The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2385  Monday, 9 December 2002

From:           Kristine Batey <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 08 Dec 2002 17:44:00 -0600
Subject:        Re: Hamlet! The Musical

It suddenly occurred to me today that "Hamlet! The Musical" would come
to life, not on Broadway, but on the silver screen, compliments of Uncle
Walt and Crew.

The Disney animated Hamlet!--from the folks who brought you "The
Hunchback of Notre Dame" (a sequel is coming out!)--would be essentially
the same as the original, except the debate about Hamlet's age would be
settled once and for all. He's not 30, he's sixteen. So is Ophelia, who
is not Polonius' daughter, but his ward. (Polonius is, in fact, an evil
wizard. He stole Ophelia away from her parents so he could marry her to
his own son, Laertes, thereby forwarding his nefarious plans, whatever
those are.) As it will turn out, the late King Hamlet isn't really
dead--he escaped Polonius' evil plot, pretended to die, and then showed
up disguised as his "long-lost brother" 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. (Ophelia is voiced by the charming Winona Ryder, who sparkled as
a Shakespearean ing 

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