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I’ve said before, many times, that I think The Tempest is ripe for Disney picking. Little girl living with her Dad (note no mother figure?) on an island with her playmates, a sprite name Ariel (have to change that to avoid Mermaid confusion) and the mischievous sea monster Caliban. Enter Prince Ferdinand, with whom she falls madly in love. Throw in a couple of bad guys Stephano and Trinculo, in league with Caliban, who are easily dispatched, a few other bumbling cast of characters to round it out. Little girl learns that she’s actually a princess (or close enough, she’s whatever she is when she’s the daughter of the Duke of Milan) and everybody sails home for a wedding and a happy ending. Perfect.
Until I get that, be sure to check out Sealed with a Kiss, a new animation by former Disney guy Phil Nibbelink (Fox and the Hound, Black Cauldron…). He’s done his own thing here, a 2D Flash animation with hand-drawn art that depicts Romeo and Juliet as…seals. Get it? The big downside is that it’s a highly limited release, strictly in a few California theatres. If you’re in the neighborhood, though, go see it and tell us how it is! This is the sort of thing that the second it appears on video, I’m getting it for my kids. Disney should do more Shakespeare. Yes, yes, I know it’s not Disney doing it, but I’m sure he’ll keep the flavor and style that we all know and love.
More Animated Shakespeare…