Time again for another re-rant. My previous musical post was a ranty post. But I think I need to clear something up.
I still mean everything I said about Disney musicals – they are not my favourite, but I don’t think ALL musicals are terrible. I’m going to explain why.
The only time I have a problem with a musical is when someone takes a real life event or a book and adds songs and THEN the musical becomes more famous than the original, such as The Jungle Book. I don’t like the musical of The Jungle Book because in the musical, Disney changed the story to make it more child-friendly. I prefer a completely faithful adaptation of a book, or a completely new movie.
I love originality. Harry Potter and Doctor Who are original ideas, but a lot of popular musicals are not original.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favourite movies, up there with Thor, the first Harry Potter and Pan’s Labyrinth. The main reason is simple – the songs are brilliant and the concept is inventive. Why do I love this musical movie then?
The Nightmare Before Christmas is an original concept. Most other musicals are just based off books or real life events. I have no problem with someone telling an original story however they want.
So that’s my conclusion. I like original stories with singing and music, such as The Nightmare Before Christmas. However, if a musical is not original and it gets more famous than the original book or event, I think it is unfair against the creator of the story.