YMMV / The King and I

Musical and 1950's film

  • 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. And both films would be released in 1956.
    • 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.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!" (The real King Mongkut used this in his English versions of official documents all the time, but add in Brynner's accent and it sticks in the mind.)

1990's film

  • Anti-Climax Boss: No punches were thrown when Kralahome was finally cornered and captured as he had already locked himself in the guard tower first.
  • Awesome Art: Despite loads of Conspicuous CG among other quirks, the animation remains very vibrant and colorful, and is easily one of the more palatable aspects of the film.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: When the King sings "A Puzzlement" and the Conspicuous CG statues attack him.
  • Cliché Storm: Evil Chancellor? Check. Gratuitous Animal Sidekick? Check. Disney Death? Check!
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Master Little.
  • Fridge Logic: The hilariously racist butchered English. All of the royal family seem to conveniently know the exact same amount of English, none know more or less, and none of them ever speak their native tongue, even when they are alone in a room they talk in fractured English. But the main villain is fluent.
    • If Kralahome's plan is to make the king look like a barbarian to Anna, why does he summon a dragon to scare her away, or try to kill her son?
  • Idiot Plot: The vast majority of it stems from the heroes being brutally oblivious to Kralahome's obviously evil nature and dark magic, which proves ineffective anyway despite his best efforts.
  • Narm: Anna and the crew warding off the dragon by singing and whistling. Made even more incredulous by the fact that it works.
    • When the king finds out about his son's relationship, his "Who, who, who?" is hilarious.
    • Kralahome's many acts of sorcery, all resulting in an Epic Fail due to one absurd interruption after another.
    • Any time Master Little loses one of his teeth, as one can see there are plenty of instances where they got knocked out just a little too easily.
    • Anna demonstrating how small Siam is (contrary to the Prince's belief) before pointing out how much smaller England is; Or at least, it would be if Scotland, Wales and Ireland weren't also highlighted on the map.
    • Sir Edward venturing off to Siam to dethrone the King and save Anna after a very vague letter from Kralahome arrives, not sparing a second to consider the consequences.
    The Nostalgia Critic: (As Sir Edward) We got a random letter! LET'S DESTROY A NATIOOOOON!
  • Never Live It Down: Its obvious attempt to copycat Disney backfired so spectacularly that the estates of Rodgers and Hammerstein have refused to let any more of their works to ever be adapted into animated films.
  • The Scrappy: Most of the animal sidekicks, especially the monkey, probably qualify, as they are added to the animated feature solely for poorly-timed comedy relief.
  • What an Idiot!: Kralahome, who constantly contradicts his own plans to take the throne and ultimately outs himself in attempting to kill the king and his son.
    • Arguably, the rest of the cast for not recognizing such an obvious villain or even his magical machinations.


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