'The King and I' Synopsis

Based on the most loved and celebrated Broadway musical
of all time by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

An independent, unconventional female British schoolteacher...

A proud and powerful, but good-hearted king...

A charming and endearing family of royal children...

When these unforgettable characters are brought together in the exotic splendor of mid - 19th-century Imperial Siam, the result is a magical adventure - and so is the story of "The King and I."

The true story of Anna Leonowens' experiences as the teacher of the royal family became the novel called Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. It served as the basis for the Broadway musical masterpiece called "The King and I," winning 10 Tony Awards over time, and an acclaimed live-action feature film, winning five Academy Awards. The musical and the film are possibly best known for their celebrated songs by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, including "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Getting to Know You," "Shall We Dance?" and "I Have Dreamed." Now, decades after the first audiences applauded this story, Morgan Creek Productions and Warner Bros. are proud to present an animated feature film version of "The King and I," adapted from one of the most popular musicals in history.

The new family film once again spotlights the beautiful, timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, performed by some of the music world's most gifted interpreters and Broadway's and Hollywood's brightest singing and acting stars. This represents the first time that The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization has ever allowed one of its projects to be developed into an animated feature film.

The tale of Anna Leonowens, a strong-willed, widowed British governess who comes to Siam to provide the King's children with a Western education, and the opinionated yet inspired King of Siam, who is both confounded and bewitched by his children's new teacher, has delighted generations. Now, the Far Eastern backdrop of Siam and the unique charm of the lead roles are complemented by the addition of several animated characters that will make the story irresistible to family members of all ages, including Tusker the baby elephant, Moonshee the mischievous monkey and Rama the regal black panther.


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