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Mom and Dad Save the World
(1992)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage

Performed by:
The National Philharmonic Orchestra
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Varèse Sarabande
(August 18th, 1992)
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Regular U.S. release, but difficult to find in stores after a few years.
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Buy it... only if you are in the mood to hear Jerry Goldsmith at his most playful in the comedy genre, with tumultuous, largely orchestral, prancing mayhem from start to finish.

Avoid it... if Goldsmith's predictable slapstick styles of Dennis the Menace and Looney Tunes: Back in Action annoy you too much in any context to appreciate on album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #953
WRITTEN 6/25/98, REVISED 10/31/11
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Mom and Dad Save the World: (Jerry Goldsmith) In Hollywood during the early 1990's, the straight-to-video market was being diverted in many cases to big screen releases, often allowing ridiculously awful films to suffer a week in theatres before disappearing. One such entry was the following Warner Brothers disaster that nearly got the ax several times in pre-production and obviously should have. The 1992 flop Mom and Dad Save the World is a sci-fi spoof from Chris Matheson (the son of 1950's science-fiction icon and Ray Bradbury collaborator, Richard Matheson) and Ed Solomon, the pair of deviants who wrote Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Directed by Greg Beeman with cardboard sets and comedy methodology that makes a bad attempt to mimic the style of Mel Brooks (Spaceballs is infinitely better than this), Mom and Dad Save the World involves the Emperor of the planet Spengo, Tod the Destroyer (Jon Lovitz), and his plot to destroy the Earth because of its cocky populace. First, however, he spots an unhappy housewife (Terri Garr) and beams her and her husband in their wood-paneled station wagon to Spengo so that he can make her his wife. The husband and wife combine forces with all sorts of perverted creatures (not to mention a barely clothed Kathy Ireland and her tribal cohorts) to overthrow the emperor. Along the way, they encounter death rays, renegade bird men, a mind-melt machine, and, among others, a puppet character shaped like a penis. Or a mushroom. Take your pick. Such abominations didn't bother composer Jerry Goldsmith, who dove from the emotional trauma of battling with the filmmakers over the scoring of Basic Instinct into this unbelievable mess and seems to have had a very enjoyable time doing so. Both Goldsmith and contemporary A-list composer James Horner went through a phase in the early 1990's during which they were attracted to brainless comedy assignments despite little involvement in the genre during the prior decade. Most of these comedies had some basic redeeming quality; in Horner's case, the call was towards the children's genre more than straight comedy. For Goldsmith, with the aid of director Joe Dante, the comedies tended to be aimed more at adults, sometimes with disastrous results. Undoubtedly, Mom and Dad Save the World was one such clear miss.



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Average: 2.83 Stars
***** 31 5 Stars
**** 45 4 Stars
*** 61 3 Stars
** 53 2 Stars
* 46 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 40:31
• 1. Meet Spengo (2:42)
• 2. The Death Ray Laser (2:28)
• 3. Morning Paper/The Abduction (4:17)
• 4. Photo Session (1:46)
• 5. Family Talk (1:21)
• 6. Tod, The Destroyer (0:41)
• 7. The Lub-lubs (2:47)
• 8. True Power (2:23)
• 9. The Needle (3:18)
• 10. Target Practice (1:59)
• 11. Rebel Dance (1:08)
• 12. I Love My Wife (1:38)
• 13. Gathering Forces (5:46)
• 14. Misunderstood (4:44)
• 15. The Flight Home (2:10)
• 16. On the Roof (0:56)

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