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The Annotator

106 EpisodesProduced by Christopher ColemanWebsite

The podcast where composers share thoughts and stories about their original scores. In every episode, a composer tells the creation story of their music used in some of today's top film, television and video game soundtracks.


Toby Chu - Bao (Pixar Short)

Toby Chu is a Chinese American film composer and over the last 20 years, he has composed music for over 50 films and television programs. His works include “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return,” “Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania” He is also scoring NBC’s “The Brave,” and the Freeform original series “Beyond.” 

Toby collaborated with Daft Punk, arranging and orchestrating “Adagio for Tron” on the “Tron: Legacy” soundtrack. His credits also include musical contributions to "Man on Fire," “Déjà Vu,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Domino,” and “Team America: World Police.”  Toby recently wrote the score to Pixar’s animated short "Bao." 

In “Bao,” an aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy. Mom excitedly welcomes this new bundle of joy into her life, but Dumpling starts growing up fast, and Mom must come to the bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever. This short film from Pixar Animation Studios and director Domee Shi explores the ups and downs of the parent-child relationship through the colorful, rich, and tasty lens of the Chinese immigrant community in Canada.

In this episode of The Annotator, Toby Chu walks us through his entire score for the six-minute-thirty-three-second-short giving us insight into how his score largely represents the story arc of the Mom. He shares about how he made use of both Western and Eastern orchestration and how his choices not only reflect the push and pull between two cultures but also the ups and downs of some mother-son relationships.


02:47- "Bao"


The original soundtrack was release on June 15, 2018 by Walt Disney Records. The score is available on, itunes, and streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.


You can find out more about and hear more music by Toby Chu at his official site


Produced by Christopher Coleman (@ccoleman) and you can Find more episodes at THEANNOTATOR.NET or you can subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher Radio or wherever you find quality podcasts.


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