BY THOMAS NEWMAN
"UNFORGETTABLE" END-CREDIT SONG
PERFORMED BY SIA
Walt Disney Records will release the original motion picture soundtrack for "Finding Dory" on June 17.
The score was composed and conducted by thirteen-time Oscar® nominee and six-time Grammy® winner Thomas Newman ("Spectre," "Bridge of Spies," "Saving Mr. Banks"). Rated PG, "Finding Dory" opens nationwide on June 17.
"Finding Dory" welcomes back to the big screen Dory, friends Marlin and Nemo—and Newman.
"To me, he was one of the cast members of 'Finding Nemo,'" director Andrew Stanton said. "We formed a close relationship ever since, and now that he is behind the score for 'Finding Dory,' it feels like the last member of the family has arrived at the reunion."
"There was no way I could not do 'Finding Dory,'" Newman said, who was nominated for an Oscar® for his work on "Finding Nemo" and won a Grammy® (best song written for motion picture, television or other visual media) on Stanton's "WALL•E." "It's ironic that a movie about fish—some in aquariums, some in open water—has such a huge range of emotive possibilities—from the hysterical to the deeply profound and primally frightening. That's exciting to ponder musically."
The "Finding Dory" score features both an orchestral and electronic approach, allowing the composer flexibility. He employs dulcimer guitars, tympani drums and soprano vibraphones to support the storytelling in a unique way.
"I have such a love of percussion color," Newman said. "I like the high-metal rhythms and quirky sounds."
Five-time Grammy® nominee singer-songwriter Sia performs the film's end-credit song, "Unforgettable."
American songwriter Irving Gordon wrote the song in 1951, and in 1992 won a Grammy® for it when Natalie Cole included the tribute to her late father on her album of duets.
"Unforgettable" remains revered worldwide today.
Sia performed the song last month on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
DeGeneres, coincidentally, is the voice of the much beloved and forever forgetful blue tang Dory.
"Dory's story makes me teary," said Sia. "When Ellen asked me, I couldn't refuse"
Andrew Stanton has long been a fan of the native Australian performer.
"In the same way Robbie Williams did his own unique twist on a classic song for 'Finding Nemo,' Sia captures the soulful truth of the Nat King Cole classic 'Unforgettable,' and makes it all her own," Stanton said. "They are a perfect complement to one another, just like the two films."
The "Finding Dory" soundtrack, featuring Thomas Newman's score and Sia's rendition of "Unforgettable," will be available from Walt Disney Records on June 17, wherever music is sold.
ABOUT THE MOVIE
Disney•Pixar's "Finding Dory" welcomes back to the big screen everyone's favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who's living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California's prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI's most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O'Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.
Directed by Andrew Stanton ("Finding Nemo," "WALL•E"), co-directed by Angus MacLane ("Toy Story OF TERROR!"), and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer "WALL•E"), Disney•Pixar's "Finding Dory" swims into theaters June 17, 2016. For more information, like us on Facebook, facebook.com/PixarFindingDory, and follow us on Twitter, @findingdory and Instagram, instagram.com/DisneyPixar.