Director: Gary Trousdale/Kirk Wise
Writer: Linda Woolverton/Roger Allers/Brenda Chapman/Christopher Sanders/Burny Mattinson/Kevin Harkley/Brian Pimental/Bruce Woodside/Joe Ranft/Tom Ellery/Kelly Ashbury/Robert Lence
Producer: Don Hahn/Howard Ashman
Starring: Paige O’Hara/Robby Benson/Richard White/Angela Lansbury
BBFC Certification: U
Duration: 84 minutes
As a massive fan of Walt Disney, I love most Walt Disney movies but one movie that is definitely in my top five is definitely Beauty and the Beast for the simple reason of it’s enchanting storytelling and it’s beautiful animation. Beauty and the Beast is about a girl called Belle who finds out that her father has been imprisoned by none other than the Beast, who is actually a prince with a curse. She sacrifices her freedom for his and so must stay and live with the Beast forever, where she soon finds the true prince within the Beast. The most beautiful thing about Beauty and the Beast is, without a doubt, it’s gorgeous animation. The colours and the smoothness of it is definitely spellbinding and something that should be appreciated by people of all ages. Everything from locations to the clothes the characters wear are colourful and detailed. There are so many great things about Beauty and the Beast and, even though the animation is definitely the best thing about the movie, the story is not far behind. It’s such a wonderful story that works on two layers for both adults and children. On the outer layer for the children, you have what the children would see which is a simple love story with singing teapots and dancing candlesticks and then you have the inner layer, which deals with adult issues about complicated love, betrayal and sacrifice.
Beauty and the Beast has some fantastic characters as well, such as the enchanted furniture and crockery and the big-headed self-centred Gaston, who wants the girl he can’t get. All of the characters in the movie have been well-crafted and truly thought of and it shows, when watching this movie, how much effort and thought has gone into each detail. The movie also has some fantastic catchy songs that will have your toe tapping or will have you humming the song all day as they can very easily get stuck in your head, like most Walt Disney songs. Most of the scenes in Beauty and the Beast are hypnotically beautiful but there’s one particular scene that’s most beautiful and that’s when Mrs. Potts (voiced by Angela Lansbury) sings Beauty and the Beast and the Beast takes Belle into his arms and starts to dance and, for the first time in the movie, we see the Beast show emotion as he starts to fall for her. To me, I think that’s one of the most enchanting scene in Disney history. The movie itself is a timeless classic and one that would stand the test of time in years to come and is one of those movies you have to show your children.
Among many of the other classic Disney movies, such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast is brilliantly crafted from it’s storytelling to it’s important and visible messages that adults and children could learn. A timeless classic that should be treasured and passed down to generations and it’s a guarantee everybody would love it.