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|Oscar Hammerstein II|
The King And I: Original Animated Feature Soundtrack (1999 Film)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Of course, the 1999 animated take on Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I can't really compare to the classic original movie's soundtrack. Predictably enough, Martin Vidnovic doesn't match the legendary performance of ... more »
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Of course, the 1999 animated take on Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I can't really compare to the classic original movie's soundtrack. Predictably enough, Martin Vidnovic doesn't match the legendary performance of Yul Brynner. Luckily, Christiane Noll (Jekyll & Hyde) delivers a more convincing--if slightly overwrought--performance as Anna. The album's second half is dedicated to the Richard Rodgers score as arranged and conducted by William Kidd. Ultimately, Barbra Streisand's lovely medley of "I Have Dreamed/We Kiss in a Shadow/Something Wonderful" is the real reason most folks will want this CD. --Jason Verlinde
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IF YOUR A KING AND I FAN YOU'VE GOT TO TRY THIS OUT BUT.....
Gehan Cooray | 12/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Martin Vidvonic has three numbers 'A Puzzlement' , 'Prayer to Buddha' and 'Shall We Dance'? I think he was a bit too old for the part, and he cant quite replace the 'strong' 'bellowing' 'manly' singing/speaking voice of Yul Brynner. Miranda Richardson's speaking voice wasnt as good as Deborah Kerr's.....she sounded older than Deborah Kerr actually, and even Christianne Noll cant replace the sweet, smoothe voice of Marni Nixon.....the tunes are a little different compared to the tunes in the original 1956 motion picture.....specially 'I Whistle a Happy Tune' as well as 'Hello, Young Lovers' and 'Getting to Know You'. Still, Christianna Noll DOES have a sweet voice worth listening to, in HER OWN right. I really liked the 'I Have Dreamed' version in this since Prince Chulalongkorn's singing/speaking voices are VERY romantic, and even Tuptim's singing voice is VERY sweet and smoothe. I also love Barbra Streisand's We Kiss in a Shadow/I Have Dreamed/Something Wonderful combined song. I didnt much care for 'Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?' since many parts of it are cut, and Christianne Noll sounds like an old woman.....I think Miranda Richardson, Anna's speaking voice should have sung it. Anyway, though it can NEVER compare to the original 1956 motion picture so7undtrack, I highly recommend this for 'King and I' fans......It certainyl deserves five stars because of the BRILLIANT instrumental numbers and also because the singing is SPLENDID....( in its own right ofcourse.......LOL!) Dont try to compare this to the 1956 movie.....Enjoy it in its OWN right and you'll find it REALLY SOMETHING WONDERFUL.....LOL! ROTFLOL!"
The King And I
Stephen Smith | Hampshire, England | 06/14/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"An absolutely charming soundtrack. Christiane Noll does an excellent job with Anna's songs in the movie. If you buy this CD expecting the 1956 movie, or the stage version you may be disappointed, however if you want to listen to a new and interesting version of The King And I, here is your chance. It's also a superb way to introduce children to the sound of Rogers and Hammerstein II.
The songs are done well, staying fairly true to the original with some exceptions - 'I Whistle A Happy Tune' being the most prominently changed. I feel perhaps Louis' voice is maybe too old.
I was pleased to see that two of the songs from the stage were included, although 'Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You' was very abridged. Of course the numbers had to be shortened for the animated feature, to hold children's attention. Sadly, several of the songs from the original were excluded, I missed 'We Kiss In A Shadow' especially. Overall, a real pleasure to listen to."