By Angela McLean
‘Beauty is found within’ is the message to be found in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest theatrical release – a special 3D edition of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
The classic story remains the same. Through an unfortunate series of events, the beauty meets the beast and is promptly taken prisoner. The once handsome prince has been cursed because he was greedy and selfish. Now, if he wants to return to his normal self he must find and share love. Slowly, the beast opens his heart to Belle and finds the ability to love. But, will beautiful Belle love the beast in return?
Despite her situation, Belle makes friends with many of the castle’s staff including Lumiere (the candle), Cogsworth (the clock), and Mrs. Potts (the teapot). They help and support her and ‘sing’ their way into her heart. One very cute moment in the movie features Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Mrs. Potts welcoming Belle to the castle with a song and dance, ‘Be Our Guest.’
It’s been 21 years since BEAUTY AND THE BEAST first graced the big screen. It was the first animated movie to win Best Picture – Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes, the first animated movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and it has become a story that all ages adore. So, what better way to bring BEAUTY AND THE BEAST back than by giving it the 3D treatment! From beginning to end, the characters, the castle, and even the little details like the pictures on the wall and the books on the shelf ‘pop’ from the screen and come to life – you feel like you’re part of the action.
The music, produced by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, is amazing. One of my favourites is the final song, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, which is sung by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson! This song has won many awards including an Academy Award and two Grammys.
As an added treat, before the movie, the new short ‘Tangled Ever After’ tells the story of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider’s wedding. Rapunzel’s friends Pascal (the cute chameleon) and Maximus (the handsome horse) have lost the gold wedding bands and must rush to find them before anybody notices! Will they make it back to the church in time or will the wedding be a disaster?
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D is in theatres now for a special limited engagement! A whole new generation of kids are about to experience the true beauty of the beast.