Trivia: Newsies

  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $15 million. Gross, $2 million.
  • The Danza: David Moscow plays... David Jacobs!
  • 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, which itself killed the genre 15 years earlier. Unfortunately, this one did even worse, and the genre remained dead for another 15 years until High School Musical,
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Jack Kelly is Batman. Joseph Pulitzer is Tom Hagan. And the King of New York later becomes president.
  • Nickelodeon: Has two weird connections to this movie. Several actors would go on to appear in SNICK's sketch comedy show Roundhouse, and Rocko's Modern Life would parody this movie in one episode as "Garbage Strike: The Musical".
  • Old Shame: By his own account, Christian Bale (now Batman!) 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.