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29th Jun '16 5:15:44 PM nombretomado
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* In almost every film or television adaptation of ''TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'', the N-word is taken out. In one particularly tacky example, an CBS MadeForTVMovie made Jim ''white'' and removed any mention of slavery. Also, at least one removes all trace of barefootedness for some reason.

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* In almost every film or television adaptation of ''TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'', ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'', the N-word is taken out. In one particularly tacky example, an CBS MadeForTVMovie made Jim ''white'' and removed any mention of slavery. Also, at least one removes all trace of barefootedness for some reason.
28th Jun '16 12:11:29 AM PaulA
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* ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' mishmashed plot elements from LloydAlexander's book of the same name with his earlier ''The Book of Three'', gave the amalgamated villain an annoying sidekick, turned the truculent dwarves into cute little pixies, and made beast-man Gurgi the very definition of TastesLikeDiabetes. No songs, though, and about 15 minutes of the film were removed for concerns about being too "dark" (said scenes were presumably more true to the book). Disney itself acknowledges the failure of this movie nowadays, and wishes they could give their fans a more book-accurate version. Why they don't, given that they still own the adaptation rights to the series, is anyone's guess.
* In T. H. White's ''Literature/TheSwordInTheStone'', young Wart's education by the wizard Merlin contains powerful moral lessons that will help the young man face his future role as [[spoiler:KingArthur]]. [[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone The Disney version]] throws away all of the moral messages and replaces them with (admittedly sometimes very good) visual gags.

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* ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' mishmashed plot elements from LloydAlexander's book of the same name with his earlier first two books of Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' (''The Book of Three'' and ''The Book of Three'', Black Cauldron''), gave the amalgamated villain an annoying sidekick, turned the truculent dwarves into cute little pixies, and made beast-man Gurgi the very definition of TastesLikeDiabetes. No songs, though, and about 15 minutes of the film were removed for concerns about being too "dark" (said scenes were presumably more true to the book). Disney itself acknowledges the failure of this movie nowadays, and wishes they could give their fans a more book-accurate version. Why they don't, given that they still own the adaptation rights to the series, is anyone's guess.
* In T. H. White's ''Literature/TheSwordInTheStone'', young Wart's education by the wizard Merlin contains powerful moral lessons that will help the young man face his future role as [[spoiler:KingArthur]].[[spoiler:Myth/KingArthur]]. [[Disney/TheSwordInTheStone The Disney version]] throws away all of the moral messages and replaces them with (admittedly sometimes very good) visual gags.
25th Jun '16 9:54:18 PM TheNerevarine
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* The 2003 Spanish animation [[WesternAnimation/ElCid El Cid: La Leyenda]] tells the story of real-life national hero Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar. Though it lacks elements such as animal sidekicks, magic and musical numbers, this is an historical adaptation that takes several liberties to make it lighter and softer.

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* The 2003 Spanish animation [[WesternAnimation/ElCid El Cid: La Leyenda]] tells the story of real-life national hero Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar. Though it lacks elements such as animal sidekicks, magic and musical numbers, this is an historical adaptation that takes several liberties to make it lighter and softer. softer, such as toned-down violence and the lead being less morally ambiguous, all to make it more palatable for a family-friendly audience.
25th Jun '16 9:51:08 PM TheNerevarine
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* The 2003 Spanish animation [[WesternAnimation/ElCid El Cid: La Leyenda]] tells the story of real-life national hero Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar. Though it lacks elements such as animal sidekicks, magic and musical numbers, this is an historical adaptation that takes several liberties to make it lighter and softer.
24th Jun '16 8:32:31 PM nombretomado
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* Most of the dubbings of FourKidsEntertainment tend to do this, removing all the religious/ pagan/ demonic imagery, removing violence and firearms, removing almost all the references to death and murder and removing all the fanservice...You got the idea.

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* Most of the dubbings of FourKidsEntertainment Creator/FourKidsEntertainment tend to do this, removing all the religious/ pagan/ demonic imagery, removing violence and firearms, removing almost all the references to death and murder and removing all the fanservice...You got the idea.
17th Jun '16 10:52:50 AM PatPayne
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* The animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/AnimalFarm'' is Disneyfied in a similar manner to the later live action version, although a notable difference is that while the animals in the live action adaptation express their displeasure of Napoleon's policies after a cumulation of him sending Boxer to the butcher shop and altering the entirety of the animal seven commandments, especially the seventh, by simply leaving the farm, the animals actually rebel outright against Napoleon and his pigs and successfully depose his regime.

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* The animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/AnimalFarm'' is Disneyfied in a similar manner to the later live action version, although a notable difference is that while the animals in the live action adaptation express their displeasure of Napoleon's policies after a cumulation of him sending Boxer to the butcher shop and altering the entirety of the animal seven commandments, especially the seventh, by simply leaving the farm, the animals actually rebel outright against Napoleon and his pigs and successfully depose his regime. Though, given that the original novel was an allegory about Stalinism, and the animated adaptation was in large part bankrolled by the, [[ExecutiveMeddling Central Intelligence Agency, this is understandable.]] Maybe not ideal, but understandable.
13th Jun '16 8:52:20 PM Tarlonniel
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* The WarnerBros animated feature ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', supposedly based on Vera Chapman's novella ''The King's Damosel'', itself a feminist retelling of the [[KingArthur Arthurian]] tale of Linette and Gareth. Similarities between the book and the film are, in total, that the lead character is an ActionGirl with a falcon, she's accompanied by a blind man, and it's set in Arthurian England. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Although the film could have been a Darker and Faithful adaption of the book]] [[ExecutiveMeddling until dumb producers (including Frederick DuChau) decided to]] [[AdaptationDecay change the plot drastically]] and [[AnimatedMusical add songs]] [[FollowTheLeader to compete with]] Creator/{{Disney}}, [[AdaptationNameChange change all the lead characters' names]], add ''three'' {{Non Human Sidekick}}s, [[ClicheStorm add more Disney cliches]] to spice the film to more of a Disney-esqe musical (or as I like to call it a Disney Knockoff), and to top it all off, dump the BittersweetEnding in favour of "Kayley" living HappilyEverAfter with "Garrett" (an amalgamation of Lucius [the blind man] and Gareth) and you're done.

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* The WarnerBros animated feature ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', supposedly based on Vera Chapman's novella ''The King's Damosel'', itself a feminist retelling of the [[KingArthur Arthurian]] tale of Linette and Gareth. Similarities between the book and the film are, in total, that the lead character is an ActionGirl with a falcon, she's accompanied by a blind man, and it's set in Arthurian England. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Although the film could have been a Darker and Faithful adaption of the book]] [[ExecutiveMeddling until dumb producers (including Frederick DuChau) It was decided to]] [[AdaptationDecay change the plot drastically]] and to [[AnimatedMusical add songs]] [[FollowTheLeader to compete with]] Creator/{{Disney}}, [[AdaptationNameChange change all the lead characters' names]], add ''three'' {{Non Human Sidekick}}s, [[ClicheStorm add more Disney cliches]] to spice make the film to more of a Disney-esqe musical (or as I like to call it a Disney Knockoff), musical, and to top it all off, dump the BittersweetEnding in favour of "Kayley" living HappilyEverAfter with "Garrett" (an amalgamation of Lucius [the blind man] and Gareth) and you're done.Gareth).
28th Apr '16 8:44:03 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'' already underwent this process when it was a book: There, Pinocchio is killed (still a puppet) by hanging, which author Carlo Collodi had planned to be the ending of the book. But on the publisher's demand Collodi added extra chapters in which Pinocchio not only is restored to life, but also becomes a real boy ([[EarnYourHappyEnding after a lot of hard and cruel life lessons, that is]]). When Disney made their ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' movie, they in turn cut out the hanging completely, as well as other dark elements like Pinocchio [[spoiler:killing the cricket]]. The original also had Pinocchio, after he had been turned into a donkey, [[spoiler:being tossed into the sea to drown by his owner, and surviving only because his wooden body was lighter than water.]]
** Of course, much like ''The Hunchback of Notre Dame'', the film is still noted for being much grimmer than the average Disney affair, most notably retaining the villain's {{Karma Houdini}}s (and even adding another in the case of Foulfellow). There are few LighterAndSofter adaptations that depict hundreds of children being captured, transformed, and [[TheBadGuyWins successfully]] sent to a FateWorseThanDeath.

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* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'' already underwent this process when it was a book: There, Pinocchio is killed (still a puppet) by hanging, which author Carlo Collodi had planned to be the ending of the book. But on the publisher's demand Collodi added extra chapters in which Pinocchio not only is restored to life, but also becomes a real boy ([[EarnYourHappyEnding after a lot of hard and cruel life lessons, that is]]). When Disney made their ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' movie, they in turn cut out the hanging completely, as well as other dark elements like Pinocchio [[spoiler:killing the cricket]]. The original also had Pinocchio, after he had been turned into a donkey, [[spoiler:being tossed into the sea to drown by his owner, and surviving only because his wooden body was lighter than water.]]
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]] Of course, much like ''The Hunchback of Notre Dame'', the film is still noted for being much grimmer than the average Disney affair, most notably retaining the villain's {{Karma Houdini}}s (and even adding another in the case of Foulfellow). There are few LighterAndSofter adaptations that depict hundreds of children being captured, transformed, and [[TheBadGuyWins successfully]] sent to a FateWorseThanDeath.



--> Inside the packed twelve-hundred-seat theatre, the members of the audience responded to the movie with enthusiasm: they gave it a five-minute standing ovation. In the midst of the celebrating crowd, it would have been easy to overlook [[http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/12/19/051219fa_fact1?currentPage=all the sixty-five-year-old woman sitting there, weeping.]]
** The film ''Film/SavingMrBanks'' tells the story of Travers' doomed attempts to make the production of the film stick to her conception of the characters. Ironically, this film Disneyfies the true story.
* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' shredded everything we know about the historical woman. For one thing, she was between 10 and 12 years old when she first met John Smith, making a romantic relationship unlikely at best. Her father had fifty wives and many children. She was taken to Jamestown as a hostage and married before her trip to London, and no Armada was threatening to annihilate her people. John Smith was not a Prince Charming type, but in fact an unattractive, short man with a giant woolly beard. The only bit they got right was her saving Smith from execution, and even that is considered by some historians to be the enactment of a ritual (and thus Smith wasn't in any real danger). [[UnreliableNarrator Still other historians suspect Smith of making up the entire story, since it doesn't appear until he wrote his memoirs, four years after her ''death'']].
** And she didn't actually marry John Smith. She married John ''Rolfe''. The sequel addresses this, albeit in an inaccurate way, playing with drama between the two Johns. Still, in real life John Smith wasn't even competition: he was more of a father-type figure to her than a love interest.

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--> Inside the packed twelve-hundred-seat theatre, the members of the audience responded to the movie with enthusiasm: they gave it a five-minute standing ovation. In the midst of the celebrating crowd, it would have been easy to overlook [[http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/12/19/051219fa_fact1?currentPage=all the sixty-five-year-old woman sitting there, weeping.]]
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]] The film ''Film/SavingMrBanks'' tells the story of Travers' doomed attempts to make the production of the film stick to her conception of the characters. Ironically, this film Disneyfies the true story.
* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' shredded everything we know about the historical woman. For one thing, she was between 10 and 12 years old when she first met John Smith, making a romantic relationship unlikely at best. Her father had fifty wives and many children. She was taken to Jamestown as a hostage and married before her trip to London, and no Armada was threatening to annihilate her people. John Smith was not a Prince Charming type, but in fact an unattractive, short man with a giant woolly beard. The only bit they got right was her saving Smith from execution, and even that is considered by some historians to be the enactment of a ritual (and thus Smith wasn't in any real danger). [[UnreliableNarrator Still other historians suspect Smith of making up the entire story, since it doesn't appear until he wrote his memoirs, four years after her ''death'']].
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''death'']]. And she didn't actually marry John Smith. She married John ''Rolfe''. The sequel addresses this, albeit in an inaccurate way, playing with drama between the two Johns. Still, in real life John Smith wasn't even competition: he was more of a father-type figure to her than a love interest.



* Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/JungleBooks'' (yes, two of them) depict the orphaned Mowgli growing into a strong and intelligent young man whose jungle upbringing will make him something of a NobleSavage. Baloo was a sleepy [[GrumpyBear grump]] with a HiddenHeartOfGold, rather than a kindly GentleGiant. Kaa the python, while large, intimidating, and alien, is one of Mowgli's ''allies'', not enemies. Hathi the elephant is wise and powerful and when he tells Shere Khan to clear off ("How Fear Came"), the tiger does so -- he is not a pompous ass who fancies himself a Victoria Cross-winning British Army colonel. There is quite a lot of violence, too. At one point Kaa hypnotizes a troupe of monkeys into becoming his helpless (ahem) dinner guests; later on Mowgli and the wolves kill Shere Khan by a stampede of water-buffalo over him. (In the Disney version he doesn't even die!) The story "Red Dog" has Mowgli cause the marauding dogs of the title to be attacked by millions of angry bees; those who jump in the river to survive are attacked by Mowgli with a knife; and those left then face Mowgli ''and'' his enraged wolf pack. And incidentally, Mowgli does most of this while he's naked. It should come as no surprise that none of the violence or nudity makes it into the Disney version, but Disney not only censors the story but effectively throws out every last original plot thread. A documentary on the DVD explains how Disney's writers "improved" on the original, but in fact it becomes clear that what they really did was to whittle away at the original storyline until there was almost nothing left except for a few almost coincidental similarities. They can't even pronounce Mowgli's name right. ("''Mow'' rhymes with ''cow''", says Kipling.)
** All this can be easily explained by the fact that Walt Disney specifically told the production crew ''not'' to read the book. He gave an outline on the characters and plot ideas he wanted and didn't want the book itself to be used as a reference - specially as the original script and songs, inspired by the book, had a bit more darkness than is usual in a Disney film (to the point that the writer was ditched despite a long story with Disney, and the only song kept before changing composers was a cheery tune that became the SignatureSong of the film, "The Bear Necessities").

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* Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/JungleBooks'' (yes, two of them) depict the orphaned Mowgli growing into a strong and intelligent young man whose jungle upbringing will make him something of a NobleSavage. Baloo was a sleepy [[GrumpyBear grump]] with a HiddenHeartOfGold, rather than a kindly GentleGiant. Kaa the python, while large, intimidating, and alien, is one of Mowgli's ''allies'', not enemies. Hathi the elephant is wise and powerful and when he tells Shere Khan to clear off ("How Fear Came"), the tiger does so -- he is not a pompous ass who fancies himself a Victoria Cross-winning British Army colonel. There is quite a lot of violence, too. At one point Kaa hypnotizes a troupe of monkeys into becoming his helpless (ahem) dinner guests; later on Mowgli and the wolves kill Shere Khan by a stampede of water-buffalo over him. (In the Disney version he doesn't even die!) The story "Red Dog" has Mowgli cause the marauding dogs of the title to be attacked by millions of angry bees; those who jump in the river to survive are attacked by Mowgli with a knife; and those left then face Mowgli ''and'' his enraged wolf pack. And incidentally, Mowgli does most of this while he's naked. It should come as no surprise that none of the violence or nudity makes it into the Disney version, but Disney not only censors the story but effectively throws out every last original plot thread. A documentary on the DVD explains how Disney's writers "improved" on the original, but in fact it becomes clear that what they really did was to whittle away at the original storyline until there was almost nothing left except for a few almost coincidental similarities. They can't even pronounce Mowgli's name right. ("''Mow'' rhymes with ''cow''", says Kipling.)
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) All this can be easily explained by the fact that Walt Disney specifically told the production crew ''not'' to read the book. He gave an outline on the characters and plot ideas he wanted and didn't want the book itself to be used as a reference - specially as the original script and songs, inspired by the book, had a bit more darkness than is usual in a Disney film (to the point that the writer was ditched despite a long story with Disney, and the only song kept before changing composers was a cheery tune that became the SignatureSong of the film, "The Bear Necessities").



* Oddly enough, ''Film/{{Newsies}}'' is not a particularly {{egregious}} example of Disneyfication. It's safe to say that the New York newsboys of 1899 didn't burst into spontaneous well-choreographed musical numbers as they walked the streets, and the violence occurring as a result of the strike is a bit sanitized (no blood); but we do see newsboys sleeping on the streets, smoking cigars, betting on races, beating up strikebreakers, et cetera.
** Of course, one must point out that the newspapers ''never actually lowered their prices'' in the end; they came to an agreement with the newsies where they agreed to buy back their unsold papers. While this agreement was pretty mutually beneficial, clearly the idea of the rag-tag kids' union getting everything they wanted in the end was too good for Disney to pass up.

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* Oddly enough, ''Film/{{Newsies}}'' is not a particularly {{egregious}} example of Disneyfication. It's safe to say that the New York newsboys of 1899 didn't burst into spontaneous well-choreographed musical numbers as they walked the streets, and the violence occurring as a result of the strike is a bit sanitized (no blood); but we do see newsboys sleeping on the streets, smoking cigars, betting on races, beating up strikebreakers, et cetera.
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cetera. Of course, one must point out that the newspapers ''never actually lowered their prices'' in the end; they came to an agreement with the newsies where they agreed to buy back their unsold papers. While this agreement was pretty mutually beneficial, clearly the idea of the rag-tag kids' union getting everything they wanted in the end was too good for Disney to pass up.



* The story of RobinHood had been thoroughly bowdlerised before Walt Disney was born, and [[Disney/RobinHood their take on it]] is actually far from the worst abuse of the mythos.
** To be fair, the narrator outright admits that everybody has their own version of the story (true enough) and that this was just the version that the animals tell.

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* The story of RobinHood had been thoroughly bowdlerised before Walt Disney was born, and [[Disney/RobinHood their take on it]] is actually far from the worst abuse of the mythos.
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mythos. To be fair, the narrator outright admits that everybody has their own version of the story (true enough) and that this was just the version that the animals tell.



* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' skips the TeenPregnancy and [[spoiler: has Flynn get a [[BloodlessCarnage rather clean]] stab wound at the end, instead of having his eyes gouged out. Although one could argue that the two balanced out, since Flynn actually ''dies'', only to be brought back.]]

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* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' skips the TeenPregnancy and [[spoiler: has Flynn get a [[BloodlessCarnage rather clean]] stab wound at the end, instead of having his eyes gouged out. Although one could argue that the two balanced out, since Flynn actually ''dies'', only to be brought back.]]]] The film was originally much darker until directors changed partway, thiugh it still lacked either of those aspects.



* Fairies in general. Case in point: Tinker Bell (who [[KilledOffForReal dies for real]] in the original novel). Though you do see some of it peeking through in the first Peter Pan movie, all traces of traditional Fair Folk sociopathy are gone in later appearances.

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* Fairies in general. Case in point: Tinker Bell (who [[KilledOffForReal dies for real]] in the original novel). Though you do see some of it peeking through in the first Peter Pan ''Disney/PeterPan'' movie, all traces of traditional Fair Folk sociopathy are gone in later appearances.appearances. By ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' it is completely gone and Tinkerbell is a more mellow PluckyGirl.





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* In the ''HBO Storybook Musicals'' adaptation of ''Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl'' the story is set in more modern times, the girl doesn't die, and she receives a HappilyEverAfter. Oddly, their adaptation of ''The Marzipan Pig'' kept its depressing nature.
24th Apr '16 8:46:35 AM Silverblade2
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* Any comic book adaptation that isn't specifically praised for being dark and edgy. There's a reason why so many people confuse comics books with cartoons, or assume superheroes [[AnimationAgeGhetto are for kids]] (and admitting to reading them to those who haven't may lead to awkwardness). Apparantly, that characters such as the {{Punisher}} and {{Wolverine}} regularly kill others, and characters like Franchise/{{Batman}} and SpiderMan's premise is based around death means nothing to some people, because the cartoons are too childish to be taken seriously sometimes.
13th Apr '16 2:03:41 AM jameygamer
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* A particularly egregious case occurs in ''WesternAnimation/TheKingAndI''. The king's advisor Kralahome is turned into the BigBad. Animal sidekicks are omnipresent, and they serve little actual purpose in the story. The slave girl Tuptim is given as a love interest to King Mongkut's eldest son instead of Mongkut himself to avoid the implications of a fifty-something man interested in a teenage girl. The King's multiple wives are omitted too. Comedy is put in the movie in exchange for the stuff taken out. And yet the film includes a rather stereotypical caricature in the form of the villain's sidekick. The King also lives at the end of the movie. The estate of Rogers and Hammerstein was not pleased with the film, and as a result it no longer allows animated adaptations of its musicals.

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* A particularly egregious case occurs in ''WesternAnimation/TheKingAndI''. The king's advisor Kralahome is turned into the BigBad. Animal sidekicks are omnipresent, and they serve little actual purpose in the story. The slave girl Tuptim is given as a love interest to King Mongkut's eldest son instead of Mongkut himself to avoid the implications of a fifty-something man interested in a teenage girl. The King's multiple wives are omitted too. Comedy is put in the movie in exchange for the stuff taken out. And yet the film includes a rather stereotypical caricature in the form of the villain's sidekick. The King also lives at the end of the movie. The estate of Rogers and Hammerstein was not pleased with the film, and as a result it no longer allows animated adaptations of its musicals.musicals; this move plus the film becoming a BoxOfficeBomb crushed the career of director Richard Rich.
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