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Beauty And The Beast (1991) [PORTABLE]

An enchantress disguised as a beggar woman visits a castle and offers an enchanted rose to a cruel and selfish prince in exchange for shelter from a storm. When he refuses, she reveals her identity and transforms the prince into a beast and his servants into household objects. She warns the prince that the spell will only be broken if he learns to love another and be loved in return before the last petal falls, or he will remain a beast forever.

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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Several years later, in a nearby village, Belle, the book-loving daughter of an eccentric inventor named Maurice, dreams of adventure. She frequently tries avoiding Gaston, a narcissistic hunter who wants to marry her because of her beauty. On route to a fair to showcase his latest invention, an automatic wood-chopper, Maurice gets lost in the forest and seeks refuge in the Beast's castle; There, the Beast finds Maurice and imprisons him for trespassing. When Maurice's horse returns alone, Belle ventures out searching for her father, finding him locked in the castle dungeon. The Beast agrees to free Maurice if she takes his place as prisoner.

Jay Boyar of the Orlando Sentinel gave the film four out of five stars, saying "It's not an especially scary movie, but right from the start, you can tell that this Beauty and the Beast has a beauty of a bite."[107] John Hartl of The Seattle Times gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four, saying "It's exceptionally difficult to make an audience care for animated characters unless they're mermaids or anthropomorphized animals or insects, yet the Disney animators, with a big assist from the vocal talents of a superb cast, have pulled it off."[108] Gene Siskel, also of the Chicago Tribune, gave the film four out of four stars, saying "Beauty and the Beast is one of the year's most entertaining films for both adults and children."[109] On their Beauty and the Beast edition of Siskel & Ebert, both Siskel and Roger Ebert proclaimed that the film is "a legitimate contender for Oscar consideration as Best Picture of the Year". Michael Sragow of The New Yorker gave the film a positive review, saying "It's got storytelling vigor and clarity, bright, eclectic animation, and a frisky musical wit."[110] Eric Smoodin writes in his book Animating Culture that the studio was trying to make up for earlier gender stereotypes with this film.[111] Smoodin also states that, in the way it has been viewed as bringing together traditional fairy tales and feminism as well as computer and traditional animation, the film's "greatness could be proved in terms of technology narrative or even politics".[112] Animation legend Chuck Jones praised the film, in a 1992 guest appearance on Later with Bob Costas he claimed he "Loved it. I think it should have won [Best Picture] ... I think the animation on the beast is one of the greatest pieces of animation I've seen".[113]

As told through stained-glass windows, a cruel and selfish young prince is visited by an old beggar woman who offers him a rose in exchange for shelter. However, disgusted by the woman's haggard appearance, the prince instead sneers at the rose and shuns her, despite her warning him not to judge people by appearances, since beauty is found within. After the prince blows her off again, the woman reveals herself to be a magical enchantress. The prince attempts to apologize, but it is too late to do so, because she had already found out that he had no love inside him. As punishment for his actions, she transforms the prince into a horrible beast and casts a spell on his castle and his servants, whilst the rose she offered him is revealed to be an enchanted rose that will bloom until his 21st birthday. The enchantress tells the prince that the spell will be broken, only if he learns to love another and have that person love him back before the last petal on the rose had fallen; if not, he will remain a beast for life. As years went by, he fell into despair and became hopeless, believing that no one could ever love him.

Betsy Hearne, the editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, writes that the film belittles the original story's moral about "inner beauty," as well as the heroine herself, in favor of a more brutish struggle; "In fact," she says, "it is not Beauty's lack of love that almost kills Disney's beast, but a rival's dagger."

The movie's story, somewhat altered from the original fable, involves a beauty named Belle, who lives in the worlds of her favorite library books and is repelled by the romantic advances of Gaston, the muscle-bound cretin in her little 18th century French village. Belle's father, a dotty inventor, sets off on a journey through the forest, takes a wrong turn, and is imprisoned in the castle of the Beast. And Belle bravely sets off on a mission to rescue him.

We already know, from the film's opening narration, that the Beast is actually a handsome young prince who was transformed into a hideous monster as a punishment for being cruel. And a beast he will be forever, unless he finds someone who will love him. When Belle arrives at the castle, that life-saving romance is set into motion - although not, of course, without grave adventures to be overcome.

All songs were the last complete works for a movie by Academy Award winner Howard Ashman. Ashman died eight months prior to the release of this movie. This movie is dedicated to Ashman; at the end of the final credits, you can read the dedication: "To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful."

Glen Keane, the supervising animator on the Beast, created his own hybrid beast by combining the mane of a lion, the beard and head structure of a buffalo, the tusks and nose bridge of a wild boar, the heavily muscled brow of a gorilla, the legs and tail of a wolf, and the big and bulky body of a bear. He also has blue eyes, the one physical feature that does not change whether he is a beast or a human.

In Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve's "The Story of Beauty and the Beast", - the original version of the tale - the Prince was not turned into a beast for being selfish and unloving, but because he refused to marry his evil fairy godmother. Likewise, Beauty's challenge in understanding the beast was not his volatile temperament, but his stupidity, for in beast form, he could not express himself intelligently.

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, losing to The Silence of the Lambs (1991). It was, however, the first full length animated feature to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), and the first Best Picture Oscar nominated for Walt Disney Pictures since Mary Poppins (1964), as well as third nominated for the Walt Disney Company after Mary Poppins (1964) and Dead Poets Society (1989).

In the first song, where Belle sings in the town, she sits by a fountain. As she reads the book (described earlier as an adventure with a Prince in disguise, which sounds just like this story), she flips to a page with a picture. Look closely, and you will see see that she is in the bottom right, the beast in the middle left, and the Prince's castle in the middle.

Céline Dion was initially skeptical about recording the pop version of "Beauty and the Beast" at the ending credits shortly after being terminated from An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) with her rendition of "Dreams to Dream". Dion, who was initially unknown in the U.S. at that time, Walt Disney Pictures contacted Peabo Bryson to be her singing duet partner for the song.

When Gaston is introduced in the film, LeFou claims that no beast alive stands a chance against Gaston. This is foreshadowing for the fight to the death between the Beast and Gaston towards the end of the film. As it turns out, Gaston's near-superhuman strength is still inferior to the Beast's strength.

when Belle sings "True that he's no Prince Charming but there's something in him that I simply didn't see" about the beast its the same melody as when she sings "Here's where she meets Prince Charming but she won't discover that it's him till chapter three" earlier.

Actress Jodi Benson who voiced Ariel in The Little Mermaid (1989) was actually the studios first choice for the voice of Belle in 1991's Beauty and the Beast (1991); however ,the role was ultimately given to Paige O'Hara. Benson did voice Belle for a limited time during the early seasons of House of Mouse (2001).

Beast is one of Disney's most unpredictable characters, because at first glance, he's a fierce monster, but behind the intimidating face is a loving heart, which he displays toward Belle at the end of this movie. Because the viewers of this movie grew more attached to the character's beastly form, most merchandising featuring the Beast tries to aim for the use of this form, not his human form. This is also why Beast's human form rarely ever appears as a Meet-and-Greet Character at the Disney Parks, as most patrons prefer to interact with the Beast.

Robby Benson (Beast/Prince Adam) also did the voice of Prince Alexander in King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow (1992). Ironically, in Prince Alex's adventures, he bumps into a beast with a magic mirror, who must find someone to marry to break the spell before he is turned into a beast.

This was one of two movies released in 1991 and preserved in the National Film Registry in 2002; the other was Boyz n the Hood (1991). Both movies were inducted one year after the minimum ten-year waiting period. In addition, Laurence Fishburne, who played Furious Styles in the latter, was considered for the role of Beast.

One of the concept artworks for Beast bore a large resemblance to the character of the same name from the X-Men series from Marvel Comics. Coincidentally, both characters are now owned by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009 and Twentieth Century Fox (which held the movie rights for the X-Men film franchise) in 2019. Ironically, one of the "Beautiful & Beastly Mail" correspondences in the second issue of the "Beauty and the Beast" Marvel Comics requested a crossover between the two beasts, with Barbara Slate stating that, while one isn't in the works, if they do have one, expect "fur to fly". 041b061a72


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