On this day, April 10, 1992, Disney released Newsies. A musical based on a true story of the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. When the young newsboys are exploited beyond reason by their bosses, the boys set out to make a change and are met by the ruthlessness of big business. The movie was directed by Kenny Ortega, written by Bob Tzudlker, Kaitlin Dwyer Rankins, and Noni White. The film stars Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall, David Moscow and many more amazing people who make the movie come to life.
The movie was originally intended as a drama not a musical. At the time, this was one of the lowest grossing live-action movies in Walt Disney History. For the movie, most of the cast members trained in dance and martial arts for ten weeks before filming commenced. Newsies was a critical and commercial flop upon release.
However, it gathered a cult following after it was released on home video and eventually made its filming budget back on rentals and was deemed popular enough to be adapted into a stage musical at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey in 2011 and making its way to Broadway in 2014.
Most of the newsies depicted in the film are based on real people from the strike such as Spot Conlon, Racetrack Higgens, Kid Blink. Jack Kelly is a fabrication though he may have been based on the real Kid Blink who was accused of being bribed by Pulitzer to end the strike. While David was based on Morris Cohen the other leader of the strike.
Alan Menken produced the music while Jack Feldman provided the lyrics, one of their favorite songs was King of New York. This is my all time favorite Disney movie and I think its highly underrated and not enough people know about it or it gets the credit it deserves. Have you seen Newsies? If not I highly recommend it it is such an amazing and touching movie. If you have, what is your favorite thing about the film? Let me know in the comments below!