Currently working on new music for Muppets Most Wanted, Bret McKenzie has announced that he’s also writing a fairy tale musical comedy he describes as a cross between The Princess Bride and The Muppets.
As yet untitled, McKenzie is working with James Bobin to develop the concept, which is going to include ‘singing dragons and monsters and stuff.’ Given his Academy Award winning song writing talent, any musical by McKenzie, one half of comedy folk duo Flight of the Conchords, is bound to be worth watching.
If you enjoy children’s musicals, check out one of these classics.
Julie Andrews, the queen of musicals, took the title role in the classic Disney film, Mary Poppins. It is the musical adaptation of the book by PL Travers and tells the story of the Banks children who are so out of control that no nanny is willing to look after them for long. Having successfully chased off their most recent nanny, the Banks children put together their own list of requirements, which their father instantly dismisses. However, Mary Poppins, being more than a little magical, comes across their list and decides to take the job.
The film features a number of well-known favourite songs (there are 18 songs in the film), including Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, A Spoonful of Sugar and Chim Chim Cher-ee, the latter winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
That was by no means the only award for that year’s highest grossing movie. It won five Academy Awards in total, including one for Julie Andrews as Best Actress. It received 13 nominations in total and is Disney’s most successful film at the Oscars.