Beauty and the Beast (1991)

by missizziemcguinness


‘Tale and old as time, song as old as rhyme, beauty and the beast’

Beauty and The Beast is an animated film about a girl called Belle (Paige O’Hara) who lives in a small French town and refuses to marry the arrogant Gaston (Richard White) but meets the Beast, who was originally a spoilt prince who has to learn from his wrong ways by becoming a Beast.

My sisters and I have been watching this film ever since we were both very young and aside from Sleeping Beauty, this is my favorite Disney film. I remember singing the theme song of this movie for my Year 7 music practical exam and to this day, I still really want those really cool teacups that they have in the film, and maybe that massive library.

Beauty and The Beast reverses what is expected. In most modern (made within the 21st century) Disney films, the female protagonist runs off with the hot guy and it is all a bit unoriginal. However, Belle has the obvious option to turn away from Gaston and does that anyway, and in doing so, she stands up for the Beast when they want to destroy him although he thought that she had gone.

As for the animation itself; it is beautifully detailed, everything from the scenery to Belle’s outfits to every bit of hair on the Beast and the candles and the windows etc. The only thing that I would critizize about this film is that the Beast looked better as the massive angry monster rather than the long haired prince guy who could do no wrong.

Excellent music composition and the theme song was my favorite song at one point, detailed animation, love able and often flawed characters.

Also stars Angela Lansbury.