About Beauty And The Beast
Beauty and the Beast (1991) is an American animated musical romantic fantasy movie produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the 30th Disney animated feature release and the third one released during the Disney Renaissance era.
Beauty and the Beast tells the story of the relationship between the Beast (Robby Benson) and Belle (Paige O’Hara), a young woman whom he imprisons in his castle. The Beast was formally a prince who an evil witch cursed. As punishment for his arrogance, he magically transformed into a monster and his servants into household objects.
To break the curse, the Beast must first learn to love and earn love in return before the final petal falls from a glass-enclosed enchanted rose. Otherwise, he will remain a monster forever! The film also features the voices of some of Hollywood’s most recognizable actors, including Richard White (Gaston), Jerry Orbach (Lumiere), David Ogden Stiers (Cogsworth), and Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts).
Walt Disney first tried to adapt Beauty and the Beast into an animated movie during the 1930s and 1950s but failed. However, after the massive success of The Little Mermaid (1989), Walt Disney Pictures decided to proceed with the fairy tale, initially conceived as a non-musical period drama.
Upon seeing a test reel, Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg scrapped the original idea and ordered that the film be made into a musical similar to “The Little Mermaid.” The film was directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise (first-time directors) and produced by Don Hahn, from a screenplay by Linda Woolverton.
Howard Ashman (lyrics) and Alan Menken (music) wrote the songs for Beauty and the Beast. Ashman, also an executive producer for the movie, died of AIDS-related complications six months before its release, so the film is dedicated to his memory.
Beauty and the Beast premiered at the New York Film Festival on September 29, 1991, as an unfinished film. It had its theatrical release as a complete film at the El Capitan Theater on November 13. Critics widely praised it for its romantic storyline, animation (especially the ballroom scene), characters, and musical numbers. The animated movie grossed $331 million at the box office worldwide on a $25 million budget.
Beauty and the Beast won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, the first animated film to ever win that category. At the 64th Academy Awards, it was the first animated film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In addition, it won an Oscar for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for its title song and received nominations for Best Original Song and Best Sound.
In 1994, for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. In 2014, Time magazine ranked Beauty and the Beast as the best film of the Disney Renaissance and one of the greatest animated films of all time.
Beauty And The Beast Song Lyrics
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