Music from AC/DC is featured in “Riley’s First Date?”, the new animated short that serves as a mini-sequel to the Pixar film “Inside Out”.
Pixar has made “Riley’s First Date” available as part of the “Inside Out” digital release (and also its Blu-ray package).
“Inside Out” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on November 3. The film has grossed more than $90.4 million, making it the best opening for a Pixar original film and the second-best opening for any Pixar film after “Toy Story 3”.
In the clip below, director Josh Cooley and producer Mark Nielsen discuss “Riley’s First Date?” and the decision to use music from AC/DC.
A music supervisor who has done music placement for shows such as “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead” revealed last year that the biggest deal he’d ever brokered was for AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” in the film “Varsity Blues”. The price tag: a massive $500,000.
AC/DC has had its music featured in other movies, going back to 1986 with the release of “Who Made Who”, the soundtrack to the Stephen King film “Maximum Overdrive”. In 2010, the band came far closer to releasing a “proper” greatest-hits album with the arrival of the “Iron Man 2” soundtrack, featuring 15 songs that were an almost even split between the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras of the iconic hard rock group.
AC/DC has famously been reluctant to license its music for advertising, although the band appears to have softened its attitude toward the practice. In 2011, AC/DC allowed the opening riff to its “Back In Black” song to be used in a commercial for Walmart, three years after making its “Black Ice” album available for sale in the U.S. exclusively at Walmart stores.