Academy Awards 1991 -
Best Original Score: Alan Menken
Academy Awards 1991 -
Best Original Song: Alan Menken & Howard Ashman
New York Times - 11/13/1991
"...Fresh and altogether triumphant....[A] mixture of elaborate, painstaking technique and perfect simplicity..."
Film Comment - 11/01/1991
"...Clever....Great funny songs..."
Los Angeles Times - 11/15/1991
"...Wised-up as well as traditional, with a striking and detailed look and a strong storyline, it is sure to charm a wide audience both now and for a long time to come..."
Total Film - 07/01/2012 5 stars out of 5 -- "Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise's retelling of the French fairytale reaches a level of artistry, sophistication and musical excellence that's still to be bettered by the Mouse House -- or indeed its rivals."
The timeless tale of Belle, the beautiful and intelligent girl kept prisoner in the castle of a mysterious beast who must somehow win her love if he is to regain his princely form. Features the voices of Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury and David Ogden Stiers. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture, Best Song ("Be Our Guest"), Best Song ("Belle"). Academy Awards: Best Song ("Beauty and the Beast").
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a contemporary retelling of the classic French fairy tale.
Once upon a time, there was a handsome but heartless prince, whose selfishness caused an enchantress to turn him into a hideous beast. He had only one hope for freedom: winning a woman's love despite his ugliness. The years passed; the Beast remained alone. Then one day, Maurice, a poor inventor, accidentally stumbled upon the Beast's lair. The angry Beast instantly swore to kill him -- until he saw Belle, Maurice's lovely daughter, who had come to to the palace to fight for her father's life. The Beast promised not to harm Maurice on one condition: Belle must stay with him. And so began Belle's lesson in the true meaning of beauty... a lesson that would bring her love and happiness ever after.
Disney Film |
Family (General) |
Love Story |
Theatrical release: Nov. 22, 1991.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is the 30th full-length animated feature from Walt Disney Pictures.
The CAV laserdisc is letterboxed, and also includes a short documentary, "The Making of Beauty and the Beast." Both laserdisc formats are available only for a limited time.
Lyricist and Executive Producer Howard Ashman died of AIDS in March 1991, before the film opened. "Beauty and the Beast" is dedicated to him.