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Randall Stuart "Randy" Newman is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist. He has composed the film scores and iconic songs for several Disney films, although mainly for Pixar releases. He won two Academy Awards for Best Original Song for Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story 3.

Born in Los Angeles to an extended family of Hollywood film composers, Newman began his songwriting career at the age of 17 upon graduating from University High School. After writing for artists such as Dusty Springfield, The Fleetwoods, Cilla Black, Gene Pitney, and the Alan Price Set, Newman began recording his own music which included songs like "Short People" and "I Love LA".

Having already created background music for television shows such as Lost in Space, Peyton Place, and Judd For The Defense, Newman transitioned into composing film scores. His scores can be heard in films like Cold Turkey, Ragtime, Avalon, Parenthood, Seabiscuit, The Paper, Meet the Parents, Marriage Story, and Pleasantville.

He was named a Disney Legend in 2007.

Feature Film Filmography[]

Year Film Position Subsidiary
1995 Toy Story Music/Songs Written and Performed Pixar
1996 James and the Giant Peach Original Songs/Music Walt Disney Pictures
Skellington Productions
1998 A Bug's Life Music Pixar
1999 Toy Story 2
2001 Monsters, Inc.
2006 Cars Original Score Composed and Conducted
2009 The Princess and the Frog Original Songs and Composed and Conducted/Voice Actor (Cousin Randy) Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
2010 Toy Story 3 Music Composed and Conducted Pixar
2013 Monsters University Original Score Composed and Conducted
2017 Cars 3
2019 Toy Story 4 Music Composed and Conducted

Compositions for Disneyland[]

Theme Park Song
Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney California Adventure and Tokyo DisneySea Toy Story Midway Mania!/"You've Got a Friend in Me"

Awards[]

Academy Awards[]

  • Toy Story - Nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score and Best Song "You've Got a Friend in Me"
  • James and the Giant Peach - Nominated for Best Musical or Comedy Score
  • A Bug's Life - Nominated for Academy Award for Best Musical or Comedy Score
  • Toy Story 2 - Nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Song "When She Loved Me"
  • Monsters, Inc. - Won Academy Award for Best Original Song "If I Didn't Have You"
  • Monsters, Inc. - Nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Score
  • Cars - Nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Song "Our Town"
  • Toy Story 3 - Won Academy Award for Best Original Song and World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song written directly for a Film for the song "We Belong Together"
  • Toy Story 4 - Nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Song "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away"

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