“ Genre: Children's DVDs - Disney / Theatrical Release: 1991 / Director: Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale / Actors: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson ... / DVD released 02 November, 2002 at Walt Disney Home Video / Features of the DVD: Animated, Dubbed, PAL, Special Edition, Widescreen „
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I love Disney movies, and when I want to watch a nice classic love story with good songs, Beauty and the Beast is one that comes to mind often. It's the traditional fairy tale story, about looking past someone's appearance and loving them for who they really are, a great lesson for kids to learn.
Of course it wouldn't be a great Disney animation without great songs, and in this one especially there are some of my absolute favourites. For example, 'Be Our Guest' and 'Tale as Old as Time'.
In this film, Belle, a beautiful but odd girl is kept a prisoner by the 'Beast' in exchange for her father who accidentally trespassed. What Belle doesn't know is that the beast is really a handsome prince who is under a spell, and must find someone to love him before the last petal on a magic rose drops. Not only is the beast under a spell, but so are the staff in the castle, turning them all into household objects!
Watching this film is a great experience, it's fun, suitable for kids, has great songs and of course a happy ending. Plus if you want a good romance, this definitely provides that!
It is an absolute classic, one that many people love, and of course the new live action version is being filmed with Emma Watson as Belle, so if you haven't yet seen this original movie, I would suggest you do it now! Let's hope the live action lives up to the original.
When my son was christened many people asked what they could buy as a gift and I didn't want masses of collectables which would just get shoved in a display unit and I felt it was a bit cheeky to ask for money so I decided to ask some people for Disney DVD's. I felt it would be good for him to have a little collection going and because they are classics he would be able to keep them for a long time providing technology allows. One of the DVD's he was bought was Beauty and the Beast and this is my review of the film.
For me Beauty and the Beast is one of the first films I think of when I think of Disney to be honest. It is most definitely a classic film which is enjoyed by both children and adults alike. The version that we have is the special edition and features a picture of Beauty and the Beast as well as some of the other key characters from the film. The DVD costs £17.99 on amazon currently but prices do fluctuate and it is worth keeping your eye on them should you be interested.
Beauty and the Beast is set in a small place in France. It tells us the story of the beautiful and kind Belle who doesn't really fit in where she lives because she is more interested in books than chasing the main man in town Gaston. Her father is an inventor and seen as a bit of a crazy old fool by the people in the town and so Belle is basically tarred with the same brush. One day when Belle's fathers horse is spooked on the way to an inventors show by some wolves he ends up in a large castle which appears to be unoccupied but which is actually occupied by the Beast who takes him as his prisioner. Belle searches for her father and agrees to take his place as prisoner in the castle and what follows is a story of magic, development, wonder and love.
I love the element of magic and wonder within this film. Having been an attractive but conceited human the Beast was actually transformed in to his beast like state by a witch who wanted him to learn true love without appearance. When he was cursed his castle and employees was also cursed and so his staff are now things like talking clocks, candlesticks or teacups! This is such a sweet addition to the story and the staff are actually some of my favourite characters from the film. Lumiere the candlestick is so smooth and cheeky that I just love him!
What is also nice in this story is how you see the love story develop. At first the Beast is scary and shouts a lot and doesn't really know how to behave around people because he is used to being on his own. Belle's sweet and kind nature comes across well but she also stands up to the Beast as well and I think he respects this. As such her nature starts to rub off on the Beast and he experiences the beauty of nature, conversation and generally just being around someone through Belle. Being a Disney movie there is a happy ending of course although you wonder whether it is going to happen at certain points but it nice seeing the characters find each other and their happiness again.
The bad guy in this film is Gaston and he is a strong, arrogant man who thinks he is gods gif to women. As such it is very easy to not like him and to enjoy it when Belle does not appear influenced by his so called charms. He is a very sly character and when he doesn't get his own way launches an attack on the Beast under the premise of trying to protect Belle which isn't nice to watch really because the Beast feels defeated and does not want to fight back.
The story is a nice one and there is plenty going on so it flows quite nicely but as with many animated Disney films there are plenty of songs included in there and in my opinion the sound track for Beauty and the Beast is one of the best ones. There are some really classic songs in this film but for me my favourite is called be our guest and the whole part in the film focusses on the Beasts workers tryint to make Belle feel welcome and so they prepare this elaborate meal and show for her and it is such a happy fun scene. I think all of the songs in this film are good though and they compliment it well.
Being a Disney film the animation is top notch. Belle is traditionally beautiful looking whilst the Beast can look scary but can also look quite soft and gentle too. The characters that work for the Beast have such wonderful looks that you can well imagine them in their human form as well which is great. The scenery is also great in this film and the whole thing is just excellent quality really.
This film lasts for approximately ninety minutes and carries a U rating making it suitable for all the family. I see no reason why small children wouldn't sit through this film and I know that I used to watch it with a friend when we were teenagers! It really does suit everyone who may be a fan of Disney and it is a film I absolutely recommend.
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Beauty And The Beast is my wife's favourite ever Disney film, which probably makes it all the more tragic when you consider that, until today, I still hadn't seen it!
Having a bit of a Disney renaissance this week, this was today's offering that I decided to sit and watch with my daughter. And what a delight!
The animation is still top-notch even when you consider how many years have passed since this was made. Angela Lansbury, whom I have loved since seeing her in Sweeny Todd so many, many years ago, surpasses herself in helping to provide some of the vocals to a beautifully chosen cast and this is one of those rare things nowadays- a Disney film that still retains all of its magic years after it was first produced. How many of today's Disney films will be able to boast the same in years to come?
Belle is a young girl obsessed with books. Her father is an eccentric inventor who falls foul of a cursed Prince, doomed to live out his days as a beast unless he can find someone to love him. In desperation, Belle offers to swap places with her father and slowly begins to fall in love with the personality buried deep beneath the beasts dour surface. But there is another who sees Belle as his betrothed and he is reluctant to let her go so easily...
This is a great interpretation of a classic tale. In recent years, the only other film that comes close to this is the more modern Tangled which updates the story of Rapunzel. Everything here is near perfect and, watching this today, I could find no faults! Kids will love this but you know what? Adults watching this will likewise find much to enjoy.
This simply is pure Disney magic at its best and I suspect I will be humming "Be our guest" for days if not weeks to come!
This film has to be my favourite Disney film by far, even at 19 I'm still a huge Disney lover and this is one of those timeless classics you can watch over and over again. Beauty and the Beast is a classic Disney princess story, containing adventure, morals and of course love. It is Disney's 30th animated classic, released in 1991 and reinventing itself in 2012 with a cinematic 3D release.
Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, living in 1700 France in a little village with her wacky, inventor father Maurice. On the way to an inventors fair, Maurice finds himself lost in a wood and stumbling upon an enchanted and creepy castle he finds himself captured and imprisoned by a cursed prince who was turned into a Beast due to his selfish ways. Belle sets out to find her father and bargains with the Beast to take her in exchange for her father's freedom. With the help of the castles enchanted staff, Belle learns the important lesson that true beauty comes from within.
The film has some charming and fascinating characters, due to the curse the castles staff were turned into furniture, there's Mrs.Potts the teapot and her son Chip a teacup, Lumiere the candlestick and Cogsworth the clock. Although being household items these characters really come to life and each have their own unique and loveable personality which really adds to the film. The Beast himself shows the progression from being a sour and angry character to one who wants to learn how to read and learn manners to impress Belle and by the end of the film everyone adores him.
The music is simply beautiful in this film from the opening scene with the gentle and mysterious story telling tune to the musical songs such as 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Be our guest'.
This really is a beautifully told, animated classic story with strong morals mixed with humour and song. Although it's more of a girl's film I think that there are parts which young boys would enjoy too. All in all a true Disney classic.
Classification - Universal ( Contains infrequent mild threat)
Running time - 91 minutes approx.
Bonus Features include - Deleted scenes, games and activities, the story behind the story.
I have always loved Disney films but I really prefer the Disney Classics and don't tend to like the sequels. Beauty and the Beast is a pretty recent film as far as Disney films go having only been released in 1991. Beauty and the Beast was the first Disney film to be adapted into a Broadway musical in 1994 of course others have followed suit since.
The film is set in the 1700's where a young girl called Belle lives in a little village with her Father, further away in the woods lives a beast who is really a handsome young man who has had a spell put upon him, the beast has until his 21st birthday to learn to love and be loved in return.
Belle's Father Maurice is an inventor and he is travelling to a fair and gets lost along the way, after being attacked by Wolves he comes across the beast's castle but when the beast finds him he holds him prisoner. Maurice's horse finds his way back home and leads Belle to her Father, Belle makes a deal with the Beast that if he lets her father go she will stay in his place to which the Beast agrees.
Maurice returns to the village and tells the residents what has happened but they think he is mad so he tries to get back to the castle alone. Belle starts to like the Beast when he treats her nicely and shows her his massive library and Belle loves reading. When Belle starts to miss her Father the beast shows her a mirror in which she can see anyone she wishes, she asks to look at her Father and finds he is lost and alone in the Woods, the Beast lets Belle go to her Fathers aid and gives her the mirror to remember him by.
Once back at the village Belle finds that Gaston her would be boyfriend if she would let him is trying to have her Father locked up for being mad telling stories of a beast so Belle shows him the Beast in the mirror to show her Father isn't mad. Gaston riles the villagers telling them the Beast will come to eat their children and won't listen to Belles please that the Beast is actually gentle, the villagers get together and go off to the castle to kill the Beast.
I won't reveal the ending but Belle and her Father rush to the Castle to try and stop the killing of the Beast and to find out what happens you will have to watch the film yourselves.
The film has some fantastic characters, all the furniture within the castle comes to life and there is a candlestick called Lumiere who believes in romance and that Belle will break the spell, there is Cogsworth a clock who is more realistic and Mrs Potts the teapot and her son Chip the cup who want everything to be perfect for Belles stay. The characters help to add some humour to the film which is brilliant and has the hidden meaning of not judging things and people by how they look.
The songs in this film are not so well know and catchy as in other Disney films but there is a really lovely song "Beauty and the Beast", the voice overs in this film are not as big as in some films but Angela Lansbury does provide the voice of Mrs Potts.
This is a lovely enchanting film and I think it has a very important message to get across to children, I haven't managed to watch this film yet with my daughters but am sure once they agree to sit down and watch it they will love it as much as I do.
As we are just four weeks away from visiting Disneyland Paris I decided it would be a good time to introduce my children to some Disney classics. My children are already familiar with the characters with them being referenced in so many of the new cartoons, and so I thought it would be nice for them to watch the films I enjoyed as a young child. One of the first my daughter wanted to see was Beauty and the beast.
Belle is an ordinary girl that is getting on with her day to day life. She is constantly being pursued by the towns heart throb but shows no interest for him and wishes she could be somewhere else. One day Belle's father stumbles across a castle and is held prisoner by the Beast inside. Belle tries to negotiate her father's release but the only way she can do this is by offering herself in place of her father. Once agreed Belle is forced to stay at the castle where she begins to find out a little more about her capturer. The beast is actually a Self centred Prince who refused to help a sorceress due to her looks when he was a young boy. She cast a spell for him for being so shallow, and so he shall remain a beast until he finds true love. He was given a rose that will wilt on his 21st birthday, and if he is unable to find his true love by the time the last petal falls he will remain a beast forever. He knows time is closing in and so sets out to woo Belle but are they just to different to ever get along?
This is an old film but compared to some Disney classics it is relatively new released in 1991 but we still found it to be a very enjoyable watch. There seems to be something magic about Disney as no matter what film I put on the screen it immediately catches my children's attention. Compared to other Disney films I would not say there is not as much action, but there is still enough different things going on to hold young children's attention. They focus mainly on Belle and the castle but also switch back to the village to just add something a little more than the two main characters. Of course all of the maids of the castle have also been turned into talking possession, and Mrs Potts and Chip are some of my little girl's favourite characters.
What I love is it is a great watch for all of the family. My eldest son groaned a little when he heard what was about to come on as it was a princess film. As soon as the movie began he couldn't help but watch and as soon as the Prince is introduced as a beast he sat and watched it from start to finish without moving. My daughter was also mesmerised by the film. She had always loved Belle long before watching the film, and every single part of the film held her interest. Some of the scenes are just beautiful and I can see why it won so many awards.
Of course as the film was released so long ago the special effects and whole film seems a little dated. You can definitely tell it is an older animation, but this has no effect on the way my children view it. Considering how old this film is some of the scenes are truly magical and the bright engaging colours hold your attention. As all of the characters are well built, interesting and pull my children's attention straight to them while on screen. Even with it being an older film all of the details are perfect to wow a child and half of the time my children sat opened mouthed. Each scene is well detailed and thought out to give the film a high quality finish.
Again like most Disney films music plays a large part of the film. The singing and soundtrack all match the film perfectly, and my children all think they are magical. It works perfectly with the scenes they match. It is a musical so the characters will be singing but my children and I all love each and every song. This really helps grab my children's attention too, just as I think they are losing interest a song will begin and they will be lost in the magic again.
Of course there is a hidden message. Beauty is not all about looks it is what's inside that person that matters. It is the usual Prince meets a girl fall madly in love and they live happily ever after, but it has the twist of the two main characters being so different. Then there is the handsome hunter that should be any woman's dream man on paper, but Belle really wants something more. It proves that you should never judge a book by its cover which is important for children to know. There are a range of emotions portrayed in the film happiness, sadness and you can't help but have empathy for the characters.
This is one of our favourite films and it is also perfect for the whole family to watch. Despite it being dated children today can still relate and enjoy the films and it really is a classic. It holds their attention from start to finish and with children under five this is very difficult. This is something that we have watched over and over again, and I just know we will watch it again and again until my children become bored. It is a family film that can be enjoyed by everyone, and truly is one of our favourite films ever. The film is beautifully portrayed, it has a beautiful story and the characters are all perfect.
A young prince living alone in the castle has a spell cast upon him by a beautiful enchantress when he sends away an old beggar woman because of her appearance - he's transformed into a Beast and a spell is cast upon the castle and all those who live in it, until he can learn to love and be loved in returned. Belle lives with her inventor father Maurice in a small French town, but she doesn't feel like she fits in. She loves reading and spending time with her family, but has no friends. She's also forever batting away the flirting of arrogant hunk Gaston, who wants to make Belle his wife. When her father ends up trapped as a prisoner at the Beast's castle, Belle exchanges places with him, and starts to live life with Beast and the other magical inhabitants in the castle. Will the Beast be able to love, and will he find love in the most unlikely of places?
Lately, Disney have been bringing back all of those classic movies that I loved a child, and I am really loving having the chance to share these with Harry, and relive a little bit of my childhood at the same time too! 2011 saw the re-release of The Lion King, and now Beauty and the Beast, from all the way in 1991 is having its turn in the spotlight. It was the film of choice this weekend at our local Vue cinema for the KidsAM showing, so for just £1.50 each, Harry and I got to see this classic, and despite my reservations that he wouldn't enjoy it as he dismissed it as a girly film, he loved every second of it and I've just purchased it on DVD for us to watch and enjoy again! It's great to know that these Disney classics are timeless, and I already can't wait to watch it again.
I absolutely adore this film for so many reasons but one of them is the immensely likeable cast. Belle is the perfect leading female for this film, and like all Disney 'princesses', she is gorgeous, has a wonderful singing voice, and is destined to live happily ever after! Paige O'Hara voices the character perfectly, from her rich speaking voice full of emotion, to that gorgeous singing voice which captures the innocence of Belle so well, and is now one of the iconic female Disney voices. There's nothing dislikeable about Belle, she's simply perfect and we love her all the more for it. In turn, Robby Benson voices the Beast, and his gruffness works so well with the softness of Belle, and he has a lovely singing voice too in 'Something There'. The fabulous Jerry Orbach voices the candlestick Lumiere, one of my favourite characters in the film, and is cast alongside the amazing Angela Lansbury as Mrs Potts... you'd know that voice anywhere, and she seems perfectly cast as the caring housekeeper-turned-teapot! Each of the cast take their turns in singing roles, and it all comes together to create one of the best Disney soundtracks.
One great thing about this film is that there is no complicated meaning to find within it, it's just simply about teaching us that love can prevail when you look beyond the other person's appearance, as Belle is able to for the Beast. Beast is convinced that he is unloveable, and as such treats those around him disrespectfully and rudely. Belle is able to show him the error of his ways and through her attitude and friendliness is able to turn him around and show the gentle, loving side she knows is there. It's a tale of true love, and is extremely emotional to watch, even for an animated film. The gentle scenes involving Belle and Beast are so sweet, with the music accompanying them perfectly, and it is a joy to watch from start to finish. Yes, it's convenient that they start off hating each other and it turns to love, but that is part of the magic of Disney for me! Beast's lesson of learning to change for love is an important one - changing for the better, and as Mrs Potts sings... 'bittersweet and strange, finding you can change, learning you were wrong' - I'm sure we could all take something away from that line.
The songs in this film are just magical, and it won't take long for them to be embedded in your musical memory forever! I found myself singing along quietly in the cinema while the main songs in the film played, and I loved them just as much now as I did as a young girl. The movie opens with the brilliant 'Belle', a fairly long musical number introducing us to Belle, Gaston and her village. It's such a happy song, and very iconic for the movie. The wonderful 'Something There' is a duet between Belle and the Beast, with other singing by Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs Potts, I particularly love the sequence in the movie for this song, it really shows the change in relationship for these characters. My favourite song, and favourite scene in the whole movie is the absolutely perfect 'Beauty and the Beast', sang beautifully by Angela Lansbury (Mrs Potts). The moment those infamous piano chords hit and Belle emerges in the iconic yellow dress... wow, that is movie history right there, and the audible of the little girls in the audience just made it all the more precious. 'Be Our Guest' is the most uptempo of the numbers, involving the enchanted household objects, and is so wonderful to watch on-screen, full of action, colour and is mesmerising for young children and adults alike... try to avoid singing along to that one!
The animation in the film was flawless, and both Harry and I really enjoyed watching the whole thing. It is the traditional style Disney animation, rather than the CGI of their more modern releases 'Tangled' and 'Cars', but it's perfect as it is. Harry had reservations that it was a film for girls, but afterwards told me he loved the Beast and how Belle fell in love with him at the end. Everything about this film comes together to create a cinematic masterpiece, and became the first animated movie to nominated for the Best Picture Oscar... rightfully so too. There's something magical about watching the beautiful girl fall in love with the Beast, and the magic surrounding them both... no matter how old you, you can't fail to be moved by the movie, especially that tear-jerker of an ending. Every little girl will want to be Belle after watching this, and I could watch that famous ballroom scene again and again. I loved everything about this movie, and the fact it is still so popular 22 years after it's release speaks volumes - amazing Disney at it's best.
Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
Written by Linda Woolverton and Roger Allers
Running Time: 84 minutes
Main Voice Cast:
Paige O'Hara ... Belle (voice)
Robby Benson ... Beast (voice)
Richard White ... Gaston (voice)
Jerry Orbach ... Lumiere (voice)
David Ogden Stiers ... Cogsworth / Narrator (voice)
Angela Lansbury ... Mrs. Potts (voice)
Bradley Pierce ... Chip (voice)
Rex Everhart ... Maurice (voice)
Jesse Corti ... Lefou (voice)
You can buy the DVD for just £6.49 on Amazon.co.uk, such a bargain for such an amazing film! (July 2012 selling price).
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Beauty and the Beast is an animated movie released in 1991, produced and distributed by Disney. The movie was one of the greatest hits of it's time, it was the very first animated movie ever to recieve a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
The movie revolves around a young prince who gets turned into a hideous Beast by an enchantress who is displeased with his vain and shallow attitude. The enchantress also transforms all of his attendants and servants into objects like teapots, clocks, teacups etc. She then gives him an enchanted rose and tells him that he must learn to love and be loved by another in order to turn human again. Agonized over his own appearance, the Beast hides in his palace and becomes even more bitter and unpleasant. After all, who could ever love a Beast?
The film has a great lesson behind it's story. While many people disapprove of Disney movies for their children I think it is almost a tradition now to grow up watching Disney movies and Beauty and the Beast is a classic. The Beast was once a handsome prince who had it all but he was shallow, vain and unkind. He was transformed into a hideous Beast until someone could learn to love him. Lesson- true beauty comes from within, it does not do to become obsessed with what is on the outside.
In a nearby village is a beautiful young girl named Belle who longs for adventure, for something more than her current life. When her father gets imprisoned in the Beasts castle, Belle offers to take her fathers place. Not so much a lesson but it shows kindness,sacrifice and love.
Even though the Beast by normal standards was hideous to look at Belle eventually learnt to see past it. She becomes good friends with the Beast and over time the two fall in love- so many other stories associate the idea of love with a handsome prince and a beautiful young maiden. This prince was anything but handsome which again is a great message to the younger girls to not always make the conventional idea of handsome a requirement for love when they grow up.
Despite a few tense moments the movie does not have any particular action like some Disney movies do which I see as a plus. Not all kids like movies with action and tension, I certainly did not when I was young so this movie was one of the ones I would see over and over again because there were no anxiety inducing parts I had to skip over. If your child does not like particularly tense movies this is a winner. The story moves smoothly throughout there are no parts in the movie when I found myself wondering what was going on, no boring parts and nothing is played out, a complaint I usually have of movies.
The animation, for it's time, was very very good and the whole thing is just...stunning. The amazingly detailed ballroom in which Beauty and her Beast share a dance, the huge library, the grand staircase and even places outside of the castle just look stunning. The attention to detail is great. The music is pleasant, enjoyable and simple.
5.Be Our Guest
7.The Mob Song
8.Beauty and The Beast
9.To the Fair
11.The Beast lets Belle Go
12.Battle on the Tower
14.Beauty and the Beast (Peabo Bryson & Celine Dion)
On the whole, it is a lovable, entertaining movie and one you will not regret watching, though your kids especially daughters may become extremely obsessed with it so you may be watching it more than once lo
(This review also appears on Ciao)
As I seem to be on a role with reviewing films I figured I would carry on, plus as I am skint before payday all I seem to be doing at the moment is going through my film collection and Beauty and The Beast was one of my picks last weekend. I love the Disney films and was brought up on them as a child. As the classics are being released on DVD/Blu-ray I am buying them as I would love to be able to show them all to my kids some day.
Beauty and the Beast was released in 1991 and was the 30th film in Disney's Classic Series and written by Linda Woolverton. The film is based on the fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont - "La Belle et la Bete".
The story focuses on bookwork Belle who lives in a small town and wants more from life and the Beast who was a selfish unkind ruler who was transformed into a Beast as a curse. To return to his true form as a human he must find true love and be loved but as many years as the Beast he has become bitter and shuts out the real world. As part of the curse his entire staff we're also cursed with him and were transformed into household objects.
When Belle's father disappears on the way to an inventions fayre, Belle goes in search and finds him at the Beast's castle. He refuses to let the leave so Belle offers herself in exchange for her father. Beast agrees and Belle becomes his prisoner. Seeing the opportunity for the Beast to begin to feel his servants begin to encourage a friendship between the pair, in hope love will blossom.
Unlike the older Disney films where the female main characters relied on the price to save them this film puts Belle as a strong force and capable of fending for herself which is why I like this film. Belle is instantly likeable and beautiful. The film also plays homage to it being based on the French fairytale by setting the film in France.
There are many characters and each are strong and funny, and the names of the servants changed to household objects often suggests the object they have become.
Paige O'Hara as Belle -
Robby Benson as the Beast
Richard White as Gaston - An unwanted love interest for Belle
Jerry Orbach as Lumière - Beast's butler - changed into a candlestick
David Ogden Stiers as Cogsworth - another butler changed to a clock
Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts - housemaid changed to a tea pot
Bradley Michael Pierce as Chip - Mrs Potts' son - changed to a tea cup
The graphics of the film are great for the time is was produced and even now do not look aged or out of date. The film is full of lavish detail and rich settings.
Beauty and the Beast also became the first even animated film to be nominated at the Academy Award and were up for Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Original Song of which it won the latter two. The film was well known for its music and even won a Golden Glove for best Musical as well as two further musical awards. It was Alan Menken and Howard Ashman who helped write the music and songs for the whole film. This just shows how lovable and how great the film is.
It's full of humor, laughs, romance and friendship and will remain as a firm favorite among our family and held in deep affection.
Beauty and the Beast is a classic children's film recently re released on DVD. If you haven't already snapped up a copy for yourself, now would be the time to do so as Disney films are only around for so long before they are locked back up inside the Disney vault. If you are an avid Disney fan like myself you wouldn't want to have this one missing from your collection.
Belle is an intelligent woman who finds herself trapped in a hum drum ordinary life, she wants something more. She gets more than she bargains for when her father, a crazy inventor finds himself lost in the woods. Finding shelter in a cursed castle he is locked up by the hideous beast. Belle worried for her father tracks him down and trades places with him and so begins an unusual relationship to say the least. At heart this is a film that tries to tell us that beauty is on the inside. Beast's harsh, hairy exterior masks a kind heart. Will the pair realise their feelings for each other before it is too late?
No Disney film is complete without a Disney villain and this task falls to Gaston, a muscular, egotistical vain man who's jealousy leads him to take some truly villanous moments.
With some of the most memorable Disney characters ever brought to life like the charismatic candlestick Lumiere or the pompous clock Cogsworth, this is a film that you will want to watch over and over. A great gift for any child to enjoy you'll soon be singing along to all the classics.
WHY YOU SHOULD BUY THIS FILM
A heart warming story
Beautifully crafted animation
It won't be around forever
WHY NOT TO BUY IT
Best for young children to enjoy
Disney movies can be quite expensive (sometimes up to £20). Only worth it if you think you'll be watching it plenty.
Even though I am 21 years old, I still love watching Disney movie; nothing better than having a Disney day with your friends!
A brief summary... Belle, a beautiful, popular village girl; everyone loves her. She loves book so much she misses the world passing her by. Her father is an electrical inventor and engineer. When he heads off to try and win first prize at an inventors fair he gets lost and stuck. He ends up outside a large castle which goes into seek shelter. He wanders around the castle, trying to see if anyone is around. Suddenly out of nowhere an angry Beast appears and throws him into the dungeon for intruding upon his home. Meanwhile Belle is frantic with wondering what has happened to her father. She tracks him down to the castle and is also faced with the Beast, she tries to reason with him to let her Father go free. But the only way that the Beast will release him is if there were someone to take his place, and it is decided that someone is Belle!!..
I will let you watch the film to find out what happens!
The film is a great story with a wonderful inside meaning. It's what is on the inside that really counts, and to never judge a book by it's cover! The soundtrack the this film is spectacular, I love all the songs (and know all the words) I recommend if your buying the film you may as well go ahead and get the soundtrack at the same time, as soon after you've watched the film you'll want it!! The graphics are great, got a lot better quality since the film first came out on video. All this talk of the film has made me want to watch it, hope its done the same for you :)!!
Forgive me if this isn't any good as it's my first film review
Beauty and the beast follow the story of a self centre and judgemental prince, who cast away a woman from his castle because she was ugly, little did he know she was a sorceress in disguise, she places him under a spell which turns him into a grotesque beast, which can only be broken when he begins to love someone for who they truly are and have they love him in return. Maurice an inventor accidently trespasses on to the beast's property and is punished by being locked in the dungeons. Bell, Maurice's daughter offers herself instead of her father. Through the course of her being locked in the castle a friendship starts to blossom.
Gaston, the villain in the story, is desperately in love with Bell. He suspects she has feelings for the beast so convinces the villagers that he is dangerous and then black mails Bell into marrying him otherwise he'll put her father into a mental hospital.
Disney films are mainly aimed at children and there isn't a single film that doesn't have a moral, this is great because children love these films and even if they don't fully understand the film it teaches them life lessons, like this one 'Never judge a book by Its cover' being taught this at an early age is important because it means not to judge someone by the way someone looks or acts, these days people are put into certain categories such as chav or greb, and a lot of people start fights are arguments because people are different and this is really wrong, you should be able to live your life how you want to without fear of being not accepted.
There is a significant turning point in the film as Bell runs away from the castle through the stormy weather, he starts being chased by wolves, The beast comes to her rescue and despite him getting injured takes her back to the castle where she's safe, this is where their friendship starts to blossom, we start to see a new side of the beast. Bell starts to gain confidence around him and no longer is scared and timid around him, there's a scene where Bell is treating the beasts wounds and he starts to get angry and shouts because it hurts and she begins to shout back at him because all she's trying to do is help him, At this point they both have a realisation there is no fear getting the way of them becoming friends and as they send more time together stronger feelings start to develop.
I don't really have a negative opinion at all about Beauty and the beast however I thought the ending was very cliché, despite knowing that he is really human and after meeting Bell he will of course change back, but when he does it all seems rushed. I don't mind this too much as it is a very enjoyable film and of course is mainly about how he is on the inside and how he changes as a beast.
To sum up the characters, Bell is a very strong female character, she is the only female in the village that reads and is extremely independent who refuses to rely on anybody else with an open mind. No one truly understands her because she is so different to everyone else, which is what Bell and the Beast have in common. The beast is a very misunderstood character, and changes through the film, at first he is a self centred prince, who turns angry because everyone is scared of him, he has a special room in which he keeps the wilting rose that counts down the days before he permanently stays as the beast.
The film is very enjoy able for people of all ages, with several catchy songs to sing along to if you are in the right mood with a very memorial story line, and many films have tried to adapt the same story line such as the film 'beastly' Even though this being modern and not animated it doesn't have the same effects and seem to of made it for the sake of it and not for the real moral.
Ah, what can I tell you about this story that you don't already know? A girl ends up being forced to live with a beast in his castle, until they fall in love - both leering an important lesson about inner beauty - and the spell is broken.
I am bit twitchy when it comes to fairy tales, and 'modernised' versions, especially when writers take liberties and sugar things up too much. However, this is probably one of the best examples of a story being left with much of its original matter. With the exception of the piggish Gaston (who lets face it gets a pretty great song) a good portion of the story is unchanged; Disney must have accepted that it was okay to begin with.
I think a lot of CGI boffins would say that the digital animation is dated now - I'm talking about the ballroom sequence - but I think, like the rest of the animation, characters, scenery or otherwise, are just as stunningly beautiful as they were on their first release (I was lucky enough to be a child and see it on the big screen!)
As far as Disney movies go, this one is a cracker; kids love it, adults love it, the songs are fun and the characters are memorable, and there's enough slapstick to make the sadder or more perilous scenes nicely balanced.
As far as the extra scene goes I must say it was a bit odd the first time I saw it, knowing the order of the film it really threw me. I can see why they took this rather unnecessarily song out, but its still nicely done and its great that the work put into it wasn't in vain. As always, there are plenty of extra features to keep you busy after the movie is finished!
In the run up to Christmas this year, all my boyfriend heard about was how much I NEEDED Beauty and the Beast on DVD. He had been warned that I would not speak to him if it was not in my pile of presents on Christmas day! So when I unwrapped the 'Collector's Diamond Edition' on Christmas day I was over the moon!
My review is mainly on the special features of this edition.
== Beauty and the Beast ==
As far as I am concerned, everyone must know this story! But just incase you don't....
The story starts with a prince who has refused an old woman shelter in his castle so she curses an enchanted rose and turns the prince into a beast, and everyone in the castle turns into some sort of living object. On the Prince's 1st birthday, the last petal on the rose will fall and he will be stuck like this forever, unless he finds true love.
In a small village close by lives a girl called Belle, when her father goes missing she goes looking for him and ends up being captured by the beast, When she starts to get to know the beast she finds herself falling in love with him, but will she tell him before the last petal falls?
I find it hard to believe that anyone has not seen this version of Beauty and the Beast, and if you haven't I recommend you do! However, I'm not sure how easy it is to get a copy of the DVD now as Disney usually release this for a limited time.
== Presentation ==
This version of the DVD comes in a red metallic box which is made to look like a book. On the front is a picture of Belle and the Beast with the movie title and the 'Collector's Diamond Edition' written underneath. Under these are picture of different characters from the movie.
On the spine of the box is, again, the movie title and the edition. There is a small picture of a rose with the Walt Disney logo. The part of the spine that interested me the most was a small gold circle that says 'Classic no.30' inside it. I have never looked into what this is so if anyone knows I would be grateful if you told me!
The back of the box has a few pictures of the special features that are included in the DVD and a description of the movie. It also explains that the 'all new digital restoration makes this 2 disc DVD more magical than ever!'.
== Inside the Box ==
Inside the box is the 2 disc DVD which comes in your basic DVD case. The first disc has the main feature which runs at 91 minutes with added scenes and a new song. There are also several special features included on this disc which are described more thoroughly later on in the review.
The second disc in the case is a complete disc of special features, see below for more information.
Also in the box is a red, hardback book, another item which is described below.
== The Book ==
The contents of the book which is included in this edition are as follows:
Part 1 - The History
A New Interpretation
This section of the book looks into the ideas behind the movie and how Disney turned a classic tale into a movie classic. I have only read a few pages of this so far but it is very interesting! This is a great addition to the DVD for anyone who is extremely interested in learning about how they came up with all the different ideas for the movie. Sadly, I would read this and forget what it said within 5 minutes and, at the minute, I just don't have a good enough attention span to sit and read it.
Part 2 - The Story
This is what it says, the story. This is an illustrated, written version of the DVD. The story is pretty much exactly the same as the movie so I lost the will to read it all the way through but the illustrations are very pretty.
Part 3 - Be our Guest
This was my favourite part of the book. This section includes 13 recipes inspired by the film, including lemon squares, Eiffel Tower wafer sundae and cherry cheesecake. My mum won't let me bake in her house but I can't wait to move into my own place in the next few weeks and try out a few of these recipes. There are some great ideas in here, many of which are quite different to your usual recipes. This also includes how to make the perfect pot of tea.
== DVD Special Features ==
Disc 1 -
* Music and More - I thought that this was going to be a section where you could play the different songs through the movie on demand. However, once trying it out, I found that this allowed you to activate subtitles through the songs throughout the feature to allow you to sing along.
* Classic - This allows you to view the film with audio commentary by directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, producer Don Hahn and composer Alan Menken. I haven't tried this feature as this is the kind of thing that annoys me but it is another feature that is great for someone who likes their movie to be interrupted so that they can learn about why this scene was put in.
* Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Blu Ray is Suite! - This is basically Disney Channel's Zak and Cody advertising Disney Blu Ray DVDs in the most annoying way possible!
I must admit, the special features on this disc didn't excite me at all and I was praying that the features on the second disc would make up for this.
Disc 2 -
* Deleted Scenes - This features an alternative introduction to the story which is opened by Peter Schneider. I was quite excited abut this feature as I wanted to see how else they could have started the movie. I didn't really enjoy the alternative introduction and was happy that they started the movie as they did, however, it was quite interesting to watch. There is also one deleted scene in this section of the DVD, totalling to two deleted scenes!
* Music and More - This was basically the music video of the new version of the Beauty and the Beast song, performed by Jordin Sparks. The new version has more of a beat to it and is more modern, I prefer the old version!
* Backstage Disney - I haven't watched anything in this section but it is basically chats with the makers about how they made the movie and 'a musical conversation'.
* Classic DVD Features - Games and activities that you can play on your DVD player. This section also includes Celine Dion's version of Beauty and the Beast (YAY!) and a deleted song.
== Overall ==
This DVD comes in an amazing presentation box and is jam packed with Special Features! Now that I am thin king about it, these special features are probably all included in the normal version of this DVD and the edition that I have is only 'Diamond' because you get the boo k with it.
I must admit that I was quite disappointed with the features as they were very basic and seemed limited to me. I'm not sure how much my boyfriend paid for this but he has told me that it was a lot more than he has every paid for any DVD, I'm too scared too loo k at the price because I know that I definitely have not had my value for money with this!
However, I love the little boo k that came with it and cannot wait to try out some of the recipes. Also, how can anyone be disappointed with the Beauty and the Beast?
Overall, although I am disappointed with the special features included in this DVD, I cant give this too low a rating as the movie itself is just so amazing! Due to this, I am giving Beauty and The Beast Collector's Diamond Edition 3 stars out of 5!
Even though I am 20 years old, I still love watching the occasional Disney movie (then again, my dad still enjoys watching them, and the Muppets, so I don't think age is a factor!). Anyone in my family would tell you that I am a big Disney Princess fan, and the one I love the most is Beauty and the Beast. I hadn't been able to watch it since I was about 16 because my only copy was a video and I had no video player. To my delight however, Disney finally re-released it onto DVD. It was promptly pre-ordered and I excitedly waited for November. I watched it as soon as it arrived, and it must be said that I still love it as much as I always have!
The story is based on the French fairy-tale, La Belle et la Bête - which is probably why the Disney adaptation is set in a French town. The story is about a selfish young prince who was turned into a Beast by an enchantress until he can learn to be a better person, or be stuck that way forever. His entire castle is enchanted, meaning his servants turn into talking objects, such as candelabras, clocks, teapots etc. Enter Belle, a young woman from the local village whom the Beast imprisons in his castle in the place of her sick father. For the Beast to become human again, he must learn to love Belle, as well as earning her love in return, before time runs out.
The story could be seen as classic story format - there is the beautiful princess (although Belle is not actually a princess), the handsome prince/hero (Beast), the evil character (Gaston), a type of fairy godmother (Mrs Potts) and the comedic relief (primarily Lumiere and Cogsworth). Although you see this format time and time again, it is obviously a format that works (otherwise it would not be used!). Although I imagine this film is aimed at children, it is one for all ages, as like I mentioned before, my dad will still quite happily watch it (although his favourite is the Little Mermaid). Now that I am older watching this movie, I notice there are jokes there for adults as well as children - so even if parents have to watch it with their young ones, they are not forgotten and can be entertained by it too.
As with a lot of traditional Disney movies, Beauty and the Beast is an animated musical. There are a number of brilliant songs, which I always find myself singing along to (in fact, all my housemates who watched it were singing along for days after). The music tends to be cheerful and colourful, very bouncy and just makes you smile and feel good - or makes me smile and feel good anyway. In fact, it won an academy award and a golden globe for the musical score, as well as for that iconic song, Beauty and the Beast, which is sang as the pair dance around the ballroom. I think these awards were well and truly deserved, as if the songs weren't as good as they are, the film would be ruined in my opinion. The composers for Beauty and the Beast are the same as those for the Little Mermaid, and I think you can tell as there are elements of the score that are very similar. Also, both movies use Paige O'Hara as the lead - whether this is coincidence or not, I think she was an excellent choice, as out of all the Disney Princess movies, I feel she has had the most powerful and impacting voice that can leave shivers down your spine.
Beauty and the Beast was the thirtieth offering from the Disney Animated Classics series, and was released in 1991 (not that long ago compared to movies like Snow White). It made use of both traditional hand drawn animation, as well as computer generated imagery. I hadn't noticed this until it was pointed out, but the time when this is combined the most is the ballroom scene - the characters are drawn whilst the ballroom itself is animated. I feel without the animation the ballroom wouldn't have looked as spectacular. I also like the fact that hand drawn animation was still used and not replaced, as this is a bit of a tradition of Disney movies (in fact, they have gone back to hand drawn animation for the Princess and the Frog) and it would be sad to see this phased out entirely.
Something I didn't realise about Beauty and the Beast is that it is the first of three animated films that has been nominated for an Academy Award, ever. The other two are Up and Toy Story 3 (fingers crossed for this one!). I definitely agree with this nomination; the storyline is fantastic, the characters heart-warming and funny, and the music is just brilliant. I think this is definitely a movie suitable for all ages, and I will love it for all-time, as I'm sure many people will. It's a timeless classic in my opinion, and if I ever have children, they shall watch it too!
The film that officially signalled Disney's animation renaissance and the only animated feature to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination, Beauty and the Beast remains the yardstick by which all other animated films should be measured. It relates the story of Belle, a bookworm with a dotty inventor for a father; when he inadvertently offends the Beast (a prince whose heart is too hard to love anyone besides himself), Belle boldly takes her father's place, imprisoned in the Beast's gloomy mansion. Naturally, Belle teaches the Beast to love. What makes this such a dazzler, besides the amazingly accomplished animation and the winning coterie of supporting characters (the Beast's mansion is overrun by quipping, dancing household items) is the array of beautiful and hilarious songs by composer Alan Menken and the late, lamented lyricist Howard Ashman, (winning the 1991 Oscar for Best Song and Menken's score won a trophy as well). The downright funniest song is "Gaston", a lout's paean to himself (including the immortal line, "I use antlers in all of my de-co-ra-ting"). "Be Our Guest" is transformed into an inspired Busby Berkeley homage. Since Ashman's passing, animated musicals haven't quite reached the same exhilarating level of wit, sophistication and pure joy. --David Kronke, Amazon.comOn the DVD: Beauty and the Beast's regular DVD release still offers some special features, but doesn't hold a candle to the Collector's Edition. The "making-of" featurette is informative charting the production from Walt Disney's original idea to the final musical version. "The Story Behind the Story" shows the origins of many of Disney's adapted fairy tales. The two games are fun, if a little slow to load. Celine Dion's original video is slightly on the dull side, but Jump 5's remixed version of "Tale as Old as Time" is just ridiculous. As always the sing-along track is great fun for all budding Belles or Beasts in the house. The transfer is as pristine as could be expected from a 1991 release. On the DVD: Beauty and the Beast's two-disc Collector's Edition really is the stuff of fairy tales. Disc 1 has three versions of the movie, the best being the "Work in Progress" edition which offers the unfinished film, sketch lines and all. The theatrical cut has a pristine transfer and the sound is immaculate. The director's commentary relies on a lot on name-dropping and you'll find more interesting insight in the "making-of" feature on the second disc. The sing-a-long track (as with all Disney releases) is fantastic, particularly for such a well-loved score. Disc 2 is packed full of information, fun and games. The best of the informative features is "Animation Magic", an intelligent look into the production of Disney cartoons. In the games section you'll need to head straight for the West Wing to continue an adventure with Chip (Tip: finish the game "Maurice's Workshop" first), but get your fingers warmed up as it needs a little remote control action. This disc only really falls down on the slowness of some of its games and the appalling remix video of "Tale as Old as Time". --Nikki Disney