I don't know why I've waited so long to review this film. It is simply one of the greatest animated features of all time. From the wonderful songs to the wonderful cast to the lovely animation, this film hits on all cylinders. It's a moral story as old as time itself: Beauty lies not upon the face, but within the heart. If you haven't seen this movie, please consider renting or buying it soon. It doesn't matter what age you are because this movie appeals to all age groups.
Our heroine is, of course, the lovely Belle, who gives her freedom up so that her father can be released from Beast's castle. Beast's servants, especially Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Mrs. Potts, devise a plan for Belle to fall in love with Beast in order to break the curse that all of them suffer from. Of course, much like in "Frankenstein," that which is misunderstood is considered a monster and Belle's arrogant would-be suitor, Gaston, sets out to free his damsel-in-distress.
The voice cast is wonderful. It includes Robby Benson (Beast), Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts), Jerry Orbach (my favorite, Lumiere), David Ogden Steirs (Cogsworth/Narrator), and Paige O'Hara as Belle. Richard White portrays the selfish oaf, Gaston, and does a wonderful job.
The music is top notch. Composed by Alan Menken and given lyrics by Howard Ashman, the songs are some of the best and most memorable in Disney's catalogue. From "Be Our Guest" to "Gaston," they are all winners here.
The animation is classic and contemporary at the same time.
The DVD is nice. It comes complete with the original and special editions of the film and a plethora of wonderful documentaries on the making of the film, it's music, and many other things as well.
You would be wise to add this masterpiece to your collection. I highly recommend it.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D Written by Linda Woolverton Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise Voices by Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Jerry Orbach and Angela Lansbury Mrs. Potts: Tale as old as time, true as it can be. From the moment the film opens on a spectacular view of a majestic castle through a forest filled with bustling foliage and sparkling waterfalls, the wave of love I felt for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST back in 1991, came rushing back over me when I saw it’s … more
Title: Beauty and the Beast Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Studio: Walt Disney Pictures Genre(s): Musical/Romance Rated: Buy From Amazon.com: VHS / DVD / BluRay & DVD Combo / Soundtrack / Soundtrack (MP3) It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years since Disney first released “Beauty and the Beast.” When it was released it was considered … more
Easily the most well-crafted animated film since Walt Disney passed away. A beautifully rendered modern interpretation of the classic French fairy tale featuring a talented voice cast, stunning visuals, and one of the best scores in recent film history.
Pros: Animation, music, characters, and of course, the story! Cons: None! (ok, so I don't like that new stuff they added) The Bottom Line: Need a good Disney movie? Hard do better than Beauty and the Beast. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. I ought to be writing about something else, like the books I just finished or the new movies I saw. Instead I'm writing about a movie … more
Beauty and the Beast (Platinum Edition) is a two disc set; the first disc contains several versions of the film and some bonus features, while the second disc is comprised entirely of bonus features. The menu for the first disc is in a street sign motif (the street sign is designed to be like one from the little village where Belle and her father lived). From here, you can choose to play the movie (which will automatically default to the Special Edition version), setup (choose … more
Pros: It's an animated film from Disney Cons: Disney hasn't made one as good yet The Bottom Line: Some classics never die. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. So I was sitting, watching Beauty and the Beast one fine day, and my brain is in overdrive... Very unusual for me while watching Disney movies. Anyway, after awhile, it hits me that the Beast … more
Just when we thought nothing could top last year's deluxe edition of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, Disney have outdone themselves. This sparkling new 2-disc of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has been well worth the wait, and features an impressive print.The first disc features three (count 'em) three versions of the film; the original theatrical release, the new IMAX version (featuring the restored "Human Again" musical sequence) and the work-in-progress version that was shown to standing ovations at the … more
Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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The film that officially signaled Disney's animation renaissance (followingThe Little Mermaid) and the only animated feature to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination,Beauty and the Beastremains the yardstick by which all other animated films should be measured. It relates the story of Belle, a bookworm with a dotty inventor for a father; when he inadvertently offends the Beast (a prince whose heart is too hard to love anyone besides himself), Belle boldly takes her father's place, imprisoned in the Beast's gloomy mansion. Naturally, Belle teaches the Beast to love. What makes this such a dazzler, besides the amazingly accomplished animation and the winning coterie of supporting characters (the Beast's mansion is overrun by quipping, dancing household items) is the array of beautiful and hilarious songs by composer Alan Menken and the late, lamented lyricist Howard Ashman. (The title song won the 1991 Best Song Oscar, and Menken's score scored a trophy as well.) The downright funniest song is "Gaston," a lout's paean to himself (including the immortal line, "I use antlers in all of my de-co-ra-ting"). "Be Our Guest" is transformed into an inspired Busby Berkeley homage. Since Ashman's passing, animated musicals haven't quite reached the same exhilarating level of wit, sophistication, and pure joy.--David Kronke --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.