30 Toe-Tapping Movie Musical Facts

‘It’s gutter pantomime! Performed by halfwits with painted faces and enjoyed by even lower wits!’ — ‘What We Do in the Shadows’
30 Toe-Tapping Movie Musical Facts

Serious question: What actually constitutes a movie musical? It feels like we, as a culture, have been a little too generous with bestowing that title on movies. If a movie features a large number of musical performances within the fiction, like a musician biopic, does it count? Or is that more for movies where the story stops for three to five minutes for the characters to spontaneously break into song and explain their feelings and conflicts through highly choreographed numbers? 

Also, how many songs does something need in order to be a musical officially? Many of the classic 1980s and 1990s Disney animated films feature a handful of numbers in the first and second acts, but ditch the music the second the story gets rolling? Do they count? 

Were probably not going to get to the bottom of this one, but heres a bunch of fun facts about movie musicals, whether you think they count as one or not… 

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