DreamWorks Animation Announces 'Monkeys of Bollywood' Flick
An interesting assembly of musical and cinematic talent is coming together for DreamWorks Animation's next ambitious project. Variety reports the animation studio is developing Monkeys of Bollywood, an animated musical in the spirit of internationally famous Bollywood cinema. The story will be set in Mumbai and follows two monkeys who try to stop an ancient demon from conquering the world. Not much to get excited about, but composer A.R. Rahman, responsible for scoring both Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, is certainly a selling point. And that's not all the talent involved to get you excited for this musical.
Composer Stephen Scwartz, who not only wrote musicals like Godspell and Wicked but also scored and wrote songs for Disney hits like Pocahontas and Enchanted, is also on board for the animation studio's first feature musical. And if that wasn't enough, Gurinder Chadha and Paul Berges, the producing team that delivered Bend It Like Beckham and the Bollywood style romantic comedy Bride and Prejudice is behind the project. That's a great collection of people to put an animated Bollywood musical together.
Though the story is original, the Hindu epic poem The Ramayana apparently inspired the project. Wikipedia says the poem "depicts the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters like the ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal wife and the ideal king." It's quite a bold move to venture into animated musical territory that has been dominated by Disney for so long, but this assembly of talent is the right way to go. We'll keep you posted as this project develops. Interested?