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 simply 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 3-5 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 80s and 90s 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 THESE count?
We're probably not going to get to the bottom of this one here-- But here's a bunch of fun facts about movie musicals, whether you think they count as one or not.