Western Animation: The King and I
A very loose Animated Adaptation
of Rodgers and Hammerstein
's musical released in 1999 by Warner Bros.
Family Entertainment and animated by Pentamedia Graphics and Rich Animation Studios, in association with none other than Rankin Bass
. The looseness of the adaptation includes such additions as a magical illusion-creating gong, dragons, an Ethnic Scrappy
, evil statues, and a monkey
The film was critically panned, with an average of 13% on Rotten Tomatoes
, and a Box Office Bomb
, only making $12 million out of its $25 million budget. As a result, the estates of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein have refused to allow any of their other musicals to be made into animated films. Forever
"The King And I" contains examples of:
- Adaptational Villainy: The Kralahome is an Evil Sorcerer who schemes to steal the King's throne. In the play, while stern, he is loyal to the king and not an outright villain.
- Arranged Marriage: But Chulalongkorn wants to marry Tuptim.
- Badass Arm-Fold: Anna and the King on the movie cover.
- Butt Monkey: Master Little, the Evil Chancellor's Minion with an F in Evil.
- Canon Foreigner: Also Master Little, along with most of the accompanying animal sidekicks.
- Conspicuous CGI: The dancing Buddha statues in "A Puzzlement", and all the ships. Also, the rickshaws and hot air balloon also count.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check
- Disney Death: The King.
- Disneyfication: All adult elements are glossed over to make them kid friendly; add some fun monkeys and we're good to go!
- Dramatic Necklace Removal: Done by the King to Tuptim. Prince Chulalongkorn made the mistake of giving her his necklace, which has a medallion featuring the royal symbol, as a token of affection for her. When the villains find out, Kralahome waits until the banquet to point out that the Prince isn't wearing it, and from there exposes his romance with the slave girl to bring out the worst in the King.
- Dream Sequence: For "I Have Dreamed", naturally enough.
- Empathy Pet: The King's panther, and Louis' pet monkey Moonshee.
- Everybody Lives: The ending, even after the king crashes his hot air balloon.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Apparently, since they gave Louis a pet monkey.
- Evil Chancellor: Kralahome, apparently.
- Evil Sorcerer: Also, Kralahome.
- Expy: The movie's depiction of Kralahome is basically as Jafar's eastern asian cousin.
- Gratuitous Animal Sidekick: Almost every major character has one. Louis has a monkey, the King a high-fiving panther, the king's children a cat and Tuptim an elephant.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Kralahome once again!
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Kralahome probably should not have locked himself in the tower leading to the rockets he uses in attempting to kill the King.
- Just Ignore It: Just whistle a happy tune. The magical sea monster will go away. Granted, the monster in question is purely illusionary, so this makes sense.
- Large Ham: And again, Kralahome, to such an extent that it hurts.
- The King himself also counts to a somewhat lesser extent, though his antics come off as more like those of a spoiled manchild.
- Mind over Matter: Somehow the Kralahome has the ablity to transform matter through a Magic Mirror.
- Mr. Fanservice: The King's son is pretty cute, and he's shirtless when they introduce him.
- Oral Fixation: Master Little has a weird obsession with his teeth, constantly brushing and flossing. (He's based on a jester of that name [Nai Lek] that Anna described in her book. A skilled juggler and pain-in-the-ass practical joker, he was ugly as sin, but his best feature was his prominent teeth.)
- Rope Bridge: One has to be crossed in the climax.
- Running Gag: Master Little losing all of teeth right down to the last molar, and being hit with mangoes; mostly no thanks to the monkey.
- Sissy Villain: Despite his alleged menace, Kralahome does none of his own fighting through the film save for his attempt to shoot down the King's hot air balloon in the climax; his sorcery is also easily thwarted by the most unlikely of inconveniences in his various attempts to kill the King. Also, he had no exit strategy for taking over Siam when his treachery finally became clear to the heroes, and is easily cornered by his enemies before he's even able to attempt any sort of takeover or getaway.
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Even moreso than the stage and live action versions, considering how much is changed.
- You Monster!