There are numerous creative and performative similarities between live musical theatre and animation as storytelling media. Whether it’s through stage puppetry and costumes or screen drawings and CGI, every media takes the audience to a different setting and era. Both narrative and spectacle transmit a sense of plausibility, thus it makes natural that so many animated stories have been staged in recent years. The following are some of the top animation pictures that transformed beloved cartoon narratives and characters for the live theatre.
Table of Contents
1. The Prince Of Egypt (1998)
Director(s)- Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner
The Pharaoh Seti in ancient Egypt commanded the execution of all Hebrew infant boys. A desperate woman opts to let God guide her newborn baby rather than putting him to death. The infant, is given the name Moses and raise as a prince of Egypt. The brother of the pharaoh’s son Rameses II, gets discover by the queen. As Moses learns about his actual heritage as a Hebrew and rejects the Egyptian way of life. Hence, the two brothers become estranged over time. After making his way out of the city, Moses discovers that God has appointed him as His messenger to take his people out of Egypt. Unfortunately, Ramses II now wields an iron fist over the Hebrews. Therefore, realising changing the world will require all of Moses’ power and God’s miracles.
2. Shrek (2001)
Director(s)- Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Green ogre Shrek sets out with a very loud donkey at his side to “persuade” Lord Farquaad to return Shrek’s swamp. After learning that it has been “swamp” with a variety of fairytale animals by the cunning Lord Farquaad. A deal is made instead. Princess Fiona is waiting for her true love in a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. When Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to save her. But as they return with Fiona, it becomes clear that not only is the ugly ogre Shrek beginning to fall for the beautiful princess. However, als that Fiona is also keeping a very big secret.
3. Aladdin (1992)
Director(s)- Ron Clements, John Musker
Streetwise Aladdin and his devoted monkey companion Abu used to live in a big, busy town. Princess Jasmine sneaks out to the market where she unintentionally runs across Aladdin. Because she is fed up with being confine to the palace that looks out over the city. Aladdin gets imprison on the orders of the villainous Jafar. The one who also uses him to further his plan to use a mystery lamp to dominate the land. According to legend, the lamp may only get retrieve from the Cave of Wonders by someone who is a “diamond in the rough.” Although Aladdin may fulfil that criteria. But he is not eligible to wed the princess because she is require by law to wed a prince.
4. Spirited Away (2001)
Director- Hayao Miyazaki
On a family vacation across the countryside, Chihiro, 10, and her parents happen upon an amusement park that appears to have been desert for a long time. Despite Chihiro’s warnings about the unsettling environment, her parents continue to investigate the area and eventually come across and eat at an abandoned restaurant that serves up fresh cuisine. They become magically transformed into pigs as a result of their disloyalty, scaring Chihiro away in the process. She encounters the mysterious Haku, who explains to her that this place is truly a magical bath house, a sort of resort, where supernatural beings go to escape the earthly realm. She must labour here because being lazy is not allowed in order to rescue herself and her parents from the mystical country.
5. Beauty And The Beast (1991)
Director(s)- Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Young Prince Adam is cursed to look like a terrible beast by a mysterious enchantress for leading a life of greed. In order to save himself, his only chance is to learn to love a young woman and win her love in return. A young woman named Belle agrees to serve as his prisoner in place of her sick father Maurice ten years later, giving him the chance he’s been waiting for. Belle has an appreciation for her captor and falls in love with him right away with the aid of the magical staff of the castle. Unreliable hunter Gaston, on the other hand, has his own intentions for Belle back in the town.
6. Sailor Moon (2011)
Director- Hiroki Shibata
A demon killed a sailor princess for attempting to steal the holy, potent goddess crystal 300 centuries ago. The sailor princess’s spirit is now reincarnated as a half-demon, half-human being, meets a cat from another realm, and transforms into a sailor hero to guard the princess as she embarks on a clandestine expedition to retrieve the crystal before it falls into the wrong hands. The plot is based on the Sailor Moon manga and anime series from Japan.
7. The Lion King (1994)
Director-(s) Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers
Young lion cub Simba is equally eager to succeed his proud father Mufasa as king after being crowned the next ruler of the jungle. But this makes Simba’s evil uncle Scar envious of him. But after Mufasa is brutally killed by Scar in an instant, Simba feels responsible and flees his house. Simba adopts the “Hakuna Matata” principles after meeting Timon and Pumbaa, two outcasts. Years later, Simba must return home to put an end to Scar’s cruel rule and accept his fate as the future king after being contacted by his childhood friend Nala and the knowledgeable baboon Rafiki.
8. SpongeBob SquarePants (2004)
Director(s)- Stephen Hillenburg, Mark Osborne
The regal crown of King Neptune, the sea’s all-powerful deity, has been stolen by a daring and enigmatic thief, and no one is safe in the vibrant and formerly tranquil underwater town of Bikini Bottom. Incorrectly charged with this heinous crime, Mr. Krabs, the proprietor of the most prosperous burger establishment on the seabed, will be forced to entrust SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star, his best buddy and boxy employee, with clearing his name—even if he denied him a significant promotion. But from where should the team of aqueous investigators begin? SpongeBob and Patrick would soon find themselves exploring in the harsh terrain of the God-forsaken Shell City—the shadowy domain of terrifying creatures—due to an impossibly short deadline.
9. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)
Director(s)- Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
The story of Quasimodo, the misshape yet kind-heart bell ringer of Notre Dame, gets ask by Clopin the puppeteer in 15th-century Paris. Quasimodo gets nearly kill as an infant by Claude Frollo, the Minister of Justice. However, Frollo gets compell to raise Quasimodo as his own by the Archdeacon of Notre Dame. Quasimodo, now a young man, is kept secret from the public by Frollo in the cathedral belltower. But during the Festival of Fools, Quasimodo decides to join in the fun with the encouragement of his gargoyle pals Victor, Hugo, and Laverne. It’s there that he meets the charming gypsy girl Esmeralda and the dashing soldier Phoebus.
There are thousands of drawings that we love and enjoy, but the top 9 best animated movies are those which are classic in terms of art and story. So if you really want to enjoy animated movies, don’t forget to watch these great movies.