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A Kid in Aladdin's Palace
(1998)
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Composed, Conducted, Orchestrated, and Produced by:
David Michael Frank

Additional Orchestrations by:
Larry Motzing

Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Citadel Records
(August 18th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release, but difficult to find in stores.
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Buy it... if you appreciate large symphonic scores that overachieve in otherwise extremely dumb circumstances within the children's genre.

Avoid it... if you don't care for B-grade video-film scores that make obvious references to famous themes from major Hollywood pictures, no matter how well they're integrated with each other.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,275
WRITTEN 8/2/98, REVISED 1/21/07
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A Kid in Aladdin's Palace: (David Michael Frank) After the 1995 kiddie comedy A Kid in King Arthur's Court made about $13 million worldwide, Lions Gate decided to make a straight-to-video sequel in 1998, moving the setting from Arthurian times to Aladdin's Arabia. Both stories involve a teenager who works as a pizza delivery boy and is magically transported to these mystical settings of the past to save the world in unlikely ways. He takes his 20th Century gadgets back with him, which in the case of the sequel includes a Swiss army knife, laptop computer, and camera. For A Kid in Aladdin's Palace, the boy assists Ali Baba and Aladdin in fending off Aladdin's evil brother, Luxor, saving Arabia while entertaining families with mirages of Burger King restaurants and incessant camel farts. In the end, the boy manages to save ancient Baghdad from itself by using his technological gizmos, funny wit, and flying carpets (the latter two of which might have been an enormous help to George W. Bush's invasion force, come to think of it), making A Kid in Aladdin's Palace a decent teenage fantasy flick. Composer J.A.C. Redford (whose work accompanied A Kid in King Arthur's Court) is replaced by David Michael Frank for the sequel. Frank was receiving the most press as any time in his career in 1997 and 1998, with both the scores to the television and IMAX films Narrow Escape and Cosmic Voyage receiving soundtrack album releases and hyped coverage. After the Citadel Records release of A Kid in Aladdin's Palace later in 1998, the composer's work would once again fade into obscurity, despite the relative strength of these three works. While Cosmic Voyage is generally considered the most attractive of the scores on album, A Kid in Aladdin's Palace is an overachieving score with plenty of listenable themes and strong references to popular desert and fantasy-related scores. Once again, the quality of Frank's music exceeds that of the film.



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Average: 2.92 Stars
***** 30 5 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 46:48
• 1. Desert Opening (2:10)
• 2. Cave of Wonders (1:07)
• 3. Sealing the Cave (1:35)
• 4. Special Delivery (1:09)
• 5. Market Chase (2:17)
• 6. Calvin from Reseda (0:30)
• 7. Harem Delights (0:54)
• 8. Secret Passage (1:36)
• 9. Camel Companion (1:34)
• 10. An Oasis (1:03)
• 11. Winging It (0:42)
• 12. Sweet Dreams (1:04)
• 13. Sea of Sand (1:32)
• 14. Burger Mirage (0:45)
• 15. Sandstorm (1:15)
• 16. Searching (0:53)
• 17. Love Blooms (1:18)
• 18. Luxor Sees All (1:04)
• 19. Valley of Death (1:27)
• 20. Guardians of the Key (1:17)
• 21. Princess Sherry (1:49)
• 22. The Key Fits (1:09)
• 23. Entering the Cave (0:47)
• 24. Betrayed (1:20)
• 25. Ali Baba's Theme (0:34)
• 26. Slam Dunk (2:38)
• 27. Change of Heart (1:43)
• 28. Raging Waters (0:51)
• 29. A Royal Beheading (2:32)
• 30. High School Hero (1:30)
• 31. Luxor Escapes (0:53)
• 32. Aladdin Awakes (1:26)
• 33. Final Goodbyes (2:03)
• 34. Date for the Dance (0:48)

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The insert includes a short note about the film and David Michael Frank.
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