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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Beast (voice)
... Lefou (voice)
... Maurice (voice)
... Mrs. Potts (voice)
... Belle (voice)
... Lumiere (voice)
... Chip (voice) (as Bradley Michael Pierce)
... Cogsworth / Narrator (voice)
... Gaston (voice)
... Wardrobe (voice)
... Bimbette (voice)
... Stove (voice)
Alvin Epstein ... Bookseller (voice)
... Monsieur D'Arque (voice)
Alec Murphy ... Baker (voice)
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Storyline

Having lived a life in selfishness, a young prince is cursed by a mysterious enchantress to having the appearance of a monstrous beast. His only hope is to learn to love a young woman and earn her love in return in order to redeem himself. Years later, his chance shows itself when a young maiden named Belle offers to take her ill father's place as his prisoner. With help from the castle's enchanted staff, Belle learns to appreciate her captor and immediately falls in love with him. Back in the village however, an unscrupulous hunter has his own plans for Belle. Written by Blazer346

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The most beautiful love story ever told. See more »


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Release Date:

22 November 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beauty and the Beast 3-D  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,073,437, 11 January 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$218,967,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$424,967,620
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(Technicolor)

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Trivia

Linda Woolverton drew her inspiration for the screenplay not from Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast (1946), but from Little Women (1933), admitting that there's a lot of Katharine Hepburn in the characterization of Belle. See more »

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After the "Gaston" number, the bear rug moves from behind the chair to under the chair. See more »

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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 offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found ...
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The opening prologue and end title appear within stained glass windows. See more »


Soundtracks

Belle (Reprise)
(uncredited)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Paige O'Hara
Produced by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Arranged by Alan Menken and Danny Troob
Orchestrated by Danny Troob
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Classy piece of animation
27 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

When an arrogant Prince turns away an old woman looking for shelter with only a rose for a gift, she warns him not to just take the surface appearance as being the all of a person; however he rejects her a second time – only for her to reveal herself as a beautiful enchantress. She casts a spell on him, turning him into a beast with the only hope of return being to fall in love with a woman and have her fall in love with him before the rose wilts and dies. Resembling a carpet stuffed with walnuts, the prince figures he has no chance and withdraws into his castle. When an elderly man wanders into the castle, the Beast holds him prisoner and only lets him go when his daughter, Belle, offers to replace him in the Beast's castle. With time running out, the Beast's staff hope that Belle will be the one to break the curse but the Beast cannot remember how.

Being quite a cynical, acerbic person I must admit that I prefer modern animated films that deliver lots of adult humour along with a good emotional story and often I struggle to enjoy films that take the more traditional Disney route. However with this film I was quite taken by how classy the whole affair was, with great effort being shown in every area from the animation, to the songs through to the emotionally involving story whose telling is touched with a nice sense of wonder throughout. The story doesn't really hit many bum notes (I thought Gaston's sidekick was a bit too obvious and half cooked) and it is interesting and enjoyable for the vast majority of the time. The story and comedy is aimed at both adults and children – but the stuff for kids is not basic pratfalls, nor is the adult material just a load of references or suggestive jokes. Instead the two are quite well blended with good physical comedy and plenty of wit. Again, it is the sense of spectacle and wonder that came through that I really appreciated.

The animation feels more impressive for the reliance on mostly traditional animation rather than computer effects – in fact the computer effects look a bit dated now, even if they do still produce the goods in some key scenes. Mainly it is the feeling that every frame has had a lot of effort and love put into it that makes the whole affair feel classy. The songs are also great and feature quite a few memorable songs that stick in the mind; meanwhile the choreography of these scenes is generally very imaginative (Be Our Guest was my favourite). The cast don't feature many big stars and perhaps this is good because the real people don't distract from their characters. That said, I thought that Benson, O'Hara, White and a few others were quite unremarkable even if they were good enough for the film. Orbach, Stiers, Lansbury and others provided comic work in the support characters and everything worked well.

Overall this is a really classy animated film that shows the effort and care put into it in many different regards. It does suffer a bit from cuteness and sentimentality but I didn't think this was a massive problem or something that was not to be expected from Disney and generally I really enjoyed the film and see it as one of the films that define Disney for people of my generation.


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