Beauty and the Beast (1991)

G   |    |  Animation, Family, Fantasy


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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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3 October 2002 | Doylenf
Perfect mix of music and animation...a solid achievement...
I've not seen the newly added song sequence (Human Again) featured in the latest IMAX version so my comments are based entirely on the original theatrical and VHS release.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is Disney at its peak. From the stained glass window at the opening and the beautiful narration, the viewer is drawn into the story by the appealing music and clever lyrics ("Belle's Song") which gets the picture off to a bouncy start. The opening sequence showing Belle and the townspeople in song is masterfully handled and choreographed for maximum effect, setting the tone for the entire story.

The plot becomes thicker once Belle's father enters the castle grounds where the Beast resides. The castle interiors are brilliantly Baroque and the odd characters inhabiting the grounds are delightfully rendered by a perfect blending of art and voice talent. Cogsworth, Lumiere and Mrs. Potts are delightful creations, each with strong, consistent personalities. David Ogden Stiers, Jerry Orbach and Angela Lansbury cannot be praised enough for their contributions.

Two of the musical highlights are Orbach's dazzling job on "Be My Guest" (with French accent) and Angela's tender rendering of the title song, "Beauty and the Beast". Unforgettable movie moments. As Gaston, Richard White's robust baritone voice adds greatly to the effectiveness of his villainy.

It's no wonder the film was the first to receive recognition by the Academy with a Best Picture nomination. Outstanding in every department, including the end title song sung by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson in a more "modern" style.

Along with SNOW WHITE and SLEEPING BEAUTY, a top-notch fairy tale with its appeal evenly divided between adults and children--as well as the child in all of us.

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Trivia

All of the dialogue spoken by Tony Jay (Monsieur D'Arque) heard in this movie was recorded during his audition. He gave two readings. The reading heard in this movie 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 movie directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise and set in France, as well as featuring David Ogden Stiers in the cast.


Quotes

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

In the "Belle" number, LeFou can be seen carrying a bundle of pelts, one of which has the gray and black ringed tail of a raccoon. But the film is set in France, and raccoons are indigenous to North America.


Crazy Credits

The end credits conclude with the dedication message that reads "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

A different version of the "Work-In-Progress Edition", mentioned above, was released on VHS in a special box set. It features all the scenes from the final movie but doesn't include the alternate version of "Be Our Guest." The tape does include a making-of documentary and a short sequence illustrating step-by-step how the film was animated. This is the "Work-In-Progress Edition" that is available on DVD.


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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Genres

Animation | Family | Fantasy | Musical | Romance

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$162,146 17 November 1991

Gross USA:

$218,967,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$424,967,620

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