Today is the 23rd anniversary of one of our all-time favorite Disney movies, Newsies. If you’re not currently singing “King of New York” or “Seize the Day” right now, go put on the soundtrack and then come back to this post. Are you done? Okay cool, we can continue.
We would like to make the argument that Newsies is one of the most Disney-iest Disney films of all time. It’s got all the classic Disney film elements: amazing music, elaborate dance numbers, a perfectly diabolical villain (we’re looking at you, Joe Pulitzer), and a loveable cast that you root for ‘til the end.
But just how Disney IS Newsies? Allow us to show you:
First off, the music was written by Alan Menken. You know, that wonderful Disney Legend that wrote some of the most beloved Disney songs of all time? Yep, that guy. He’s the best and wrote the music for The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules AND Enchanted, just to name a few.
Kenny Ortega, who directed Newsies, also directed Hocus Pocus, and all three High School Musical movies. You can now officially thank him for baby Christian Bale as Jack Kelly, Bette Midler singing “I Put a Spell on You,” and Zac Efron singing “Bet On It.”
Speaking of baby Christian Bale, (aka Jack Kelly) he went on to voice Thomas in Pocahontas! Jaunty hats must just be Christian Bale’s thing.
Christian Bale isn’t the only newsie who provided a voice in a Disney film. Max Casella (Racetrack Higgins) voiced Tip in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. Everyone sing with us now ♫ Titanic Tip and Daring Dash, Adventurers slash explorers! ♫
Also, while we’re on the topic of singing, Aaron Lohr (Mush), provided the singing voice for Max in A Goofy Movie. He also had a role in the last two Mighty Ducks movies.
To conclude our argument with the most mind-blowing Newsies fact out there, Arvie Lowe Jr. (Boots) went on to play the best substitute teacher ever, Mr. Dig in Lizzie McGuire. Did we know about this before conducting our research? No. Did we text everyone we knew in middle school to share this news with them? Yes.
There you have it, after this cast and crew was done carrying the banner, they went on to lots of wonderful Disney projects.
Did you learn something new about the Newsies? Tell us in the comments below!