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The Animation Soundtrack


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Normand Roger on The Animation Soundtrack, on Sunday, August 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater on Vine Street in Hollywood.

For this special presentation, Roger will discuss his creative approach to the animation soundtrack in an onstage conversation with composer Michael Giacchino (THE INCREDIBLES, RATATOUILLE). They will be joined by animator Frédéric Back (CRAC, THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES), with whom Roger collaborated on six films. In addition, four Animated Short Film winners which feature Roger’s scores and sound design will be screened in their entirety: EVERY CHILD (1979, directed by Eugene Fedorenko), CRAC (1981, directed by Frédéric Back), THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA (1999, directed by Alexander Petrov) and FATHER AND DAUGHTER (2000, directed by Michael Dudok de Wit).

This program is presented in conjunction with the opening night of the exhibition Frédéric Back: A Life’s Drawings on display in the lobby of the Linwood Dunn Theater. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. Tickets may be purchased online at, in person at the Academy box office or by mail. For more information, call (310) 247-3600

(Image above from Synchromie (1971) by Norman McLaren)

  • Saturnome

    Nothing but classics mentioned in this article!
    Good to see Frédéric Back is still around.

  • Chuck R.

    Glad to see Michael Giacchino getting some attention. His music for Brad Bird’s Pixar films are fantastic and contribute greatly to their appeal.
    I don’t want to ruin any surprises, but are there any secrets to the sound in Every Child? The film itself suggests a very simple technique was used.
    Looks like a great program —alas, I’m in the Midwest.

  • Wow! Really wish I could be there for this one.

  • Frederick Back?! And I can’t be there? I think I might cry…