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Small Soldiers
(1998)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage
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Varèse Sarabande
(July 28th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print.
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Buy it... if you have an affinity for the parody style of Jerry Goldsmith's The 'Burbs and don't mind hearing several of the composer's famous scores pulled together for a robust, militaristic barrage of comedy.

Avoid it... on the commercial album from Varèse Sarabande if you're in search of a piece of music you heard in the film itself, for it offers only one third of the music recorded for the production.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #139
WRITTEN 7/30/98, REVISED 3/16/08
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Small Soldiers: (Jerry Goldsmith) In the earliest days of the Dreamworks studio, Joe Dante was given an opportunity to resurrect the popularity of his cute Gremlins, merging the concept of that film's catchy plot with that Toy Story to create a suburban battle field for action figures that come to life. The idea was perfect for Dante treatment, allowing technologically enhanced toys, almost believable in reality, to take on personalities of their own and, instead of resorting to horror, decide to go to war with each other. Funny in-jokes made Small Soldiers perhaps more suitable for adults than children, though the film didn't really take hold with either audience. Among one of the expected results of Dante's return was his continued collaboration with Jerry Goldsmith, which spanned from the early 80's to the composer's final score. Their previous work together, Matinee, was entertaining enough to merit some interest, but the score is largely forgettable. The same can't be said for Small Soldiers, for which Goldsmith provides one of his stronger scores for a Dante film. The composer's large-scale parody scores, especially those that expose his sense of humor, are typically quite enjoyable. For a score as purely wacky and fun as Small Soldiers, you have to journey back to The 'Burbs, and the two works share several similarities. The opening march for the "Assembly Line" is a bombastic, over-the-top play on Goldsmith's own Patton score, which not only would receive direct parody use later in the film, but would cause Small Soldiers to join The 'Burbs as the second such manipulation of the famous 1970 score by Goldsmith.



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Good, but excellent end theme!
Rende - October 14, 2006, at 6:36 a.m.
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Total Time: 31:01
• 1. Assembly Line (3:33)
• 2. Alan and Archer (2:58)
• 3. Roll Call (4:49)
• 4. Prepare for Assault (3:46)
• 5. Branded (2:15)
• 6. Special Design (2:33)
• 7. I'm Scared (2:01)
• 8. Trust Me (4:04)
• 9. Off to Gorgon (4:41)

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The insert includes a black and white picture of Goldsmith conducting, but no extra information about the score or film.
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