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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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A prince cursed to spend his days as a hideous monster sets out to regain his humanity by earning a young woman's love.

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Linda Woolverton (animation screenplay by), Brenda Chapman (story by) | 9 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robby Benson ... Beast (voice)
Jesse Corti ... Lefou (voice)
Rex Everhart ... Maurice (voice)
Angela Lansbury ... Mrs. Potts (voice)
Paige O'Hara ... Belle (voice)
Jerry Orbach ... Lumiere (voice)
Bradley Pierce ... Chip (voice) (as Bradley Michael Pierce)
David Ogden Stiers ... Cogsworth / Narrator (voice)
Richard White ... Gaston (voice)
Jo Anne Worley ... Wardrobe (voice)
Mary Kay Bergman ... Bimbette (voice)
Brian Cummings ... Stove (voice)
Alvin Epstein Alvin Epstein ... Bookseller (voice)
Tony Jay ... Monsieur D'Arque (voice)
Alec Murphy Alec Murphy ... Baker (voice)
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Storyline

Having lived a life in selfishness, a young prince is cursed by a mysterious enchantress to having the appearance of a monstrous beast. His only hope is to learn to love a young woman and earn her love in return in order to redeem himself. Years later, his chance shows itself when a young maiden named Belle offers to take her ill father's place as his prisoner. With help from the castle's enchanted staff, Belle learns to appreciate her captor and immediately falls in love with him. Back in the village however, an unscrupulous hunter has his own plans for Belle. Written by Blazer346

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Taglines:

The most beautiful love story ever told as it has never been seen before. [IMAX version] See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beauty and the Beast 3-D See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,073,437, 11 January 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$218,967,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$424,967,620
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (original release)| Dolby Digital (special edition)| DTS (special edition)| SDDS (special edition)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Trivia

Several animals were studied and observed during the process of animating the Beast, such as wildebeests, bears, lions, and wolves. See more »

Goofs

Before Gaston attempts to propose to Belle, he kicks off his boots. But while he is walking around the house, distinct footsteps and jingles are heard, implying he has boots on. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: 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 ...
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Crazy Credits

"To our friend, Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful. Howard Ashman (1950-1991)" See more »

Alternate Versions

On the soundtrack and possibly preview/test screenings, there is a scene during the "Gaston" song in which Lefou tries to spell Gaston's name and then gives up. This scene is not in the video version. Only some copies of the soundtrack have the full length music of "West Wing", which is the energetic instrumental music heard when the Beast saves Belle from the wolves. What versions (CD or cassette, retail or music club) have which, and why it was trimmed, is a tough question, but the long version is 4:22 and the short one is 3:39. (The short version is cut right where Belle is running out of the castle before the attack.) The CD box set "The Music Behind The Magic", which features The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin music, is also completely void of the full track, containing only a 2:19-long version. See more »


Soundtracks

Gaston
(uncredited)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Performed by Richard White, Jesse Corti, and Chorus
Produced by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken
Arranged by Alan Menken and Danny Troob
Orchestrated by Danny Troob
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One of my all-time favourite movies.
2 January 2003 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

The only animated movie to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination, and it deserved it.

Magic from the opening prologue to the final credit, "Beauty and the Beast" is the last real classic to come from the Disney crew before John Lasseter came along. This was one of the few movies I happily paid to see twice in the cinema, and sitting in a sparsely-populated Friday night audience (I was living in Barbados at the time, and it was hardly the most artistic place on Earth... it was a crying shame that there was hardly anyone there while "Home Alone 2" went through the roof) the second time, the magic remained.

You all know the story, so apart from pointing out the movie's one flaw (the prince's spell had to be broken before he turned 21 or he would remain a beast forever; so if it was cast ten years before the events of the movie, wouldn't that mean he was 11 when the spell was cast...?), let's look at how well the movie works. You have a monster who's more human than the movie's medallion-man villain; you have a heroine who's PC but engaging with it; you have a supporting cast of magic utensils who wisely never upstage the couple at the centre of this love story (and despite the Disney animated trappings, it IS a love story); and you have a captivating story, beautifully told.

The movie's also got wonderful design of its French setting and characters, with the ballroom scene a standout (the tiny but appreciative audience were impressed by the sight of the Beast and Belle in their evening wear - the only time I've ever seen cartoon characters get wolf-whistled in a cinema); and Alan Menken's score is his finest work for the Mouse, with matchless lyrics from the late and much lamented Howard Ashman - how many musicals can you name where ALL the songs are brilliant? But ultimately it's the movie's very real heart that makes it a keeper; the cliche "You'll laugh, you'll cry" is all too true in this case. A lot of movies called 'classic' don't deserve that appellation, but this one does.

I'll be slaughtered by anime fans, but what the hell... one "Beauty and the Beast" is worth a thousand "Akira"s. And "Shrek"s. And, I'm willing to bet, "Treasure Planet"s. This is a truly adult animated feature that's also one for the entire family. Forget "The Silence of the Lambs" - this is the real best picture of 1991.


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