In the book and the first movie, Dr. Moreau kind of just beat the hell out of the animals in the House of Pain until they straightened up and flew right. (Or trotted right. Or swung from a tree right. Get it? They're animals!) Anyway, a visitor to the island witnesses these perversions and gets caught up in the mix when the animals regress and revolt. Right off the bat, we've found a story right up there with Little Shop of Horrors' bloodsucking, sentient space plant. Island of Dr. Moreau is bold. There's just one problem with the story when it comes to making a credible film: It's stupid. It's really stupid. The later versions introduced ideas like genetic engineering, but y'know, at the end of the day, talking monkeys and lions are silly but somehow less silly if ... they're singing!
Yep, who doesn't like singing animals? Well, my mom for one. Animal personification gives her the chills, but just look at Broadway. Cats and Lion King are two of the biggest hits in theater.
AND PINK FLOYD SHOULD DO THE MUSIC
Some of you might be saying, "Why Pink Floyd?" Others asking, "Who is Pink Floyd?" And still more of you might be wondering, "Christ, Gladstone, just how old are you?" But Pink Floyd would be great, because aside from writing big anthemic music for a huge musical as they have with The Wall, they also have lyrical experience with the subject matter. First off, the Pink Floyd character of The Wall takes on grandiose, megalomaniacal proportions, just like Dr. Moreau, and lyricist Roger Waters is very comfortable writing in the "bad guy" voice as shown by songs like "In the Flesh" and "Don't Leave Me Now." But perhaps a better reason is their 1977 album Animals. The songs on that album are "Pigs on the Wing," parts I and II, and "Dogs," "Pigs," and "Sheep." Each animal portrays a different human characteristic. Dogs are corporate killers, pigs are the governing power elite, and sheep are the common people caught in their way. Animal personification just comes easy to some bands.