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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)
Mary Kay Bergman ... 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
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Trivia

In his teacup form, Chip has a chip on his head. As a human, this manifests as a chipped tooth. See more »

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When Cogsworth falls down the stairs, all sorts of gears and nuts fall out, but in the next shot, seconds later, they are gone. 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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"To our friend, Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful. Howard Ashman (1950-1991)" See more »

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Version of Beauty and the Beast (1957) See more »

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Beauty and the Beast (End Title Duet)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Céline Dion (as Celine Dion) and Peabo Bryson
Produced by Walter Afanasieff
Arranged by Walter Afanasieff and Robbie Buchanan
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Perfect mix of music and animation...a solid achievement...
3 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

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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