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*batteries not included
(1987)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
Billy May
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print and selling for more than $75 as of the mid-1990's.
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Buy it... if you desire a foreshadowing of the balance of vintage jazz and orchestral sensitivity of James Horner's Cocoon: The Return and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

Avoid it... if you expect Horner to treat the cute, mechanized alien visitors in this film with the kind of truly unique instrumental tones that Jerry Goldsmith might have afforded them.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,601
WRITTEN 8/21/09
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*batteries not included: (James Horner) Originally meant to be an episodic entry in Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories" television series of the mid-1980's, the plot of *batteries not included was considered too overflowing with potential to constrain to anything less than a full feature film. Unfortunately, while Spielberg produced the film and brought a lot of his comfortable talent with him for Universal, he declined to schedule the film into his own directorial schedule. Instead helming *batteries not included was Matthew Robbins, and although he does a decent enough job of emulating Spielberg's sense of wonderment for the production, Robbins was quickly pounced upon by critics for missing the same touch. The basic ingredients of an affable Spielberg story of the 1980's are all there, however, merging concepts from E.T. and Cocoon to form a story of two, small flying saucers from outer space that float into the window of an elderly couple's New York apartment one night. That couple is played by Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn (not only a real-life pair but also both appearing the Cocoon: The Return the following year) and they run a restaurant at the base of their apartment complex, one that is the target of developers. The two little saucers mean well, and after using appliance parts and household power to rejuvenate themselves, they take on the cause of the couple in saving their lifestyle. The picture is as cute as one could possibly imagine, though despite strong special effects and Spielberg's influence, *batteries not included did not tug at enough heart strings to be considered truly memorable. No stranger to either Universal's Spielberg-related productions or the genre of science fiction fairy tales was composer James Horner, whose career was entering full swing (quite literally) by the time *batteries not included arrived in 1987. The assignment gave Horner the opportunity to stay firmly rooted in his comfort zone within this narrow sub-genre, plucking many of the elements from his music for Cocoon for rearrangement in *batteries not included while also testing a few ideas that would receive significantly more development in The Land Before Time the next year. In retrospect, the music for *batteries not included really doesn't offer a Horner collector anything newsworthy, especially with better exploration of all of the various components of this score in later efforts. Still, however, it is a serviceable score with only a few detriments on album.



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Total Time: 45:41
• 1. Main Title (4:59)
• 2. Night Visitor (8:50)
• 3. Hamburger Rhumba (3:42)
• 4. New Babies (3:47)
• 5. Cafe Swing (3:34)
• 6. Times Square and Farewell (6:09)
• 7. Arson (6:10)
• 8. New Family (8:29)

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