Beauty and the Beast: Classic Disney Movie Fairy Tale of Love Triumphing Over Looks
|"Beauty and the Beast" (1991).|
"Snow White" ushered in what is known as the "Golden Age" of animated Disney movies, which lasted through the sentimental "Dumbo" and tragic "Bambi." Walt Disney considered making a version of "Beauty and the Beast" at that point, but he ran out of time.
World War II disrupted everything, and while Disney movies got back on track in 1950 with "Cinderella" and the subsequent "Alice in Wonderland" and "Peter Pan," times were changing fast and lavish animated musicals (and musicals in general) were going out of style. Walt Disney Pictures then lost its way after Walt's death in 1966 and retreated to non-animated films starring kid-friendly actors like Don Knotts and Tim Conway, with middling success.
Nothing wrong with that, but a lot of good opportunities to advance the art of Disney movie animation were lost in those days.
|Belle reading, presumably in French?|
There had been other recent stirrings in the animation field, such as with 1988's "Akira" and "The Land Before Time," which focused attention on new well-crafted animation films. Disney's own "The Little Mermaid" a year later had gotten the ball rolling, but there had been false starts before. "Beauty and the Beast" cemented the Disney movie revival that lasted through to 1999's "Tarzan." "Beauty and the Beast" came out in the days before massive computer-generated graphics, so this is a traditional hand-drawn film that bears the standard Disney movie mark of quality. As usual with a classic Disney movie product, it involves a love-lorn girl looking for her prince.
|How could she resist?|
|The Beast looks scary at first despite his warm personality.|
|The household servants.|
|The artwork on the German DVD is elegant.|
|Belle does not love Gaston.|
|Maurice is an inventor.|
|The Beast and Belle in love.|
|Belle loves her dance with the Beast.|
|Belle singing made Broadway stars such as Deborah Gibson a boatload of money.|
|Everybody loves the dance sequence.|
|Beast makes Belle happy, and that is all that matters.|
|Belle and Lumière. The cleaned-up version of "Beauty and the Beast" is stellar.|
|The 3D version is a definite enhancement.|
|Belle and Beast about to dance.|
|Dancing in the castle's elegant ballroom is the highpoint of the film.|
In the climactic ballroom dancing scene, the dancing is accompanied by Angela Lansbury singing "Beauty and the Beast."