The Producers

  • Directors: Susan Stroman
  • Producers: Mel Brooks
  • Writers: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan
  • Genres: Comedy, Musical
  • Actors: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, Gary Beach, Roger Bart, Jon Lovitz

The flop musical “Funny Boy” (based on William Shakespeare’s Hamlet) opens – and closes (“Opening Night”). Afterward, Leo Bloom (Matthew Broderick) arrives at the office of the show’s washed up producer, Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane). Max has hired Leo Bloom as his accountant. While studying Max’s books, Leo inadvertently inspires Max to put on a show that is certain to fail at the box office and cleverly change their accounts leaving them with $2,000,000 to spend. At first, Leo refuses to participate. Max, who cannot change the books himself, attempts to coax Leo into the scheme (“We Can Do It”). Leo still refuses and returns to his old accounting firm, Whitehall & Marks.

After being chastised by Mr. Marks (Jon Lovitz), Leo fantasizes about being a Broadway producer (“I Wanna Be a Producer”). Leo quits his job and with Max, forms Bialystock & Bloom. Max and Leo search for “the worst play ever written” and discover Springtime for Hitler, written by an ex-Nazi named Franz Liebkind (Will Ferrell). They are coerced into performing Adolf Hitler’s favorite tune and obeying the sacred “Siegfried Oath” in order to gain Liebkind’s signature for Broadway rights to the musical (“Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop”). They solicit a flamboyant gay director, Roger De Bris (Gary Beach) (“the worst director in the world”), to direct and choreograph the play. De Bris initially refuses saying that the musical is far too dark and gritty and that Broadway needs to be more “gay” (“Keep It Gay”). Roger is talked into it, however, after being enticed by Max and Leo, who tell him that if he directs the play, he is certain to win a Tony. Then, Ulla (Uma Thurman), a beautiful Swedish woman, appears at their office for casting despite there being no auditions. Max insists on hiring her as their secretary and auditioning her (“When You’ve Got It, Flaunt It”).

As the show opens, the audience is horrified and begins to walk out until Roger steps on stage as Hitler. Because his performance is so flamboyant, the audience sees the play as a mockery of Hitler rather than Franz’s original vision (“Springtime for Hitler”). As a result, the show is a success and the IRS will be keeping tabs on Max and Leo. After the show, an angry Franz starts trying to shoot the producers for, despite his show being a hit, making a fool out of Hitler. However, the police arrest him after hearing the shots, but not before breaking his other leg while trying to escape. Max, too, gets arrested for his tax fraud, while Leo and Ulla escape to Rio (“Betrayed”), but they return to stand up for Max in court (“‘Til Him”). The judge sentences them both to five years at Sing Sing, but they and Franz are pardoned after writing a musical in prison (“Prisoners of Love”), and go on to become successful Broadway producers.

Stuart Little 2

  • Directors: Rob Minkoff
  • Producers: Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher
  • Writers: E B White, Bruce Joel Rubin
  • Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Adventure
  • Actors: Michael J Fox, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Jonathan Lipnicki, James Woods, Steve Zahn

Questioning his abillity after a grueling soccer match alongside George who kicked him with a soccer ball (Jonathan Lipnicki), Stuart (Michael J. Fox) gets even more downhearted after George’s airplane gets broken in an accident because of him. However, Stuart’s dad (Hugh Laurie) tells him that for every Little, there is a “silver lining”, or a solution to every problem.

On his way home from school, Stuart encounters a female yellow canary named Margalo (Melanie Griffith) that is pursued by a giant falcon (James Woods). He drives her to safety. In a matter of time, Margalo, the canary, and Stuart have become best friends. But, Margalo has a secret. The falcon pursuing her was a crime lord, and he soon catches up to her, reminding her that if she doesn’t find an object of wealth soon, the sanctuary he promised her will be called off. But Margalo can’t seem to concentrate on her assignment, as she begins to harbour tender feelings for Stuart.

The Falcon eventually comes back, this time threatening to kill Stuart if she doesn’t retrieve a wealthy object. Margalo sadly takes Stuart’s mom’s (Geena Davis) ring. When the family sees it is missing, Stuart thinks it has fallen down the sink. He offers to go get it, nearly succeeding. When he is in danger, Margalo saves him, and he thanks her, making her feel even more guilty, so she decides to leave. When Stuart can’t find her, he assumes she has been kidnapped. He leaves on a quest with Snowbell (Nathan Lane) the cat, but not before setting up a plan with George.

At the park square, Stuart is congratulated by his family and Margalo and Snowbell reunites with them as well. That evening, Margalo leaves with the other birds to migrate south, but not before saying goodbye to her friends, including Snowbell, who is at the point of tears. Stuart says the silver lining is that she’ll be back in the spring. Stuart’s baby sister says her first word, or words, “Bye bye, birdie.”

Stuart Little

  • Directors: Rob Minkoff
  • Producers: Douglas Wick
  • Writers: E B White, M Night Shyamalan, Greg Brooker
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Michael J Fox, Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Jonathan Lipnicki, Nathan Lane, Steve Zahn

The film opens with Mr. and Mrs. Little (played by Hugh Laurie and Geena Davis) and their son George (played by Jonathan Lipnicki) on the day of adoption. George wants to come with them, to the orphanage, but has to go to school. While George is at school, the parents go to the orphanage where they see many kids, but fall in love with a thoughtful, observant mouse named Stuart (voiced by Michael J. Fox), a mouse who knows almost everything about the other children due to having been at the orphanage for so much time. He only talks to them for a minute or so, but they knew he was right. “Then you’ll meet one of them, talk to them; somehow, you’ll just know,” is what he told them. Despite the warnings of Mrs. Keeper (the woman in charge), who said that humans shouldn’t be adopting mice, as it may not work out, the Littles decide to take Stuart and adopt him as their second son.

Immediately after getting home Stuart meets Snowbell (voiced by Nathan Lane) the family cat. Snowbell, thinking that he was doing the family a favour; grabbed Stuart in his mouth; the family weren’t happy and told Snowbell to ‘spit him out!’ Snowbell confused spat Stuart out. George [Jonathan Lipnicki] arrives home and is surprised when his parents show him a little mouse, that they say is his new ‘brother’, thinking its a joke George asks where his real new ‘brother’ was; his parents confirming that Stuart was his new brother, Stuart puts out his hand for George to shake; George just stares at his new brother. That night, Snowbell visits Stuart and requests that he keep a low profile, so as to avoid getting seen by the other cats and damaging Snowbell’s image (the alley cats would laugh forever if they heard that there was a mouse with a pet cat). Stuart brushes his teeth with his tooth brush, George throws him down the laundry chute with his pajamas, he ends up in the washing machine, Mrs. Little saves him from drowning.

Snowbell and Stuart walk home and Stuart shares a warm reunion with his family, telling them that Snowbell helped him home. The Littles bring Stuart and Snowbell inside, and close the windows, ready for bed.

Astro Boy

  • Directors: David Bowers
  • Producers: Maryann Garger
  • Writers: Osamu Tezuka Timothy Harris
  • Genres: Action, Animation, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane

The movie is about a sentient robot boy built with advanced technological abilities, including flight.

The Lion King

  • Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
  • Producers: Don Hahn
  • Writers: Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Musical
  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Moira Kelly, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings

The Lion King takes place in the Pride Lands of the Serengeti, where a lion rules over the other animals as king. Rafiki (Robert Guillaume), a wise old mandrill, anoints Simba (cub by Jonathan Taylor Thomas, adult by Matthew Broderick), the newborn cub of King Mufasa (James Earl Jones) and Queen Sarabi (Madge Sinclair), and presents him to a gathering of animals at Pride Rock (“Circle of Life”).

Mufasa takes Simba on a tour of the Pride Lands, teaching him about the “Circle of Life”, the delicate balance affecting all living things. Taking advantage of the cub’s naive nature, Simba’s scheming uncle Scar (Jeremy Irons) (who is very angry because Simba’s birth means that he’s no longer next in line to the throne) tells him about the elephant graveyard, a place where Mufasa has forbidden Simba to go. Simba asks his mother if he can go to the water-hole with his best friend, Nala (cub by Niketa Calame, adult by Moira Kelly). Their parents agree but only if Mufasa’s majordomo, the hornbill Zazu (Rowan Atkinson), goes with them. Simba and Nala elude Zazu’s supervision (“I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”) and go to the graveyard instead. There, the cubs are met by Shenzi, Banzai and Ed (Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin and Jim Cummings), spotted hyenas who try to kill them, but they are rescued by Mufasa.

Atop Pride Rock’s peak, Simba corners Scar. To gain Simba’s mercy, Scar blames everything on the hyenas but Shenzi, Banzai and Ed overhear this betrayal. Simba demands that Scar go into exile. Scar pretends to leave but turns to attack Simba, resulting in a final duel. Simba triumphs over his uncle by kicking him over a low cliff. Scar survives the fall but finds himself surrounded by the now-resentful hyenas, who attack and kill him. Simba and Nala become the new king and queen of the Pride Lands. The film concludes with the Pride Lands turning green with life again and Rafiki presenting Simba and Nala’s newborn cub as “The Circle of Life” continues.