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.