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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

#228 - 'Beauty and the Beast' (1991)

"I want adventure in the great wide somewhere. I want it more than I can tell. And for once it might be grand to have someone understand I want so much more than they've got planned…" - Belle.
In this tale as old as time, a Prince is enchanted with a curse that cannot be broken until he learns to love and be loved, lest he live the rest of his days as a Beast. He spends his days cooped up in his scary castle, away from civilization. Belle, a young woman who loves books, lives in the village nearby. Whilst spurning the advances of the pompous Gaston, whose only interest is to marry Belle, she has to go looking for her inventor father who has gone missing. Her quest leads her to the mysterious castle where she meets the Beast. Will Belle be able to save her father, and ultimately, the Beast?
Belle, mid-song.
Okay, so, confession time. I hadn't seen this film before the other night. In fact, I have seen very few Disney films. So this is the beginning of my 'Disney-ducation', with guidance from my friend Rachel who has helped a lot with this challenge so far. The film was great and thoroughly enjoyable. I think my two favourite characters were Cogsworth and Lumiere for their comedic back and forths and general screen presence. Mrs. Potts and Chip were also lovely.
Lumiere and Cogsworth.
The songs were fun, save for a few strange lyrics that were forced to make it rhyme, particularly in Gaston's song. 'Be Our Guest' made me smile for two reasons - One; It was very good and Two; see my vest. This was the first Disney film to combine both 2D animation and CGI in the iconic ballroom dance scene (again, thanks to Rach for that fact). It was quite noticeable and I'm undecided on whether it worked or not. It looked a little out of place compared to the rest of the animation but it sort of worked with the way the scene was presented. If that makes sense. (Not sure it does).
Part of the CGI section of Belle and the Beast's dance.
(Possible spoiler if you had a deprived childhood like me and haven't seen the film - then again the name of the film and the film poster are quite spoilerific anyway).
'Beauty and the Beast' was the shortest film on the list so far but one of the more enjoyable. I know I'm rubbish and I should have seen it way before now but if it wasn't for this challenge I still wouldn't have!

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