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Cats & Dogs
(2001)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jon Kull
Louis Febre
Ira Hearshen
Chris Klatman
Jeff Atmajian
Frank Bennett
Don Nemitz

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony

Co-Produced by:
Michael Mason
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 21st, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are among those who balked at spending the money on the rare albums for John Debney's My Favorite Martian and Inspector Gadget, for Cats & Dogs is a very similar alternative.

Avoid it... if you rank predictable parody scores by the number of creative instrumental opportunities missed in their contents.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #897
WRITTEN 8/28/01, REVISED 2/8/09
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Cats & Dogs: (John Debney) Attempting to cater to the suburban world's population of 8-year-olds, the directorial debut of Lawrence Guterman is a comedy techno thriller about the highly sophisticated worldwide battle that exists between cats and dogs (without the knowledge of those pesky humans, of course). When a human invents a cure for his species allergies to dog dander, the secret agents of cat society swing into action to stop an event that could switch the balance of power in the pet world over to dogs. The mutts have their own agents however, and accompanying the remarkably stupid original script for the film is an utterly predictable score by children's genre veteran John Debney. Whether or not by his own choice, Debney was entrenching himself into the typecast of a composer whose expertise suited him best for the action/comedy genre, and especially wacky and dumb children's films. His career had been defined by these projects since the mid-1990's, and yet most of the attention brought to Debney by mainstream score fans was caused by such uncharacteristic projects as Cutthroat Island and End of Days. Since 1999, Debney had been experimenting in a variety of genres, including the electronically dense and marginally enjoyable scores for Michael Jordan to the Max (an IMAX picture in which Debney's score is upstaged by the insertion of Hans Zimmer's Crimson Tide into certain key sequences) and the football comedy The Replacements, which was best forgotten on both screen and album. For Cats & Dogs, Debney was presented with the paycheck-collecting opportunity to record with a large Los Angeles orchestra and flex his muscle in slapstick comedy scoring once again. His work for My Favorite Martian and Inspector Gadget never made it onto commercial albums, though their promotional releases remained popular finds in the collector's markets at the time of this 2001 entry in the genre. For the composer, Cats & Dogs is a sister score to My Favorite Martian and Inspector Gadget rather than to Paulie, the misadventure with a talking bird that was released by Varèse Sarabande to grumbling fans three years prior. Casual collectors of Debney's works will notice very little difference between Cats & Dogs and those prior, highly functional parody scores.

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413 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.19 Stars
***** 81 5 Stars
**** 102 4 Stars
*** 109 3 Stars
** 59 2 Stars
* 62 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 33:54
• 1. Main Titles (2:40)
• 2. The Neighborhood (3:10)
• 3. Lou the Dreamer (1:44)
• 4. Meet Mr. Tinkles/The Formula (2:04)
• 5. Kung-Fu Kats (2:28)
• 6. Meet the Team (1:21)
• 7. The Russian! (2:53)
• 8. Team Theme/Montage/The Discovery (4:04)
• 9. Tinkles Plots/Limo Ride/Flocking Factory (3:41)
• 10. Blasting to Headquarters (2:23)
• 11. Lou Saves the Day (3:41)
• 12. Lou's Alive! (2:11)
• 13. Dress-Up Time for Tinkles (1:32)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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