The King and I

The King and I is a 1999 American animated musical romantic drama film produced by Morgan Creek, Nest, Rankin/Bass, and Rich Animation Studios, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures under their Family Entertainment unit. The only Morgan Creek animated feature film to be made, it was directed by Richard Rich. The film is loosely based on the 1951 musical of the same name. Life of the English school teacher Anna Leonowens, it portrays a fictionalized account of her historical encounter with the King of Siam Mongkut, and royal court. The voice cast stars Miranda Richardson and Martin Vidnovic as Leonowens and Mongkut, respectively, with Ian Richardson, Darrell Hammond, and Adam Wylie. The score, songs, and some of the character names come from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's 1951 stage musical of the same name. Screenwriters Peter Bakalian, Jacqueline Feather, and David Seidler took creative liberties with the history and with the source material from the musical in an attempt to make the film palatable to all audiences.


In 1862, a ship sails from London to Bangkok, on board are Anna Leonowens and her son Louis. The Prime Minister, Kralahome uses his powers of illusion to cause it to appear as if a massive sea serpent is attacking the ship as its battered in a storm. Anna, with the help of Captain Orton, manage to save Louis from drowning. As they approach Bangkok, the Captain fills Anna in on the political structure of the kingdom.