How will 'Les Miserables' compare to these classics?
1. 'Little Shop of Horrors'
There is a very strong possibility that there would be no modern Walt Disney Feature Animation if this film had not happened. After all, before this, Menken and Ashman were known primarily to off-Broadway audiences. While this film may not have been a box-office phenomenon, the preposterously catchy song score led Jeffrey Katzenberg and Michael Eisner to bet on musicals as a way of revitalizing the Disney brand, and Menken and Ashman were the guys who led the charge. "Suddenly Seymour," "Somewhere That's Green," "Feed Me," "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space," and Steve Martin's perverse and hilarious ode to sadism and dentistry all remain every bit as compelling now as when the film came out, and Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene both give all-time great performances as losers who find success in one another, an unlikely love story that is positively devastating even amidst the laughs.
- Drew McWeeny