Barry Manilow's soundtrack would have upped the mediocrity on a better project, but The Pebble and the Penguin as a film was conceived with such dismal effort from the then struggling Don Bluth studio that the songs and score work on a somewhat passing level. Drama queen Martin Short stutters (purposely) through "Sometimes I Wonder." The always over the top Tim Curry belches out evil penguin Drake's "Don't Make Me Laugh" (he must have an entire resumé based on his achievements in villainous showstoppers), and James Belushi squeezes in some very minor singing talent in a duet with Short called "Looks Like I Got Me a Friend." Manilow has incorporated the Irish Film Orchestra and the Irish Chamber Choir. They're put to best use on "Now and Forever," which acts as a sweeping opener, but in its attempt to borrow from the lyrical format of "Belle" from Beauty and the Beast, it does not match up to its grand ambition. The penguins are not as interesting as the characters in Beauty and segmenting the song's music with their speaking voices results in distracting a pretty good melody with meaningless dialogue. Sheena Easton and Barry Manilow performed "Now and Forever" on the original closing credits which might have boosted the the soundtrack, but surprisingly the song with the most marketing value is missing.
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AllMusic Review by Peter Fawthrop