The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.
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
Viewers have repeatedly commented on a supposed inconsistency that occurs in the film, of Beast having been cursed for ten years and therefore being only eleven years of age when punished by the Enchantress (inconsistent with his torn portrait). The incessant claims have led the film's writers to reluctantly acknowledge an error that does not actually exist. The misconception is based on a misinterpreted line delivered by Lumiere during the break in the "Be Our Guest" number, "for ten years we've been rusting, needing so much more than dusting." The line was interpreted to refer to the amount of time the servants had lived as objects, when in fact, the line refers to the amount of time that the servants had been prevented from using their service skills due to the young prince's developed distaste for merriment. Both Lumiere and Cogsworth are very keen on keeping the matter of the spell a secret from Belle (with Cogsworth rapidly halting the talks on the subject as Belle walks into the kitchen, as well as saying, "who said anything about the castle being enchanted?") so Lumiere would not have made a blunt reference to the spell for everyone, Belle included, to hear. Though the age of the prince at the time of the curse has never been explicitly given, one could guess that he was around 17 or 18, meaning the objects had lived as such for about 3 to 4 years, but had not been able to enjoy themselves, such as by preparing a feast or show, for much longer. See more »
During 'Gaston' the bald man playing chess with Gaston is clearly seen placing a white checkered bishop onto a red square. In chess the two bishops on each side can only move or land on a square of the same color. So the man playing Gaston actually made an illegal pass. See more »
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 »
Current theatrical printings from the 2012 3-D theatrical reissue onward plaster the original variant of the 2006 Walt Disney Pictures logo with the 2011 variant that just reads "Disney". See more »
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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