Trivia / Newsies

  • Billing Displacement: Played straight then subverted. Initially, Robert Duvall and Ann Margaret were given top billing on the posters and video release covers. Years later, after Christian Bale became a star as an adult, he received top billing on the Bluray release.
  • Box Office Bomb: $2 million against a budget of $15 million, no doubt due to the odd subject matter.
  • Creator Backlash: Christian Bale hated working on the film, and swore he'd never do another musical (after he lent a voice to Pocahontas, that is).
    It was an acknowledgment that Newsies was a big fat flop, and isn’t that funny? It was not a particularly great song. It was “High Times, Hard Times,” the one that had Ann-Margret on the swing. [laughs] We did end up cutting the song [from the stage adaptation of Newsies].
  • The Danza: David Moscow plays... David Jacobs!
  • Dawson Casting: Several of the stage cast are considerably older than the ages of their characters. Jeremy Jordan and Andrew Keenan-Bolger, who respectively played the 17-year-old Jack Kelly and 15-year-old Crutchie in the original Broadway run, are both in their late 20s/early 30s.
  • Executive Meddling: Originally it was going to be a straight drama, but the studio execs thought that after the success of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast they should take a shot at trying to revive live-action musical films. It didn't work out as well as they hoped.
    • Indeed, the trope even applies in the movie itself: the Newsies only go on strike because Pulitzer decided to raise the cost of papers for the Newsies without raising the cost for the consumers.
  • Genre-Killer: Of sorts. It was the studio's first live-action musical since Pete's Dragon (1977), which itself killed the genre 15 years earlier. Unfortunately, this one did even worse, and the genre remained dead for another 16 years, until Disney Channel's High School Musical series transitioned to theaters.
  • Old Shame: By his own account, Christian Bale wasn't too happy with the decision to turn Newsies into a musical.
    • He is at least aware of the film's cult audience, stating that "saying something negative about Newsies means there's an awful lot of people you have to answer to." It's something that would garner more just an embarrassed look than actual outrage (he even once briefly sang the "Santa Fe" refrain during an interview for The Dark Knight Rises), but suffice it to say, he's sworn off musicals.
  • Throw It In!: Oscar Delancey's actor had no idea he was on camera for the scene where Blink's ranting about the price hike, he was just mocking Trey Parker. The director decided to keep it.