The King and I

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Let's just say the animation quality is maybe a step above epileptics with crayons.

I had never heard of animator therapy before, but after watching "TheKing and I," the animated version of the 1956 film starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr, I figured there must be a home someplace where broken animators go to weep and rediscover their craft. Apparently, they then get some bake sale money together and make films like this one.

Let's just say the animation quality is maybe a step above epileptics with crayons. And what were these people thinking, trying to adapt a story that was boring even when it was considered "fresh" forty years ago? What's next, the animated version of "The Brothers Karamazov"?

If you don't know the story, Ann Leonowens (voice of Miranda Richardson) goes to Siam to teach the King's (Martin Vidnovic) kids, and falls in love with him in the process. We know these people are backward savages because we're constantly subjected to hearing them massacre the King's English. Naturally, this all changes once a British woman shows up to teach them how to conjugate their verbs and not crap where they eat.

There are quite a number of songs in the film though, and you'd be amazed how much more congenial the backward savages seem when they're singing than when they're doing things like trying to run their country. Thank God for Ann and her gift for the proper, British way of doing things --- obviously those cute little yellow people are better off under the benevolent eye of the Empire.

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