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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise (1991)

91min
U Certificate
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The first feature-length cartoon to be nominated for the best picture Oscar, this is one of the most ambitious films ever produced by Disney. Three and a half years in the making, the movie was one of the first animations to include computer-generated imagery - seen to best advantage during the ballroom and Be Our Guest sequences. With visuals based on such French artists as Fragonard and a storyline inspired by Madame Leprince de Beaumont's famous fairy tale, the film also boasts the vocal talents of Angela Lansbury (who sings the Oscar-winning title song) as Mrs Potts, Paige O'Hara as Beauty and Robby Benson as Beast. It's cartoon Cocteau, but just look at the children's faces as they watch it. Re-released in 3D in 2012.

Summary

A bookish woman agrees to take her father's place as prisoner of a fearsome monster living in a castle deep in the forest. She gradually grows to see a gentler, more human side to her hideous host, and comes to realise she may be able to break the curse that turned him into a beast in the first place. Disney animated fantasy, with the voices of Paige O'Hara and Robby Benson.

Cast & Crew

Belle Paige O'Hara
Beast Robby Benson
Maurice Rex Everhart
Gaston Richard White
Le Fou Jesse Corti
Mrs Potts Angela Lansbury
Lumiere Jerry Orbach
Cogsworth / Narrator David Ogden Stiers
Chip Bradley Pierce
Wardrobe Jo Anne Worley
Director Gary Trousdale
Director Kirk Wise
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 4 May 2012

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