La La Land dominated at the Golden Globes and was nominated for a record tying 14 Oscars. I love musicals (film or staged), but sadly haven’t been able to see La La Land yet (tiny human at home). Luckily, Sno-Isle has a great selection of musicals including nearly every film on the American Film Institute’s 25 best movie musicals of all time. While all of those films on that list are great, it is a little dated (2006), so here are some other great musicals.
Every Halloween in my house is marked by a viewing of the Nightmare before Christmas, which works as both a Christmas and a Halloween film. The film is scored by famed composer Danny Elfman who also provides the singing voice of the main character. Many people laugh at me when I say that South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is one of my favorite musicals. But, do you know who else loves it? Stephen Sondheim. So I am in good company.
Little Shop of Horrors has everything, singing, dancing, a sadistic dentist, and of course a flesh eating plant from outer space. Before he directed the Avengers, Joss Whedon made Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog as a web series during the writer’s guild strike of 2007. It is more of a short film (clocking in at a mere 42 minutes), but it pairs very nicely with the Buffy musical from season six.
Under children’s movie musicals that are actually quite creepy we have two entrants. Labyrinth, starring David Bowie as the Goblin King, and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Both movies do a remarkable job of scarring children into behaving, but they have great music so it is forgiven.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch had a recent Broadway revival starring Neil Patrick Harris (see Dr. Sing-Along above!), the movie version stars the creator John Cameron Mitchell, as the titular Hedwig, a great rock opera. Dreamgirls stars Beyonce which should be plenty for anyone interested, and finally while maybe not officially a musical (spontaneous song and dance) Pitch Perfect is just that. Think you know the ins and outs of college a cappella singing group battles? Don’t really care to? It is still a fun film.
Any favorite musicals?