Beauty and the Beast
An arrogant young prince (Robby Benson) and his castle's servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast until he learns to love and be loved in return. The spirited, headstrong village girl Belle (Paige O'Hara) enters the Beast's castle after he imprisons her father Maurice (Rex Everhart). With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts (Angela Lansbury), Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation.
Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Producer: Don Hahn, Howard Ashman
Cast: Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury, Bradley Pierce, David Stiers, Jerry Orbach, Tony Jay, Jo Anne Worley, Hal Smith, Paige O'Hara, Jesse Corti, Mary Bergman, Brian Cummings, Alvin Epstein, Rex Everhart, Richard White
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This is one of my all-time favorite Disney movies. Definitely a classic that every child should see. I still get chills every time I hear the song, "Beauty and the Beast".May 31st, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
Phenomenal tale of love and second chances! Great music as well.August 29th, 2012 · Details
I like this Disney movie but I don't like seeing it in 3-D because I wear eyeglasses and I don't like 3-D glasses because they make me sick. Anyways this movie is good but there are some scary scenes with the Beast losing his temper and a battle scene with the mob and a duel between Gaston and the Beast. Anyways don't see it in 3-D because the experience will make you sick and dizzy instead see in 2-D because it's much more enjoyable to watchJanuary 24th, 2012 · Details
Absolutely loved the 3D on this. And the jokes are much more fun now that I'm a bit older.
This is an all time Disney classic. It was great to see it on the big screen. As we all know Disney knows where its at and always yanks on our emotions. It shows us that beauty is on the inside something we should all remember.
This is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time. I was supremely impressed with the character design of the Beast. Pure genius. The pacing, plot, music and animation are all done with exceptional skill and thoughtfulness.
Be warned, like many Disney movies, this has a fair amount of violence. A wolf attack, two stabbings, the villain falling to his death, brawling, and the villain's side-kick constantly being verbally and physically abused. On top of all this is three of the villains admirers are dressed showing a little too much top-side. Despite these things, this movie would be OK for anyone over the age of 12.September 5th, 2011 · Details
"Beauty and the Beast" took three years to create as the 1991 entry in Disney's announced schedule of turning out a new animated feature every year - and the painstaking labor shows in every detail.
The animation ranges from cute to remarkable to knock-your-socks-off - the latter taking hold during the ballroom dance sequence where computer-generated three-dimensional backgrounds (and a chandelier in the foreground) combine gorgeously with the hand-drawn character movement.
Aside from its technical prowess, however, this one will be remembered for its timeless story, amusing characters and memorable songs.
The Disney version has the Beast, a conglomeration of animals that would seem to include a bison, bear and lion, being punished for being an insensitive clod. And unless he finds true love before the last petal of a glass-encased rose drops from its stem, he's doomed to live out his life in his present hideous shape.
Meanwhile, beauty is a bookworm dreamer named Belle, whose visions of leaving her small-town province for faraway lands and exotic adventures is lived out through reading.
When Belle's father, an eccentric inventor, stumbles onto the Beast's castle, he is imprisoned, and eventually Belle offers herself as a replacement if Dad can go free. In the castle she meets the Beast's servants, who have been turned into such household items as a clock, a teapot, a chipped cup, a candelabra, a feather-duster, etc.
These clever and very funny characters are aimed at children, while the romance between the title characters is geared more for older audiences, in what is obviously hoped will be crossover appeal similar to "The Little Mermaid." And while it remains to be seen whether this will sufficiently enchant all ages, there is plenty of suspense, comedy and wonderful music to keep everyone entertained.
The songs - from Angela Lansbury's beautiful rendition of "Beauty and the Beast" to the Busby Berkeley-style "Be Our Guest" to the hilarious "Gaston," sung by the egotistical hunter who wants to marry Belle - are by the same writers who did "Mermaid's" score, and all first-rate.
In short, "Beauty and the Beast" is a first-class winner all the way and should provide sufficient entertainment value for every age.December 28th, 2001 · Details