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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
(1989)
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1999 Bootleg
2009 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Natty Gann Records (Bootleg)
(1999)

Intrada Records
(March 6th, 2009)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1999 bootleg was widely circulated on the collector's market until Intrada's official, limited pressing of 3,000 copies debuted in 2009. Retailing at $20, the Intrada product did not quickly sell out.
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Buy it... if you are absolutely prepared for a wacky tone of exuberant children's music clearly inspired by Raymond Scott, Carl Stalling, Danny Elfman, and James Horner's own familiar styles.

Avoid it... if you have little patience for scores that fail to combine their many disparate parts into a cohesive listening experience on album.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,499
WRITTEN 8/20/09
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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: (James Horner) One of the rare family films to woo its target audience with outstanding special effects but only a marginally effective human plotline, 1989's Honey, I Shrunk the Kids was a spectacle that tried hard to convey a sincere message about families and friendship but ultimately became overwhelmed by its impressive visuals. It represented the directorial debut of Joe Johnson, special effects wizard responsible for contributing to some of the more noteworthy fantasy films of the 1980's. Physical character actor Rick Moranis led an otherwise unfamiliar cast in portraying an amateur scientist who never invents machines of any worth until a breakthrough with a shrinking device. But when both his and his neighbor's kids accidentally shrink themselves with it, the two sets of parents go looking for them in an effort to mount a rescue before the inventive children are killed by any combination of mundane household and yard elements or, more fantastically, by the small creatures of the yard that are now monsters by comparison. The film was Walt Disney's way of pulling inspiration from a number of tried and tested formulas from eras past and creating a family reconciliation tale out of them, but a lack of genuine heart in the dramatic aspects of the plot didn't help its cause. Despite relatively poor reviews from critics, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids became a pop culture icon after its box office success, spawning a sequel and a television spin-off. One fellow crew member from many of Johnson's previous productions was James Horner, with whom he would start a formal collaboration with Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. The composer also wrote the music for the Tummy Trouble animated short shown before this film and featuring Roger Rabbit. Horner had already reached the mainstream by 1989, nominated for multiple Academy Awards and writing top notch action and drama music for a wide range of genres. Despite getting his feet wet in the family-oriented genre with live action projects like The Journey of Natty Gann and animated counterparts like The Land Before Time, he was yet to fully flourish in children's films. Still, the music in many such ventures sounded as mature as in many of their adult-aimed counterparts, and for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Horner would once again contract the services of the London Symphony Orchestra. But more so than many of his subsequent scores in the genre, this entry is distinctly rooted in the silliness of an unpredictable, overblown, cartoonish atmosphere. In fact, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is precisely the kind of exuberant children's score that could drive a grown person insane after prolonged exposure.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1999 Natty Gann Records Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 77:05
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids:
• 1. Main Title (1:56)
• 2. Breakfast (1:46)
• 3. Apple Experiment (2:04)
• 4. The Baseball (0:33)
• 5. The Shrinking Starts (0:17)
• 6. Ron and Nick (0:14)
• 7. Shrunk/Destroying the Machine (5:36)
• 8. Stuck in the Garden (4:07)
• 9. Quark to the Rescue (3:34)
• 10. Bees! (2:09)
• 11. Getting Into a Spin (1:08)
• 12. Ant Safari (0:47)
• 13. A New Pet (1:52)
• 14. A Place to Sleep (5:10)
• 15. Scorpion Attack/Anty Dies (3:30)
• 16. End Title (3:28)

In Country:
• 17. Main Title (4:55)
• 18. Letters From Vietnam (2:26)
• 19. Dwayne's Wishes (2:30)
• 20. A Night With Tom (3:47)
• 21. Listen Sam (2:40)
• 22. Night Camp (1:21)
• 23. The Road to D.C. (1:59)
• 24. Dwayne E. Hughes/At the Vietnam Memorial/Finale and End Credits (9:50)

Testament:
• 25. Testament Suite (9:26)
2009 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 51:04

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The insert of the 2009 Intrada album includes detailed information about the score and film.
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