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The King and I (1999)
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this version this version of THE KING AND I is a 1999 animated feature based on the well-known Rogers and Hammerstein musical. While staying more-or-less close to the original production, this version does not shy away from cartoonish violence. Early in the film, a boy is rescued from drowning after jumping off his ship to rescue his pet monkey. Characters fight, throw spears, and a comic sidekick does a William Tell, where an arrow is shot and strikes a wall inches above his head. Shortly after, a series of knives is thrown at him and land around the outline of his body. This sidekick speaks in a "comical" pidgin English that flirts dangerously close to Asian stereotypes. Despite this, fans of Disney-style animated musicals from the 1990s should find much to enjoy in both the quality of the animation and in the arrangements of the musical numbers.
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What's the story?
In this animated version of THE KING AND I, Anna Leonowens and her son, Louis, leave their home in London for Siam, where Anna becomes governess to the King's many children. As in the stage play and the classic musical, the King and Anna don't see eye-to-eye at first, but the King begins to respect her worldly advice and listens to her when she tells him to throw a party for British officials instead of waging war on them. But Siam's dastardly prime minister, Kralahome, sets out to become ruler by ruining the King's reputation in front of the British bigwigs.
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