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Why SVA Alumnus Michael Giacchino is the ‘Punniest Composer Alive’

From Vanity Fair: “War for the Planet of the Apes is the swan song for a deeply philosophical (and under-appreciated!) film series about life and loss. Its score is appropriately haunting, full of sweeping numbers that suit the film’s epic tone as the apes gear up for war against humanity. But take one look at the tracklist, and you’ll notice something funny. These emotive, dramatic numbers have titles like ‘Planet of the Escapes,’ ‘The Bad Ape Bagatelle,’ and ‘The Posse Polonaise’—it’s a veritable pun factory.

The man responsible for these gags? Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino, the artist behind the scores for films like Up, Rogue One, and Jurassic World. He’s one of the most in-demand composers of our time, the go-to guy for otherworldly, blockbuster-friendly scores. He’s also found a way to squeeze incredible puns onto every last one of those tracklists, a fact that’s made him something of an Internet hero. These are the kind of puns we’re talking about: ‘Kevin Beak'n’ (Up), ‘Helluvacopter Chase’ (Mission: Impossible III), ‘Nero Death Experience’ (Star Trek), ‘The Apes of Wrath’ (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), ‘Granny Get Your Gun’ (Ratatouille), ‘On a Ned-to-Know Basis’ (Spider-Man: Homecoming), and so, so, so many more…” (continue reading)

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