Five Animated Films we’d like to see as a West End Musical!

Anna Fiorentini 28 May 2021

Five Animated Films we’d like to see as a West End Musical!

Theatres are re-opening their doors across the country and we can’t wait to go back! There is so much to see at the moment. In recent years, there has been a huge spike in films that have been adapted for the stage. From Disney’s The Lion King to Frozen, animated films have proven to be a particularly good source material for theatre producers. So we thought we would think of some of our favourite animated films that would be perfect for the stage! 

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These are the five animated films we’d love to see as a West End Musical:


Paddington (2014)

Okay, so we know this film isn’t fully animated but who can blame us for including it in our list? Imagine how joyous and cute this musical would be! There could even be a musical number about marmalade sandwiches…

Coco (2017)

This beautiful story about generations of a Mexican family and their history with music would work wonderfully as a West End musical. It has a catchy soundtrack already and the bright and fantastical scenery would be breath-taking on stage!

My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

Studio Ghibli’s enchanting story about sisters who uncover a world of forest spirits and curious creatures when they move to the Japanese countryside would be a treat on stage. Not to mention, we’d love to see a life-size version of Totoro dancing around!

Princess and the Frog (2009)

With its rich setting in New Orleans and its music rooted in jazz and R&B, we think it would be great fun to see this film adapted for the stage. It would be interesting to see how theatre magic takes on the frog transformation scenes…

Despicable Me (2010)

Love them or hate them, we think the minions would be hilarious on stage! And we can already imagine super-villain Gru’s solo number…


Do you agree with our list? Let us know what you’d like to see on stage by commenting on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 


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