DreamWorks Animation Announces 'Monkeys of Bollywood' Flick

January 11, 2011
Source: Variety

Ramayana / DreamWorks Animation

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?

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Hmm, it all comes down how they present the musical. Having an Indian on board helps, otherwise expect it to offend a lot of people. I'm still waiting for a big-budget 'Ramayana' or 'Mahabharat' adaptation.

Mithun Divakaran on Jan 12, 2011


wtf i hate bollywood stuff and yet im asian

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


wtf i hate bollywood stuff and yet im asian

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


Racist Title

WikEdFun on Jan 12, 2011


what can you expect, it's a racist country who thinks they're better than everyone

Lmao on Jan 13, 2011


This isn't i expected from Dreamworks, to dabble in cultural arts and musicals. They are more of a comedic type, but whatever. What do give Dreamworks credit for is the valuable morals they share.

Underglow06 on Jan 12, 2011


I think it sounds interesting. I love the stories behind the Hindu gods. I hope it's animated in the style of hindu art. I'm guessing that one of the monkeys they will be featuring will be Hanuman. I hope he kicks some ass in the movie

Dan W on Jan 12, 2011


You can really create something great when the background is of a different culture. Its always a discovery. I'm not entirely a fan of Dreamworks, so I ponder if they could really create something gripping. However, I think their finest animation is Kung Fu Panda.

Anonymous on Jan 13, 2011


why us Dreamworks even going there? The critics are already crying racism. there r children who cant even shield their eyes from this horrible movie cuz theyre hands wefe blown off by al-Qaeda, the REAL demons of the mid east

gdjjddjxxjjcjc on Jan 17, 2011

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