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Re: Hamlet! The Musical
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2390  Tuesday, 10 December 2002

[1]     From:   Todd Pettigrew <
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        Date:   Monday, 9 Dec 2002 10:05:42 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2385 Re: Hamlet! The Musical

[2]     From:   Bob Haas <
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        Date:   Monday, 09 Dec 2002 11:00:50 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2385 Re: Hamlet! The Musical


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From:           Todd Pettigrew <
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Date:           Monday, 9 Dec 2002 10:05:42 -0400
Subject: 13.2385 Re: Hamlet! The Musical
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2385 Re: Hamlet! The Musical

Kristine Batey raises a question that has always intrigued me.  Why
hasn't Disney done Shakespeare?

It occurs to me that The Tempest has exactly the kind of plot that
Disney loves. A young woman on a far away island falls in love with a
mysterious stranger and ends up sailing off into the sunset with him.
One can almost here Miranda's opening song:

There must be more than this island's shores
I know there has to be.
Across the sea,
There's a brave new world
That's waiting there for me!

Throw in a powerful magician, hilarious drunken servants, a nefarious
plot against a King by his no-good brother and the no-good brother's
no-good friend (who also happens to be the no-good brother of the
magician!) and how could Disney pass it up? All that, and a monster and
a fairy to boot!

Could it be that Disney will only adapt stories when they have to
radically alter them?  Or is Shakespeare too sacred even for Walt and Co
to plunder?

t.

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From:           Bob Haas <
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Date:           Monday, 09 Dec 2002 11:00:50 -0500
Subject: 13.2385 Re: Hamlet! The Musical
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2385 Re: Hamlet! The Musical

I vote for a talking herring.  (He walks on his flippers.)

>Claudius. With the help of his
>best friend Horatio--not a human being, but a small, wisecracking Danish
>animal of some sort--a hedgehog? a trained seal?--Hamlet gets the goods
>on Polonius, outwits the hapless Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (who don't
>get killed, just go through some comical humiliation involving pies,
>troughs full of water, horse dung, and humorously striped long
>underwear), and rescues Ophelia, who isn't dead, just locked up in a
>tower.

Bob Haas
Department of English
High Point University

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