Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)

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Astonished to find the Beast (Robbie Benson) has a deep-seeded hatred for the Christmas season, Belle (Paige O'Hara) endeavors to change his mind on the matter.


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23 December 2007 | Electrified_Voltage
5
| A forgettable sequel to one of Disney's memorable films of the 1990s
1991's "Beauty and the Beast" was one of a good bunch of Disney films that I was familiar with from an early age. I first heard of this straight-to-video sequel not long after its release, when I was eleven years old. Would I have enjoyed "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas" at the time? Probably, but I never ended up seeing it at the time for some reason, even though I was interested for a while. It's been ten years, and I have finally seen it, but am not that satisfied.

The story is set somewhere in the middle of the events we saw in the first movie, when the castle was still under the spell from the enchantress, meaning the prince was still a beast, and Belle was his prisoner. It's Christmas Eve, but Belle is the only one who is aware of this. She plans to decorate the castle for the forthcoming occasion, despite warnings from castle servants that the Beast hates Christmas, remembering that was the day the enchantress came! Belle believes that bringing Christmas back to the castle will save the Beast from his misery, but will it? Meanwhile, Forte, a former pipe organ player, now a self-playing pipe organ since the casting of the spell, does not wish to return to his original human form, and plans to have Belle permanently removed from the castle so the spell will never be broken!

I guess this isn't really a sequel, as it does not take place after the events of the first movie. Instead, it adds more to the original story. Either way, it's rather disappointing. I did find a bit of excitement in "The Enchanted Christmas", but certainly not as much as in the original. Also, unlike the 1991 smash hit, I did not find so much humour in this film. I guess one reason for that is Gaston and Lefou are not in it, but I also didn't find Lumiere and Cogsworth's arguments in this film as funny as they were in the original, and I'm not sure why. The story is also a bit bland in comparison, as almost all of it is set in the castle, so there isn't as much of a variety in locations, and there aren't as many characters, even though there are two new ones, Forte and Fife. As I recall, there aren't too many memorable songs, either. Nothing lacking in the animation as far as I could see, though.

As you can see, I've given "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas" a 5/10, despite the fact that I've given "The Return of Jafar" a 6/10, and have definitely noticed more problems with that Disney straight-to-video sequel than this one. It's a bit hard for me to describe my experience watching this film, as I wouldn't exactly say I was bored, but didn't really enjoy it, either. These straight-to-video sequels from Disney are never as popular as their theatrical predecessors, but it appears I'm only the 25th user to review this one, and the film has well under 1000 votes, so I guess it's even less popular than I thought! For fans of the original 1991 film, "The Enchanted Christmas" MIGHT be worth a try, but it's definitely not a must-see, at least not for adult fans.

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Trivia

At the beginning of the song "As Long as There's Christmas", the first bit of music and the way the snowflakes swirl through the room is similar to Pocahontas (1995)'s "Colors of the Wind" when the leaves twirl through her hair and the music is the same.


Quotes

Forte: Mademoiselle, please. I am Maestro Forte, court composer and your most humble servant.
Belle: Please to meet you, Monsieur Forte. I'm Belle.


Goofs

During the course of the movie, the character, Fife clearly has four keys/arms, but at the very end of the film, he is seen to clearly to have six keys/arms.


Alternate Versions

When the film was re-released on Blu-Ray and DVD in 2011, the following edits for the remastered version brought some small changes from previous releases of the film:

  • The film is matted to match widescreen formats, while the original release was held in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio.
  • The colors obviously, are slightly pale.
  • When Belle sings "It'll stay up until July..." in the original release, the camera is at a Dutch angle, where as in the later release, it is straight.
  • When Forte introduces himself to Belle ("I am Miestro Forte, court composer...") the sound appears to be slightly out of synchronization and there is a slight pause focusing on the steps before the camera pans up to Forte.
  • When Forte shouts "I THINK NOT!" there is a keyhole cutaway when the camera zooms out, in the earlier releases, there is none.
  • The Christmas angel on the tree at the end of the flashback is replaced by one resembling Angelique.
  • The end credits are golden yellow like the end credits of the first movie instead of chalk white like in the earlier releases.


Soundtracks

What Child Is This?
Traditional tune, lyrics by
William Chatterton Dix
Performed by Paige O'Hara

Storyline

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Genres

Animation | Family | Fantasy | Music | Musical

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