Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile has been tapped to perform an emotionally poignant song, “Carried Me With You,” for the end credits of the upcoming Disney and Pixar film Onward. The song is written and produced by Carlile, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth, for the original motion picture soundtrack, available digitally from Walt Disney Records on February 28, 2020.
Brandi Carlile shared her excitement on the opportunity to be a part of a Pixar film in a musical capacity:
“‘Carried Me With You’ is a song about not taking love for granted—accepting love even when you don’t feel like you deserve it, It’s absolutely wonderful to be a part of a Pixar film! I can’t wait for my little girls to see it! It’ll no doubt have all the wonder, imagination and creative life lessons our family has come to love about Pixar films.”
The all-new, original film features a dynamic score from multiple-award-winning composers Mychael and Jeff Danna (The Good Dinosaur), When they ventured to Pixar Animation Studios to learn about a new project from director Dan Scanlon, they had no idea what to expect and what they heard astonished them.
It’s weirdly and uncannily personal for us, as soon as Dan started talking about it, the hairs went up on the back of my neck. The whole story: father is an accountant and dies when the brothers are young, and how the relationship of the brothers is affected. In our case we were 19 and 13. As a composer, you have to understand and relate to the emotion of the characters. You have to empathize with them and go to your own experiences. Sometimes that can take some effort, but in this case, there was no problem accessing all the personal emotion we have about this story.”
When teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) get an unexpected opportunity to spend one more day with their late dad, they embark on an extraordinary quest aboard Barley’s epic van Guinevere. Like any good quest, their journey is filled with magic spells, cryptic maps, impossible obstacles, and unimaginable discoveries.
Directed by Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) and produced by Kori Rae, Disney and Pixar’s Onward opens in theaters on March 6, 2020. The film is based on Scanlon’s personal experiences with his brother.