DirectorRichard Rich Budget25 million USD CountryUnited States
Release dateMarch 19, 1999 (1999-03-19) Based onAnna and the King of Siam
by Margaret Landon
The King and I
by Richard Rodgers
Oscar Hammerstein II WriterOscar Hammerstein II (adapted from the musical by), Arthur Rankin Jr. (conceived and adapted for animation), Peter Bakalian (screenplay), Jacqueline Feather (screenplay), David Seidler (screenplay), Brian Nissen (additional dialogue) Adapted fromAnna and the King of Siam, The King and I CastMiranda Richardson (Anna Leonowens), Martin Vidnovic (The King of Siam), Ian Richardson (The Kralahome), Darrell Hammond (Master Little), Christiane Noll (Anna Leonowens (singing voice)), Adam Wylie (Louis Leonowens) Similar moviesFrozen, Cinderella, Birdman, Pitch Perfect 2, Aladdin, Cinderella
TaglineThe All New Animated Family Spectacular Adapted From The Musical By Rodgers And Hammerstein
The king and i trailer 1999
The King and I is a 1999 American animated musical film directed by Richard Rich and written by Peter Bakalian, Jacqueline Feather, and David Seidler, loosely adapted from the Anna Leonowens story, and uses songs and some of the character names from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's stage musical of the same name.
The film was released theatrically in the United States on March 19, 1999 and grossed $12 million domestically on a $25 million budget.
The king and i a puzzlement
In 1862 Siam, the King of Siam rules with traditional beliefs and refusal to change. With the arrival of Englishwoman Anna Leonowens and her son Louis, his Prime Minister, Kralahome, plots to have the King overthrown with deceit. At the same time, the Crown Prince Chulalongkorn falls in love with Tuptim, a servant given to the King as a gift from Burma, but their love must remain a secret as such is strictly forbidden.
Miranda Richardson as Anna Leonowens
Christiane Noll as Anna's singing voice
Martin Vidnovic as King of Siam
Allen D. Hong as Prince Chulalongkorn
David Burnham as Chulalongkorn's singing voice
Armi Arabe as Tuptim
Tracy Venner Warren as Tuptim's singing voice
Ian Richardson as Kralahome
Darrell Hammond as Master Little
Adam Wylie as Louis Leonowens
Sean Smith as Sir Edward Ramsay
J.A. Fujili as First Wife
Ken Baker as Captain
Ed Trolla as Sir Edward's Captain
Anthony Mozdy as Burmese Emissary
Alexandra Lai as Princess Ying
Katherine Lai as Princess Naomi
Mark Hunt as Steward
B.K. Tochi as Soldier
"I Whistle a Happy Tune" - Anna, Louis, Chorus
"Hello, Young Lovers" - Anna
"Getting to Know You" - Anna, Children
"Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?" - Anna
"A Puzzlement" - King
"I Have Dreamed" - Chulalongkorn, Tuptim
"Prayer to Buddha" - King, Anna
"Anna Remembers/Shall We Dance Fantasy" - Anna
"Shall We Dance? (Finale)" - Anna, King
"I Have Dreamed/We Kiss in a Shadow/Something Wonderful" (end credits) - Barbra Streisand
A soundtrack album was released on March 16, 1999 by Sony Classical Records. It was released on both CD and cassette formats. All the songs on the album were composed by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers. William Ruhlmann of Allmusic.com gave the album a rating of 3 stars out of 5, describing it as a "surprisingly adequate" soundtrack to a "badly received" film. He adds, however, that the "overly effusive vocal performances" and "overly busy arrangements" make it "by far the worst version of this music ever recorded", and cites the use of "nine different orchestrators" as a possible factor. He concludes by conceding that there is good singing on the album. John Kenrick in his article Comparative CD Reviews Part III, describes the 1999 recording as a "total disgrace" that sees "superb Broadway singers...labor against mindless cuts and gooey orchestrations". In a relatively negative review of the animated adaption, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Encyclopedia does say that "some of the songs survive nicely, and the singing vocals throughout are very proficient".
The King and I was released theatrically on March 19, 1999 by Warner Bros. and produced by Morgan Creek Productions, Rankin/Bass Productions, Nest Family Entertainment, and Rich Animation Studios.
The film was a box office bomb. It took in $4,007,565 in its opening weekend, taking the #6 spot at the box office, but only managed to gross just under $12 million at the box office, and was overshadowed by the release of Doug's 1st Movie, which was released the following week.
The King and I received negative reviews and has a 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Historian Thomas Hischak wrote that it was "surprising to think that the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization allowed it to be made ... children have enjoyed The King and I for five decades without relying on dancing dragons". Hischak, in his work The Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film, and Television, says the film is "easily the worst treatment of any Rodgers and Hammerstein property". The Rodgers and Hammerstein Encyclopedia says "whether or not one agrees about the 1956 film of The King and I being the best R&H movie, most would concede that [the] animated adaption is the worst". Roger Ebert gave it 2 stars out of 4 and felt that animated adaptations of musicals have potential but found the film rather dull.