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Based on the beloved fairy tale, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST follows the fantastic adventures of Belle, a beautiful, ambitious French girl who learns to escape the tedium of her provincial life and the advances of her macho, but conceited suitor, Gaston. Belle’s life takes an unexpected turn when she finds herself imprisoned by a brooding Beast, whose mysterious secret holds the key to their future.
Filled with very likable and relatable animated objects such as Lumiere the candlestick, Mrs. Potts and Chip, the teapot and cup, and wrought with inspiring and uplifting music and scenery, this movie is a must-see for families
(CCC, BBB, O, L, V, A) Implied Christian worldview with strong moral elements with Belle taking father’s punishment & Beast laying down his life for his beloved; some possibly-perceived occult elements with enchantment factors of castle being under witch’s spell, etc., but within the context of a moral universe & witchcraft is rebuked; a couple very mild obscenities, one of which is in French (sacre bleu); violence of scary wolves, tavern brawls, & fight between the Beast & Gaston may frighten very young children; kissing & character pursues chambermaid but no sex; no nudity; tavern scenes allude to alcohol use; and, other possible disturbing scenes for the very young might include the kidnapping of Belle’s father by evil insane asylum doctor & the storming of the castle by the townspeople.
To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has been digitally reformatted and expanded for the giant screen. The movie now includes a newly animated six-minute musical sequence that features the song “Human Again,” written for the original film by Academy Award-winning songwriters Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. The new scene features Belle, the Beast and an ensemble of enchanted objects (Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Cogsworth, etc.), which express their hopes and desires to return to their human forms.
According to the Disney studios, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has been meticulously and painstakingly reformatted one frame at a time to take full advantage of the Giant Screen. Dust and dirt were removed, and detail and special effects were added. The original soundtracks were remixed, and special camera heads and film printers worked round the clock to reformat the film for the Giant IMAX Screen.
Based on the beloved fairy tale, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST follows the fantastic adventures of Belle, a beautiful, ambitious French girl who learns to escape the tedium of her provincial life and the advances of her macho, but conceited suitor, Gaston. Belle’s life takes an unexpected turn when she finds herself imprisoned by a brooding Beast, whose mysterious secret in the forbidden West Wing holds the key to their future.
Filled with very likable and relatable animated objects such as Lumiere the candlestick, Mrs. Potts and Chip, the teapot and cup, and Cogsworth, the mantel clock, and wrought with inspiring and uplifting music and scenery, this animated movie is a must-see for all.
Originally released in 1991, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was the first animated feature to cross the $100 million plateau in its initial release. The movie also became the first and only animated feature to ever receive a Best Picture Nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It won an Oscar in 1992 for Best Song and Best Original Score. Needless to say, the musical and animation talent are not lacking in this movie. It is worth the trip to the Giant Screen with the family.
For adults, it is fun to glean from this fairy tale the universal truths that God whispers. As my 10-year-old enjoyed the dramatic, tragic twists of the story, I was thinking about the spiritual parallels to my own life. I noticed how all the enchanted objects rallied to make the best possible environment of hospitality and romance for Belle and the Beast – even though they knew that their probability of success was so slim. (They would never become human if the two didn’t fall in love by the time the enchanted rose lost its last petal). Instead of giving up in despair, they pull together – win or lose – to do their part in making the dream come true.
I thought about the Body of Christ. How often do we give up, just before the finish line, just before God was about to come through with His “Promised Land?” Do we rally together and do our part to see His kingdom advanced – even though circumstances fly cynically in the face of its fulfillment? I thought, too, about the sacrificial love of Belle, and the way she honored her quirky father. I thought about the Beast, who overcame the selfishness of his youth to lay down his life and die to his dreams of regaining humanity. At the end of the movie, the demonic enchantment over the Beast’s castle is transformed into images of cherubs and angels. Thus, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is filled with great, metaphorical elements that imply a strong Christian worldview.
Except for very, very young, easily frightened children, we highly recommend BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – SPECIAL EDITION for all families.