Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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A prince cursed to spend his days as a hideous monster sets out to regain his humanity by earning a young woman's love.

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  • Director Kirk Wise discusses how Beauty and the Beast will be converted to a 3-D version.
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1 February 2005 | marksul
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| The cream of Disney
This is a classic movie. We have breakthrough films like Snow White and Fantasia, and we have other greats like Aladdin and The Lion King, but this definitely tops them all. There is so much here that is missing in other Disney classics. This film has emotion, incredible music and animation, characters that you admire, laugh at, and despise. This movie is a fun ride from beginning to end. We can all relate with the suffering of the Beast (being an outsider), and we all know a Gaston in our lives. The way we can identify with the characters sucks us into the story. Don't miss this classic...the only animated film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

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Trivia

All of the dialogue spoken by Tony Jay (Monsieur D'Arque) heard in the film was recorded during his audition. He gave two readings. The reading heard in the film was using what Jay called his "Masterpiece Theater voice". This brief role led to him being cast as Judge Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), another film directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise and set in France.


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Narrator: 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 ...


Goofs

When the Beast slams the door to the west wing in anger of Belle's refusal to come down for dinner, a piece of ceiling plaster falls on Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Mrs. Potts, scattering pieces about the place. In the next overhead shot, all of the plaster is gone.


Crazy Credits

"To our friend, Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful. Howard Ashman (1950-1991)"


Alternate Versions

The "Work-In-Progress Edition" has also been released on a CAV laserdisc in 1992. This is the unfinished preview version shown at the New York Film Festival in September 1991, with 80% of its animation complete, the remaining footage represented by sketches, drawings and painted storyboards. It runs the same length as the final cut and has no new scenes but includes 18 minutes of special features, including alternate version of "Be Our Guest" sung to Belle's father after he stumbles into the castle. It was decided to make "Be Our Guest" more of a show stopper and place it in the middle of the film to be sung to Belle. The alternate scene is all in pencil test.


Soundtracks

Belle
(uncredited)
Music by
Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Paige O'Hara, Richard White, Alec Murphy, Mary Kay Bergman, Kath Soucie, and Chorus
Produced by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Arranged by Alan Menken and Danny Troob
Orchestrated by Danny Troob

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Animation | Family | Fantasy | Musical | Romance

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