When a French prince is cursed to become a monster, he has to earn the love of a girl, to turn back to his human form.
Beauty and the Beast, released in 1991, is a Disney movie directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise. The movie tells the well-known tale of a French Prince who, once lived a life of luxury, and is cursed. He turns into something hideous! And the rest of his friends in the castle meet a similar fate.
The movie’s lead character Belle (Paige O’Hara) who, after her father Maurice goes missing, ventures into the forest in search of him. She finds him in a castle; a prisoner of the beast (Robby Benson). Belle gathers her courage, negotiates with the Beast, and makes the well-known trade-off. She slowly unravels the secrets of the castle and its history. And a bond grows slowly and subtly between Belle and the Beast.
The villain Gaston (Richard White) a big, strong hunter is intent on marrying Belle. His attempts to kill the Beast, Belle’s attempts to save him, and the Beast’s final salvation as a result of Belle’s unfailing love for him make up the rest of this charming and well-told story.
Outstanding script, direction, music, animation and editing make this movie a classic in its genre.
The movie was dedicated to Howard Ashman; the lyricist and executive producer, who unfortunately died six months before the movie’s release.
Beauty and the Beast is a movie so compelling, there have been sequels and remakes. One such sequel titled ‘Beauty and the Beast - The Enchanted Christmas’ features, as the villain, a gigantic evil Pipe Organ, who was once the organist at the castle. In 2017 there was a remake of the original movie in live-action; featuring a star cast including Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans.
The 1991 movie won many awards, including one for the riveting title song.
Of course, the central character in this movie, is the beast. Early proposed designs had characteristics of fishes and birds. The outcome, though, was perfect; a beast combining the features of a wolf, a bear, a bison, a lion, a boar, a deer, and a gorilla. Robby Benson lent a great voice to the Beast; deep and powerful when angry and gentle and calm when melancholic.
Outstanding script, direction, music, animation and editing make this movie a classic in its genre. This movie is a must watch for every family; a beautiful and magical adventure which to this day warms the heart!