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We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
(1993)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Don Davis
Arthur Kempel
Tom Pasatieri

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MCA Records
(December 21st, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print by 1999 and difficult to find.
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Buy it... if you're ready to get caught up in the whirlwind of James Horner's most spirited, overzealous, and orchestrally humongous slapstick effort.

Avoid it... if you value consistency and broad strokes of emotional heart in Horner animation scores such as The Land Before Time, a tone relegated to just a few minutes of time in this effort.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #472
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 11/7/11
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We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story: (James Horner) A Steven Spielberg-produced flight of fantasy, the 1993 animated film We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story basically follows four singing and dancing dinosaurs as they travel forward in time to New York and engage in activities that today would constitute a significant breech in American national security. Basic flat animation techniques and the inevitable involvement of a couple of children as supporting characters make this formula yet another yawn fest for adults. Movies like this were still being released to theatres in the early 1990's, the days before the straight-to-video market and the creation of Disney's heinous video sequel department pumped out such awful results on a regular basis without the need for theatrical distribution. Ironically, there were two films about dinosaurs in 1993 that were either produced or directed by Spielberg, and they couldn't be more stylistically different. One was Jurassic Park, for which maestro John Williams wrote one of the most popular scores of the 1990's. And then there was We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, for which James Horner tried to match Williams note for note in an effort to take a dinosaur horror score and twist it into a wildly outrageous slapstick variation. If a collector of Horner's works looks back at all of the children's music he wrote from 1988 to 1995, animated and live-action, a good head-scratching could result. But of all the somewhat bizarre projects on which Horner became involved during that era, none is stranger in content or musical result than We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story. Whether or not Horner chose these assignments simply because of his association with the producers, there was one fact about a film like We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story that would explain his involvement; the composer did seem to have had a whole lot of fun when writing and recording some of these more imaginative children's scores. Without a doubt, We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story is his most zany and energetic slapstick comedy entry. With sound effects and funky rhythms flying at breakneck speeds, this work is also Horner's response to Jerry Goldsmith's Gremlins 2: The New Batch. And given the complexity of much of the writing in We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, fans should be appreciative that the London Symphony Orchestra was once again Horner's performing group of choice, because the score makes some strenuous demands on those musicians during its wild ride.



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Average: 3.35 Stars
***** 103 5 Stars
**** 46 4 Stars
*** 57 3 Stars
** 43 2 Stars
* 51 1 Stars
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Cant wait to get this...
Person21 - September 11, 2005, at 10:50 a.m.
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A Really Pre-histerical Movie
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 59:23
• 1. Main Title/Primeval Times (4:14)
• 2. Flying Forward in Time (5:48)
• 3. Welcome to New York (2:26)
• 4. First Wish, First Flight (3:48)
• 5. A Hint of Trouble/The "Contract" (1:49)
• 6. "Roll Back the Rock"* - performed by John Goodman (2:55)
• 7. Grand Slam Demons (2:05)
• 8. Hot Pursuit (3:18)
• 9. Central Park (1:21)
• 10. Screweyes' Circus/Opening Act (1:12)
• 11. "Circus" (2:29)
• 12. Fright Radio/Rex's Sacrifice (6:39)
• 13. 'Grand Demon Parade' (7:39)
• 14. The Kids Wake Up/A New Day (2:57)
• 15. The Transformation (5:30)
• 16. Special Visitors to the Museum of Natural History (2:12)
• 17. "Roll Back the Rock"* - performed by Little Richard (2:56)
* songs co-written, produced, arranged, and lyrics by Thomas Dolby

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