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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
(2002)
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Composed and Produced by:
Robert Rodriguez
John Debney

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Frank Benett
Jon Kull
Don Nemitz
Chris Klatman

Performed by:
The Texas Philharmonic Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan Records
(August 6th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if your kid is an enthusiast of the Spy Kids concept, because the generic children's movie fantasy material heard here offers nothing new to seasoned veterans of film music.

Avoid it... even if you are a John Debney completist if you believe, like many others, that most of his action scores between 1999 and 2004 strike the same anonymous tone.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #833
WRITTEN 3/26/03, REVISED 1/21/09
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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams: (Robert Rodriguez/John Debney) Once again an extension of Robert Rodriguez's "dream come true," the Spy Kids franchise moved effortlessly into its second installment. Flaunting many of the same parody traits as its predecessor, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams was hailed as a worthy follow-up and yet another plug in the general void of Hispanic heroes on screen. Almost the entire cast and crew from the 2001 film returned for this 2003 sequel, and Rodriguez once again saved money in his rather slim $40 million budget by serving as producer, writer, director, editor, special effects supervisor and composer for the production. The first Spy Kids score was a truly collaborative effort, built upon a foundation laid by Rodriguez and Danny Elfman, with several composers from under the roof of Hans Zimmer's Media Ventures business filling out the majority of the score. At the last minute, action and children's film veteran John Debney was brought in to flesh out some of the orchestrations, expand upon Elfman's material, and write some of his own additional flair for that score. The result was campy but serviceable music for the genre. While it functions well enough in its pieces, its weakness exists in its fragmented lack of focus. The tone is different for Spy Kids 2, which, as Rodriguez states, is a Ray Harryhausen kind of flick full odd monsters and grand, ancient settings. Unfortunately, most of the thematic and instrumental devices from the previous film are absent in the subsequent scores. In fact, this project is such a turn in a different direction that it marked the first ever performance of the newly assembled Texas Philharmonic, consisting of musicians from around the state assembled for this recording. With the Media Ventures artists and Elfman out of the equation for Spy Kids 2, Rodriguez set out to write the majority of music for the picture himself, though as before, he asked John Debney to score the remaining, arguably more complicated portions of the film. The resulting combined score mirrors the attitude of the film with ease; because the Spy Kids concept is aimed at the fantasies of kids, the score thus plays to several cliches in action and thriller music that the two writers figured would appeal to kids. That leaves adults at something of a disadvantage, though seasoned film score collectors aren't the primary target of this album anyway.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:04
• 1. The Juggler (Rodriguez) (2:08)
• 2. Spy Ballet (Rodriguez) (3:51)
• 3. Magna Men (Debney) (1:49)
• 4. Treehouse (Debney/Rodriguez) (2:03)
• 5. R.A.L.P.H. (Rodriguez) (1:07)
• 6. Floop's Dream (Rodriguez - performed by Alan Cumming) (1:11)
• 7. Escape From DragonSpy (Debney) (1:58)
• 8. SpyParents (Debney/Rodriguez) (0:57)
• 9. Island of Lost Dreams (Rodriguez) (1:04)
• 10. Donnagon's Big Office/The Giggles (Rodriguez) (2:35)
• 11. Mysterious Volcano Island (Debney) (2:03)
• 12. Romero's Zoo Too (Debney/Rodriguez) (2:47)
• 13. Mothership/Spy Grandparents (Rodriguez) (3:06)
• 14. Magna Racers (Debney/Rodriguez) (1:42)
• 15. Azetec Treasure Room (Rodriguez) (2:09)
• 16. Skeletons (Debney) (3:40)
• 17. Creature Battle (Debney) (1:48)
• 18. Romero's Creatures/Spy Beach (Rodriguez) (1:19)
• 19. Spy Dad vs. Spy Dad/Romero's Gift (Rodriguez) (2:24)
• 20. Isle of Dreams (Rodriguez - performed by Alexa Vega) (4:13)

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The insert includes a note from Rodriguez about the score and film, as well as extensive credits.
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