Michael Giacchino

Memories Can Weigh You Down

It’s Just A House

Wall-E by Thomas Newman

The Axiom

Horizon 12.2

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About Darla G. Denton, Writer

I am a Contemporary Romance Writer for Curvy women and the men who love them.
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One Response to A Pixar Playlist: 204 Songs To Help Inspire Your Next Scene

  1. Harliqueen says:

    Wow, what an extensive list! 😀

    Like

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