Musical Monday: Bouncing Like Pogo

Truth time:  I kind of got tired of mail on Mondays. I have a ton of letterhead saved up, so we’ll come back to it at some point, but I’ve been thinking a lot about background music lately. I love it, and I totally listen to it, but … there’s just so much else out there to love!

I touched on it a few months ago in a piece I wrote for This Happy Place Blog, when I made a totally badass non-Disney Disney song mix tape for you. Buuuuuuuuuuut I want to share something a little different with you today …


That amazing awesome gem was made by Nick Bertke, an Australian music producer who also goes by the name Pogo. He basically made an entirely gorgeous song out of sounds sampled from Pixar’s Up. What’s even cooler is that he made it with Pixar’s blessing … and John Lasseter shook his hand. I don’t know how or why, but somehow, the song completely recaptures that warm, happy feeling that Up always gives me.


I really love the way this one—made up of sounds from Snow White—sounds both antiqued and modern at the same time. It has a sort of somber 1940s feeling, especially in the beginning, but once Pogo adds the mining phrase at around 40 seconds, it picks up a bit and makes me feel a little dancey. (What do you mean, dancey isn’t a word?!)

Boo Bass

This is another of Pogo’s sick compositions, made with samples from Monsters Inc. I have the biggest soft spot for Boo and her sweet little baby sounds, so I can’t get enough of this. And the visuals are stunningly well put together.

These are just three of my favorites, but you really need to head over to his YouTube page to check out his work. There are songs based on Cinderella, The Sword in the Stone, Mary Poppins and other, non-Disney cannon, like The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka. So much awesome!

Hope you enjoyed this musical interlude—and let me know if you’d like to hear more music in the future! 

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