Dodd describes his collaboration with the composers, musicians, and singers, and what makes working with Pixar so special.

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s Onward introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.

And there is magic in Onward indeed! In every bit of it. And in every note of the score composed by Mychael and Jeff Danna. The two brothers know how to take us on a musical journey unlike any other, with that mix of classical, traditional and rock influences that they’re known for. To conduct that masterpiece, they appealed to Nicholas Dodd, with whom they’re used to collaborating, and who did some of the orchestrations, too.

Nicholas Dodd is regarded as one of the leading conductors and orchestrators of Hollywood film music. After graduating from the Royal College of Music in composition and orchestration, Nicholas first acted as a music producer, owning a recording studio in London; and it was in those early days that he met composer David Arnold, a fateful encounter. They first worked together on the British movie The Young Americans (1993), followed immediately by the major success Stargate, which took the duo to Hollywood.

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