Daily Debate: Which Broadway Musical Deserves an Animated Film Adaptation?

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Ah, musicals and animation… they’ve gone hand-in-hand since time immemorial. This is especially prevalent in the Broadway-influenced films of the Disney Renaissance such as The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.

So one would assume there would be more animated film adaptations of Broadway musicals since the two mediums are so connected! Yet, there aren’t. One could argue that there has only been one animated adaptation of a Broadway musical and that was the 1999 film, The King and I. The film turned out to be a flop and received such negative reception that the estates of Rodgers and Hammerstein have forbidden any further animated adaptations of their musicals!

But, if you had the choice to make any one of them (or any other Broadway musical) into an animated film, which one would it be and why? Whom would you want to direct the project? Whom would you want in the voice cast? What form of animation would the film have? Would the film be aimed at a family-friendly audience or for more adult audiences? Let us know in the comments below!

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About Mark Brown

Mark is currently a university student in his early 20s pursuing a degree in computer science. He grew up watching many of the films from the Disney Renaissance, which further fueled his passion for animated films (as well as for Disney itself). And as a result of that, his favorite animated film of all time is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
  • Well of course the first thing that comes to my mind is Wicked being turned into animation, but now after thinking I think Finding Neverland would also make an awesome animated movie (have seen the original movie it was based on, very charming!)!! The visuals would just be stunning and the subject matter enduring, I’d TOTALLY see that!!

    • k

      Although they are making a live action Wicked an animation one does sound alluring too. Maybe they can make another Oz spin off in animation.

      • Yeah soooo siked for that adaptation! Just thought I’d mention it more as a sidebar 🙂

  • Phoenix Wright

    Well the animated version of The King and I was a flop because it was a terrible adaptation of the musical. It made so many horrible changes and it probably didn’t help that there was already a beloved live action film version that adults could compare it to.
    Anyways, I would love to see an animated version of Sunday in the Park with George because I feel like the painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, could look really interesting if it was animated. Another that comes to mind is Cats, because it was so visually interesting on the stage and I bet the could just take it even further in animation

    • Manuel Orozco

      I like both movie versions equally of the King & I. But no King can replace Yul Brynner

    • k

      Would Loooove to see a animated Cats.

  • Jordan Briskin

    I’d kill to see WICKED animated (so long as the original SF and Broadway actors were available to reprise their roles), and I think it’s high time that Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA got the animated treatment, especially considering that was how it was initially pitched.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I never seen Aida before but I would like to see it in some form. Wicked already has a live action adaptation set for December 2019. So Wicked is just fine that way.

  • Frank Coufal

    I’d love to see an animated version of Guys and Dolls, just as long as it’s done right and faithful to the stage musical. Having seen the musical, it basically won my heart in a landslide.

    • Manuel Orozco

      That would be surprising. I’ve only seen a Jr version at a middle school when I was 11 and the original movie a few months back.

  • Manuel Orozco

    I know the chances are slim but on the safe side, Disney Animation should do a remake of Newsies. Jack Kelly can be voiced by a newcomer and the rest of the characters will be all-stars of stage and screen.

  • Sweetsirhiss

    Great topic, I have been pondering about this for years! Personally, I think The Lion King would make an amazing animated film…. oh wait… 🙂 Hahaha
    In all seriousness, Matilda the Musical might be fun! After all, we could use some of Roald Dahl’s books being adapted to animated films.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I did like the original movie of Matilda but never seen the musical onstage. And Sony has been rumored to already develop a remake set for 2019.

  • Raphael Howard

    Some possible choices

    – Cats (but they need more of a narrative)
    – Starlight Express (Cinderella with trains)
    – Wicked
    – Young Frankenstein (for older audiences)

  • Erica Davies

    Wicked deserves to be an animated musical. What would be better is if they bring back Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth to play their beloved characters again. After the major success that Frozen was in 2013, we have seen that a story that focuses on a heroine who doesn’t understand herself can work. I would love to see that happen.

    • Manuel Orozco

      As much as I like the two to pass the torch to newcomers, that would be extra special. Like my wish to go back to 2003 came true. But if the live action adaptation gets 100% greenlit, I would love Kristin to pass the mantle of Glinda to her onscreen daughter Dove Cameron.

  • Jeremiah

    Phantom of the Opera.