YMMV / The King and I

The King And I contains examples of:

  • Ear Worm: "Shall we dance? One, two, three, and... On a bright cloud of music, shall we fly? One, two, three, and..."
  • Fair for Its Day: The Asian characters may seem slightly stereotypical today, but in 1951 (compared with the usual caricatures of Asians of the time), they were decidedly anti racist.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The King studying the Bible and telling Anna, "I think your Moses shall have been a fool." Five years after The King and I's Broadway premiere, Yul Brynner would play both the King in the movie and Ramesses (Moses' adversary) in The Ten Commandments.
    • The King suggesting he'll send War Elephants to help Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War. Becomes amusing if you've seen Yul Brynner in The Magnificent Seven where he personally acts as the cavalry.
    • In the film, Deborah Kerr's Anna being shocked at multiple wives. Years earlier, Kerr had starred in Young Bess - playing Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII.
    • The King states he should build a fence around Siam to keep out foreign influence. This became utterly hilarious in 2015 thanks to comments made by a certain US Presidential candidate. In fact, it became so funny, the King and the Kralahome now pause to let the audience laugh and applaud. The joke became even funnier after the 2016 US Presidential Election.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!" (The real King Mongkut used this in his English versions of official documents all the time.)

"The King and I" 1999 musical contains these tropes: