Thursday, 7 November 2013

Beauty and the Beast (1991) Review (Updated)

Beauty and the Beast

Release Date: 11th June 1992 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures (presents)
Silver Screen Partners IV
Walt Disney Feature Animation

Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 84 minutes
               91 minutes
               (Special Edition)

Budget: $25,000,000

Box Office Gross: $424,967,620

Plot Summary
Belle is a girl who is 
dissatisfied with life in 
a small provincial French 
town, constantly trying
to fend off the misplaced
"affections" of conceited
Gaston. The Beast is 
prince who was placed 
under a spell because he 
could not love. A wrong 
turn taken by Maurice, 
Belle's father, causes the
two to meet.

Paige O'Hara - Belle
Robby Benson - The Beast
Richard White - Gaston
Jerry Orbach - Lumiere
David Ogden Stiers - Cogsworth
Angela Lansbury - Mrs. Potts
Bradley Pierce - Chip
Rex Everhart - Maurice
Jesse Corti - LeFou
Hal Smith - Philippe
Tony Jay - Monsieur D'Arque

Director - Gary Trousdale
& Kirk Wise
Based on Fairy Tale -
Jeanne-Marie Le Prince
de Beaumont
Story Supervisor - Roger Allers
Story - Brenda Chapman,
Burny Mattinson, Brian
Pimental, Joe Ranft, Kevin
Harkey, Bruce Woodside
& Robert Lence
Story/Story Artist - Tom Ellery
Story/Visual Development Artists -
Kelly Asbury & Chris Sanders
Animation Screenplay - Linda Woolverton
Producer - Don Hahn
Executive Producer/Lyrics - Howard Ashman
Executive Producer - John Lasseter (3D Version)
Art Directors - Brian McEntee & 
Ed Ghertner (Special Edition)
Background Supervisor - Lisa Keene
Film Editors - John Carnochan, 
Ellen Kenesha (Special Edition) & 
Bill Wilner (Uncredited)
Songs/Music - Alan Menken


1992 Academy Awards
Best Music, Original Song "Beauty and the Beast" -
Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (posthumously) (Won)
Best Music, Original Score - Alan Menken (Won)
Best Picture - Don Hahn (Nominated)
Best Sound - Terry Porter, Mel Metcalfe, David
J. Hudson and Doc Kane (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Song "Belle" - Alan Menken
and Howard Ashman (posthumously) (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Song "Be Our Guest" -
Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (posthumously)

Hello, cinema-goers, today we take a look back in time at one of Disney’s finest achievements to date. It's not SNOW WHITE or PINOCCHIO, it’s a terrific musical film from the studio’s renaissance of 1989 to 1994 that I didn't fully see, but have seen it on clips until now. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was romantic and magical and was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The first before two of Pixar’s modern classics UP and TOY STORY 3 went on to receive the same recognition that it has and because the story-telling of the plot is so simple and outstandingly great and for a 2D animated feature, this film did more than enough to please the expectations of children who love watching Disney. 

Three of the songs were uniquely wonderful include the title song, "Gaston" and "Be Our Guest". Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman's contribution on the songwriting was passionate and beautiful. The CGI and hand-drawn animation were integrated together into this one film and helped to make two musical moments that are worthy of appraisal. While it may not be my favourite, it’s a great movie and I'm definitely surprised that BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was widely acclaimed by many critics including Siskel and Ebert to be the best that the studio has produced. 

In my opinion, THE LION KING (click here) is far superior and is less of a fairy-tale and it was the picture that should have been the second Best Picture nominee for a classic animated 2D picture.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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