“Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one winter’s night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. And when he dismissed her again, the old woman’s ugliness melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress. The prince tried to apologize, but it was too late, for she had seen that there was no love in his heart. And as punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast and placed a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there. Ashamed of his monstrous form, the beast concealed himself inside his castle, with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his 21st year. If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast?” the narrator related.

This movie is beautiful beyond belief, the animation style, the music and the blend with computer and animation put this movie at the top of my list for animated features.

The music was composed by Alan Menken and the Lyrics to the songs were done by Howard Ashman. These two collaborated with each other on four of the Disney films for its second golden age of animation!

Here of course is the basic plot…An arrogant young prince (Robby Benson) and his castle’s servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast until he learns to love and be loved in return. The spirited, headstrong village girl Belle (Paige O’Hara) enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father Maurice (Rex Everhart). With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts (Angela Lansbury), Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation.

We get to see this as a live action film this next spring when Emma Watson gets to play the lead role as Belle. I think it will be fantastic!

You can get the soundtrack on Amazon.

You can also find it on ITunes.

I know you would like some clips!

Here you go…

Belle

 

Beauty and the Beast

 

Transformation

 

Be Our Guest!

 

Well that’s all for this week, look forward to next week when I bring you Robin Hood: Prince of Theives. Happy Listening!

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