Although they don't often come up in the public consciousness as much as, say, Broadway, ice shows are quite popular. In fact, the Disney On Ice series has collectively been the single biggest theater ticket seller on TicketNetwork.com for the last year, accounting for approximately 1/5 of all theater ticket sales. Affordable tickets and family-friendly content has helped drive those sales, making the series a perfect option for families looking for something to see with their kids.
With that said, why don't we see more of these shows? Surely if Disney can make it work, anybody can? Okay, so there's the whole thing about taking a stage show and adding ice, but I think the idea has widespread potential, especially if it's something somebody can relate to...like comedy. So here are three comedic movies that might do well as ice shows.
Plot: For those who don't know, The Mask is a 1994 film starring Jim Carrey. In the film, Carrey's character finds a mask belonging to Norse god Loki, which imbues the wearer with magical powers and a mischievous, trickster temperament. It was very popular among both kids and adults, and remains so today. Along with Ace Ventura and Dumb and Dumberer, which were also released the same year, it pretty much established Carrey's career, as well as that of co-star Cameron Diaz's.
Why It'd Work: Ice is a perfect medium to use when you need to do things quickly and "The Mask" is nothing if not quick moving. When donning Loki's mask, Stanley Ipkuss turns into a huge spaz, moving from one place to another in the blink of an eye. Also, most of the shows that are now on ice are musical in nature, and The Mask is already partially a musical itself, as one of the movie's key scenes is a comedic musical number. Finally, the movie was rated PG-13, but is innocuous enough that it still could be seen by adults and older kids.
Plot: A human baby crawls into Santa's sack of toys and accidentally gets brought back to the North Pole. Renamed Buddy, he is raised as one of Santa's elves, but eventually learns the truth of his heritage when it becomes apparent he's not like the other elves. Buddy travels to New York City to find his real parents and meets his father, stepmother, and half-brother. Through a series of hilarious events, Buddy is eventually accepted into the family, finds love, and saves Christmas.
Why It'd Work: Like The Mask, Elf is a high-energy movie, mostly because of its main character. It has many of the same elements as The Mask, but is more geared toward the family, so it would definitely be an option for families with young children. It also is partially musical in nature, and perhaps best of all, was made into a musical in 2010, so most of the adaptation work is likely already complete. Finally, it's a Christmas movie, and ice is most commonly associated with winter, so it's a perfect fit! Quite honestly, I'm not sure why the musical hasn't already been made into an ice show.
Plot: Born after his mother and siblings are supposedly eaten by a Barracuda, a clownfish named Nemo is captured by scuba divers after trying to be rebellious against his over-protective father Marlin. Marlin and a regal tang named Dory go on the search for Nemo, resulting in many adventures along the way. Meanwhile, Nemo is taken to Sydney. Eventually, the young fish is able to escape his aquarium confines and is reunited with his father.
Why It'd Work: I think ice is the perfect medium for an adaptation of this movie because skating can easily emulate the motion of fish in the sea. You can't do that as easily on stage and make the motion seem fluid. Make up some fish-like coverings for the actors and actresses, and you have a cast. Add some good, blue lighting, and you have a set. It would be another production good for the family, as are most Pixar films. Finally, it's a Disney production, and they already have a good handle on doing ice shows, so why not?
Which comedic film or films would you like to see made into an ice show?