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The Secret To Getting Tom Hanks To Sing, According To The Composer Of Pinocchio


At this point, Tom Hanks has done just about everything in his career. There’s very little we haven’t seen him do, and do well, even if there are, somehow, people who don’t know who Tom Hanks is. One thing we rarely see him do, however, is sing on screen. Composer Alan Silvestri has been able to accomplish that task, not once, but twice. First, an animated version of Hanks sang in The Polar Express and more recently he did it in the flesh in the new Disney+ live-action Pinocchio. 

I recently had a chance to speak with the songwriters behind the songs that Tom Hanks sings in both The Polar Express and Pinocchio, Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, and I asked them if there was a secret to getting Tom Hanks to sing in your movie. Silvestri explained that it was simply about giving him a song that felt necessary, and then letting him do the rest. Silvestri said…   

If there’s a secret I think it’s something to do with, is this piece of material really deserving to be in this film? And I think you can depend on Mr. Hanks to honor the intent of the film. And then the next secret is, you have to write something and you have to give it to him and just be enamored with what he comes back with because it’s always spectacular as a performance.



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