Thursday, 13 September 2012

The King and I (1999) Review

The King and I

Release Date: 17th June 1999 - Australia

Production Companies
Morgan Creek Productions
Rankin/Bass Productions (in association with)
Nest Family Entertainment (in association with)
Rich Animation Studios

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 87 minutes

Budget: $25,000,000

Box Office Gross: $130,098,664

Plot Summary
The story follows a young
Englishwoman who travels
to the Siam to become
the King's royal schoolteacher
in 1862. A clash of cultures
occurs when the strong-
minded Anna Leonowens
brings a different way of
thinking to the King of
Siam and the many children
in the royal academy.

Voice Cast
Miranda Richardson - Anna
Christiane Noll - Anna
Leonowens (singing voice)
Martin Vidnovic - King of Siam
Ian Richardson - Kralahome
Darrell Hammond - Master Little
Allen D. Hon - Prince Chulalongkorn
David Burnham - Prince
Chulalongkorn (singing voice)
Armi Arabe - Tuptim
Tracy Venner Warren - Tuptim
(singing voice)
Adam Wylie - Louis Leonowens
Sean Smith - Sir Edward Ramsay

Director - Richard Rich
Based on Book "Anna and the
King of Siam" - Margaret
Landon (Uncredited)
Based on Musical "The King
and I"/Lyrics - Oscar
Hammerstein II
Based on Musical "The
King and I"/Songs - Richard Rodgers
Concieved and Adapted for
Animation/Producer - Arthur Rankin Jr.
Screenplay/Producer - Peter Bakalian
Screenplay - Jacqueline Feather & David Seidler
Additional Dialogue - Brian Nissen
Producer - James G. Robinson
Film Editors - Joe Campana & Paul Murphy
Conductor/Music Arranger/
Orchestrator - William Kidd

Quite an abomination that the animated version of THE KING AND I is, to me an absolute dishonour to the original Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and the 1956 film that the producers of this adaptation had turned it into a non-Disney animated movie like adding three animal sidekicks, changing the minor character of Kralahome into an evil villain, a happy ending and all that. The film's 2D animation is not-so great and some of the voice acting is decent, but the CGI parts are ultimately badly rendered.

The makers of this wretched picture should have picked THE SOUND OF MUSIC instead of THE KING AND I as this is the version that treats it like a big fat joke. My advice is for many people who have watched the old classic of Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr should stay away from this animated interpretation.

Star rating: (2/5) Bad Movie

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