Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Disney and the Walt Disney Animation Studios. I received an all-expense paid trip so that I could gather and share this information. However, all experiences and opinions are always 100% honest and my own.
We had such a fun session when we were at the Disney animation studios. We got to learn about how the simplest things were done for the films. We met with Bleu (in hat) and Brett to find out how they score music for animated movies.
So when they score for an animated movie they have sounds for each character. They have to figure out what that sound will be. With this movie, it was the first one Brett had ever worked on. They did a collaborative effort. There were aspects that they didn’t know about. Like Gruff is primitive and there’s places in Pixie Hollow that we’ve not been there before. So we need some unique sounds that when you heard them you knew which character it was associated with. He also wanted them to be percussive in nature.
So thinking of those things we drove around and went to a local garden center. I bought lots of different pots and other odd items that made sounds that didn’t come from a sound library. So they weren’t easily identifiable. Well those pots ended up being used as a sound in the movie. We had the idea to use these big toms for Gruff. We wanted sounds that when you heard them made you wonder what’s about to happen next. We used large metal trash cans and these things called whirly turns. The whirly tunes had a high soprano that you could change by cutting the length of them. We also wanted a strumming instrument sound but not a guitar or anything obvious. So we used a dulcimer and I fretted it while he used hammers to play at the same time. It was a lot of fun to make the music for this film.
Check out my Tinkerbell interview with the director and producer. Here I heard the story behind how the movie got it’s start and why they wanted to make it. That made me want to see it. Then I was able to learn about the animation process from Mike and Ryan. Don’t forget to check out my Ginnifer Goodwin post about being a working mom. Check out my Tinkerbell giveaway and win it for your own family. Be sure to get Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast. Otherwise own it on Blu-Ray, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere March 3! Available Everywhere now!!!