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Beauty and the Beast (1934)

A little girl falls asleep and dreams she is in Toyland, where she and a toy soldier contend with the Beast from "Beauty and the Beast."

Director:

Friz Freleng (as Isadore Freleng)
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A little girl has a late night snack and falls asleep. She finds herself in a land where toys and nursery rhymes have come to life. Three heralds sing a welcome song warning her of the beast. Six wooden soldiers march in formation; she kisses the leader, who blushes and falls for her. Speaking of falling, Humpty Dumpty laughs at this and falls off, revealing five wooden ducks who do a song-and-dance number, ending by crashing into some alphabet blocks and spelling out "nertz." The soldier leads the girl to a bookshelf, where they sing the title song (helped by some other books). The finish, turn the page, and the beast comes out of the page after her. A fight ensues, with the soldier sending a toy airplane after the beast (it shaves stripes in its fur), along with some less effective attacks. The attack wakes the little girl up, and she climbs into her bed. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La bella y la bestia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second in the Merrie Melodies series made in Cinecolor. Warner Bros. had to use this inferior two-color process because Disney still had an exclusive contract with Technicolor for animation produced in three-color Technicolor. See more »

Goofs

As the toys shout, "Hi ho, little girl!" the blue duck in the background disappears every few frames, leaving only its feet. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sandman: It's time, little girl, for a sleep.
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Soundtracks

Beauty and the Beast
(1934)
Music by Harry Ruby (as Ruby)
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar (as Kalmar)
Sung as "Welcome Little Girl" by the three who greet the girl
Also sung by the girl and the toy soldier
Also played after the beast grabs the girl
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In Toyland
6 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons. Actually appreciate it even more through young adults eyes, due to having more knowledge of it, various animation styles, studios, directors and how it all works.

'Beauty and the Beast' is not one of Friz Freleng's, a director who did many great cartoons and a director held in high admiration by me, best, not being one of his funniest, wittiest or freshest. For relatively early Freleng, 'Beauty and the Beast' is worth watching though he would do much better later. It is never what one would call properly hilarious (but is never unfunny), Freleng's later efforts show more evenness and confidence in directing and the story.

It is quite thin in terms of story and the structure is basically an excuse to string the events along. It is not terribly imaginative and occasionally momentum is not always there.

Not all the characters are given enough time or personality to properly shine.

However, many of the characters are fun, Humpty Dumpty in particular, and the protagonist is appealing.

The cartoon has a lot of very amusing moments, especially with Humpty Dumpty and the ducks, some variety and there is a good deal of liveliness. The conflict is nicely done and while there is a good deal of cuteness and charm the sentimentality doesn't kick in too much.

Animation is very good, it's fluid in movement, crisp in shading, vibrant and very meticulous in detail. The music is lovely on the ears, lushly orchestrated, full of lively energy and characterful in rhythm, not only adding to the action but also enhancing it.

Overall, worth watching. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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