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Dennis the Menace
(1993)
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1993 Big Screen
2014 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton
Alexander Courage

Co-Produced by:
Bruce Botnick

Featured Performances by:
Jim Self
Tommy Morgan
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Big Screen Records
(July 13rd, 1993)

La-La Land Records
(April 22nd, 2014)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1993 Big Screen album was a regular U.S. release, but it became difficult to find in stores after a few years. The expanded 2014 La-La Land Records album is limited to 3,000 copies and available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... only if you are a dedicated Jerry Goldsmith collector and do not quickly lose patience with the composer's nonstop slapstick comedy mode for a full orchestral ensemble.

Avoid it... if you found nothing special about the superior and very similar Looney Tunes: Back in Action score from Goldsmith or if you expect to hear his trademark electronics make more than a token contribution.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #600
WRITTEN 6/26/98, REVISED 8/17/14
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Goldsmith
Dennis the Menace: (Jerry Goldsmith) Attempting to continue the enormous fiscal success of Home Alone, one of the top grossing films of all time back during its craze in the early 1990's, producer John Hughes tells the very similarly-themed live action tale of Dennis Mitchell, perhaps the most famous kid in the history of comics. Created by Hank Ketcham and introduced in newspaper comics in 1951, Dennis has become a favorite in periodicals ever since, and his appearances eventually expanded to include a weekly television series, an animated program, and the 1993 feature film, Dennis the Menace. The film was largely ignored by audiences that had already enjoyed their fill of two Home Alone pictures and identified Dennis the Menace as a recycled old formula. The casting and settings were very well done, often appearing in live action just as you have expected them from reading the comics, but the film suffered from two fatal flaws: first, the slapstick, cruel comedy towards Dennis' neighbor, Mr. Wilson, had already been done to more deserving people in the aforementioned Home Alone films, and secondly, the inclusion of Christopher Lloyd's "Switchblade Sam" character (a thief and, in today's culture, probably a pervert, too) who served only to make parents even more fearful of long-haired weirdos wandering around the neighborhood. Composer Jerry Goldsmith seemed to have caught the John Hughes train (and plane and automobile) of success too late to really take advantage of it in his effort to further expand his considerable quantity of ventures into the light comedy realm in the early 1990's. His score for Dennis the Menace resides within a film that causes parents to glance for an hour and a half at the nearest exit, giving it a disadvantage over, for instance, his numerous scores for Joe Dante's more adult-friendly films. Goldsmith's exercise in Dennis the Menace is just that: a workout of marathon comedic proportions. The composer's proficiency in this genre is executed in mostly the orchestral domain this time, a rare circumstance in which his synthetic elements are diminished to a purely background role. Also absent are the outwardly funny nods of inspiration that often graced (or plagued) his other works, techniques aimed squarely at laughs, and in this regard, it's something of a shame that Goldsmith decided against applying his usual sound effects to this endeavor.



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Average: 3.24 Stars
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Dennis the Menace Formula
Bruno Costa - November 13, 2010, at 2:55 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1993 Big Screen Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 41:22
• 1. Dennis the Menace (Main Title) (2:52)
• 2. Baby Sitting (3:50)
• 3. Fun with False Teeth (1:54)
• 4. Bed Time (5:10)
• 5. The Shaggy Dog (4:02)
• 6. The Heist (4:14)
• 7. Wanna See my Sling Shot (1:21)
• 8. Tied Up (2:08)
• 9. Beans (4:09)
• 10. Real Love (1:29)
• 11. Hung Up (1:29)
• 12. He's Back (2:18)
• 13. Forgetful Sam (1:28)
• 14. Toasted Marshmellow (4:22)
2014 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 77:44

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The insert of the 1993 album includes biographical information about Goldsmith and the producer of the film. That of the 2014 La-La Land album contains extensive notation about the score and film.
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