To say that I was surprised to see it listed as one of "The Canon: 50 Essential Film Musicals" in The Rough Guide To the Film Musical by David Parkinson is something of an understatement. So I skipped ahead to that review and got even more surprised by some of the content. Quote and comments beneath the cut...
Maybe this theme is more evident in the film, or maybe I just wasn't paying attention when I saw the on-stage version.
Interestingly several other controversies are mentioned in Parkinson's review but not the one that caused robinpen's review for Eidolon to be more entertaining than the film could ever be (for me at least).
I also have to wonder what angriest's executive bunnies would make of how the film was pitched:
"This film was pitched to screenwriter Irene Mecchi as "Bambi in Africa meets Hamlet"."