Monkeys. Bollywood song-and-dance numbers. Mythological derring-do inspired by the Ramayana, the ancient Indian epic. What’s not to like?
This, in brief, is the premise of Monkeys of Mumbai, a musical animated project that was developed at Dreamworks Animation, then axed. The feature would have told the story of two orphaned monkey brothers, Raj and Deepu, who live a hardscrabble life on the streets of Mumbai — until a chance encounter plunges them into a magical world of adventure.
We know this because the film’s director, Kevin Lima, has spoken about the project since its cancellation in 2014. Lima, a veteran Disney director (A Goofy Movie, Tarzan, Enchanted), has spent the last few weeks publishing an array of artwork from the production on Twitter. These revelations build on comments he made about the film to Den of Geek in 2017.