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Kralahome is an evil sorcerer and the main antagonist of the 1999 animated Warner Bros. film, The King and I.
He was voiced by the late Scottish actor, Ian Richardson, who also played Francis Urquhart.
Role in the film
Kralahome is an evil sorcerer whose main goal is to become king of Siam by overthrowing King Mongkut by sabotaging his reputation a good leader. He believes if harm is done to Anna Leonowens, Louis, Tuptim, and Prince Chulalongkorn, then King Mongkut would be considered to be a traitorous and horrible person and that he would be eliminated from the throne. He could then proceed take over the kingdom and rule it for himself.
His henchman, Master Little does not feel appreciative of Kralahome, hence calling him "stingy" by not sharing the wealth when he becomes king. Kralahome has the power to create illusions with the help of a magical gong that can see all as sort of like a crystal ball and mind powers.
Towards the climax of the film, Kralahome is foiled by Anna Leonowen's friend, Edward for trying to kill King Mongkut, and his plans were uncovered. His punishment would be permanently working the elephant stables by cleaning their dung with Master Little as his boss. He then gets beaten up by Master Little after getting angry about his last tooth falling out.
Kralahome is the tyrannical Prime Minister of Siam and a very powerful advisor, a villainous sorcerer, and a diplomatic figure. Also, describing his personality, he is very evil, cunning, manipulative, temperamental, iniquitous, and antagonistic towards Anna.
- Kralahome appears in the original Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and associated adaptations thereof, but not as villainous; at most, he is mildly antagonistic towards Anna due to cultural differences. Due to this and other changes made to the source material, the estates of Rodgers and Hammerstein refused to allow any more of their works to be animated.
- He is very similar to the following villains:
- Jafar from Disney's 1992 animated film, Aladdin.
- Rasputin from Don Bluth's 1997 animated film by 20th Century Fox, Anastasia.
- Tzekel-Kan from DreamWorks's 2000 animated film, The Road to El Dorado.
- Both are high priests who use magic and seek to take over the kingdom for themselves.
- Both have chubby, hapless henchmen at their disposal.
- Gaston from Disney's 1991 animated film, Beauty and the Beast.
- Both are muscular men with red shirts and black hair. But like Kralahome, Gaston is quite strong.
- Both abuse their henchmen, but their henchmen remain loyal to them in spite of that.