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Spy Kids
(2001)
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Co-Composed, Arranged, and Co-Orchestrated by:

Co-Composed by:
Danny Elfman
Harry Gregson-Williams
Gavin Greenaway
Chris Boardman
Heitor Pereira
Marcel Rodriguez

Co-Composed and Produced by:
Robert Rodriguez

Co-Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Ladd McIntosh
Don Nemitz
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Chapter III Records
(April 10th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are either a fan of the Spy Kids franchise or seek a spunky and spirited, Latin-flavored spy thriller in the children's adventure genre.

Avoid it... if you prefer not to spend most of the listening experience trying to piece together the portions of the score written by each of its numerous composers and featuring their distinctly disparate styles.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #394
WRITTEN 4/27/01, REVISED 1/11/09
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Spy Kids: (John Debney/Danny Elfman/Robert Rodriguez/Various) In 2001, nobody could have imagined that El Mariachi director Robert Rodriguez had wholesome family entertainment like this in his system. The Spy Kids franchise obviously became something of pet project for Rodriguez, whose entries in the genre of children's spy thrillers were of high enough quality to serve their purpose without completely abandoning all hope for adults in the audience. It also more importantly gave the industry something that simply did not exist within its ranks: a family of Hispanic heroes. Regardless of your tolerance for the snazzy style of the Spy Kids franchise, the music situation has been something of a curiosity in all of its entries. These scores have been complicated by Rodriguez's desire to write some, if not much of the music himself, relying on John Debney to help flesh out his ideas into functional orchestral works. From a logistical perspective, though, the music for this first adventure flick to chronicle the endeavors of the Cortez family was the kind of nightmare that would have been inconceivable in Hollywood just ten years prior. The scoring by committee philosophy, as strange as it must have seemed to the Elmer Bernsteins and Maurice Jarres of the community, had actually become a popular avenue of scoring for the modern composer guild. With the existence of organizations such as Media Ventures, projects like Gladiator, with three primary composers and a number of contributors, had been proven to actually work. Composers can step in for a week of messing around on the scoring stage, write a theme or screw around with another guy's theme, and then take off. Whether he or she actually gets credit on the cue sheet is another matter. In the case of Spy Kids, however, this process is exploited to the extreme.

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1,870 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.92 Stars
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The music is Ok.
Jay - May 18, 2003, at 2:06 p.m.
1 comment  (2071 views)
The soundtrack is boring
Ali W. - September 1, 2002, at 1:32 p.m.
1 comment  (2514 views)
Why so many composers???? *NM*
DIEGO - July 18, 2002, at 9:02 p.m.
1 comment  (2048 views)
Floop´s Song   Expand >>
Leonel Pinheiro - October 4, 2001, at 9:50 a.m.
5 comments  (5457 views)
Newest: December 6, 2011, at 10:04 p.m.by FominArkadij
Spy Kids Short Review   Expand >>
Daren - May 1, 2001, at 12:08 a.m.
2 comments  (3589 views)
Newest: October 3, 2002, at 9:18 a.m.by Robby Blank
Addt'l Spy Kids soundclips
Ryan - April 29, 2001, at 7:56 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 31:06
• 1. Cortez Family (1:38)
   Composed by Gavin Greenaway, Heitor Pereira, and Harry Gregson-Williams
• 2. My Parents are Spies (2:07)
   Composed by Danny Elfman
• 3. Spy Wedding (2:09)
   Composed by Los Lobos, Robert Rodriguez, and Marcel Rodriguez
• 4. Spy Kids Demonstration (1:03)
   Composed by John Debney, Robert Rodriguez, and Marcel Rodriguez
• 5. Parents on a Mission (1:15)
   Composed by John Debney, Danny Elfman, Gavin Greenaway, and Heitor Pereira
• 6. Kids Escape House (3:12)
   Composed by Gavin Greenaway and Heitor Pereira
• 7. Pod Chase (1:37)
   Composed by John Debney, Danny Elfman, and Harry Gregson-Williams
• 8. The Safehouse (0:45)
   Composed by John Debney and Danny Elfman
• 9. The Third Brain (0:58)
   Composed by John Debney, Robert Rodriguez, and Marcel Rodriguez
• 10. Buddy Pack Escape (1:37)
   Composed by Danny Elfman
• 11. Oye Como Spy (2:57)
   Composed by David Garza and Robert Rodriguez, Performed by Los Lobos
• 12. Floop's Song (Cruel World) (0:58)
   Words and Music by Danny Elfman, Performed by Alan Cumming
• 13. Spy Go Round (2:10)
   Composed by Gavin Greenaway and Heitor Pereira
• 14. Minion (1:02)
   Composed by Chris Boardman, Gavin Greenaway, Heitor Pereira, and Robert Rodriguez
• 15. Sneaking Around Machete's (0:34)
   Composed by Danny Elfman
• 16. The Spy Plane (1:27)
   Composed by John Debney and Danny Elfman
• 17. Floop's Castle (1:27)
   Composed by Chris Boardman
• 18. Final Family Theme (1:40)
   Composed by Harry Gregson-Williams
• 19. Spy Kids (Save the World) (2:20)
   Arranged and Performed by Fonda

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The insert includes extensive credits and a March 2001 note from the director about the process of creating the score.
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