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Toys
(1992)
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1992 Geffen
1997 Bootleg
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Performed, and Produced by:
Hans Zimmer
Trevor Horn
Bruce Woolley

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Shirley Walker

Co-Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Geffen Records
(December 15th, 1992)

Bootleg
(1997)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1992 Geffen album was a regular U.S. release. The 1997 bootleg masquerades as a promotional product, and it was circulated widely on the secondary market in subsequent years.
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Buy it... on either the commercial product or the score-only bootleg alternatives if you have seen the film and clearly know what you're getting into, even if you're an enthusiast of Hans Zimmer's early electronic style.

Avoid it... on the commercial album if you have no interest in the majority of obnoxious songs utilized in the film and want only the roughly ten minutes of decent Zimmer material to be found on the bootleg albums.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #608
WRITTEN 7/9/04, REVISED 9/29/11
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Toys: (Hans Zimmer/Trevor Horn) Reportedly the first idea for a film that director Barry Levinson had ever wanted to make, Toys was a dozen years in the making and just a few weeks in the crumbling. Hailed as a shining star right before its opening in 1992, the movie teamed Levinson once again with Robin Williams (the wildly successful pairing from Good Morning, Vietnam), Joan Cusack, and Michael Gambon as an evil "General" (long before stepping into the role of Dumbledore after the death of Richard Harris in the Harry Potter franchise). But despite a stunning array of colors and an equally intriguing set of socio-political ideas, Toys failed miserably in its task. It's tale of a family battle over an idyllic toy factory, a struggle for control of the manufacturing focus between the benevolent son (Williams), who wants to continue the wholesome nature of the business, and the militaristic uncle (Gambon), who has grandiose and insane visions of producing violent, dangerous toys of war. There are really too many parallels and sub-plots in Toys to discuss; themes of espionage and domestic terrorism surely keep the film from being recommended to children, and Levinson's reasons for making the picture are still unclear decades years later. The lack of narrative cohesion in the film leads to a mesmerizing and confusing overall experience, a problem compounded by the music chosen for its soundtrack. A series of new age-related avenues were explored in Toys, with Enya's dreamy "Ebundae" perfectly summing up the cloudy but distantly optimistic atmosphere of the story. Levinson had found success in his work with composer Hans Zimmer for Rain Man in 1988, and the budding composer was asked to provide an extension of Enya's then-super popular new age sound (along with the vague Celtic tones that often came with it) in his largely electronic score for Toys. Like the film, however, Zimmer's contribution (produced with long-time arranger and associate Trevor Horn in what was perhaps his most significant collaborative project in the formative years leading up to the Media Ventures enterprise) would suffer from a similar lack of purpose or direction in its development of anything more than a vague atmosphere of emotional glaze.



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VIEWER RATINGS
356 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.66 Stars
***** 49 5 Stars
**** 53 4 Stars
*** 77 3 Stars
** 83 2 Stars
* 94 1 Stars
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just because you don't get it doesn't mean it's bad
vampire 404 - January 13, 2005, at 7:05 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1992 Geffen Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 47:21
• 1. Winter Reveries - written by Tchaikovsky (2:15)
• 2. The Closing of the Year (Main Theme)** (3:16)
• 3. Ebundae - performed by Enya (1:49)
• 4. The Happy Worker*** (4:19)
• 5. Alsatia's Lullaby* (4:16)
• 6. Workers*** (1:11)
• 7. Let Joy and Innocence Prevail** (4:58)
• 8. The General* (2:22)
• 9. The Mirror Song*** (4:35)
• 10. Battle Introduction* (2:45)
• 11. Welcome to the Pleasuredome (Into Battle Mix) - performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood (4:43)
• 12. Let Joy and Innocence Prevail** (5:01)
• 13. The Closing of the Year (Reprise)*** (5:29)
* contains score material composed by Hans Zimmer
** contains score material composed by Hans Zimmer and Trevor Horn
*** song composed by Trevor Horn and Bruce Woolley
Bootleg Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 39:05

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts for neither the 1992 Geffen album nor the 1997 bootlegs include extra information about the score or film.
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