G | | Animation, Family, Fantasy
A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell.
[June 2008] Ranked #7 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Animation".
Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one winter's night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and ...
Maurice is captured for trespassing in the Beast's castle. Belle also trespasses to find her father. The Beast could have just kept her without releasing her father, thus there would be no threat from the villagers or Gaston. However, a very similar scenario occurred at Auschwitz with a Polish priest named Maximilian Kolbe, who offered to take the place of a man about to be sent to the gas chambers. Merely stepping out of the line-up in the way Kolbe did would've been enough for him to have been sent to the gas chambers anyway, but the Nazis still accepted his offer and let the other man go, and the Beast essentially does the same with Belle.
"To our friend, Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful. Howard Ashman (1950-1991)"
£44,797 (UK) (4 January 2002)
$218,967,620 (USA) (4 May 2012)
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