Beauty and the Beast: A Timeless Classic

Beauty and the Beast is your classic fairy tale that ensures the belief that love is a splendid thing. The production of the film took three and a half years and used the talents of 600 animators, artists, and technicians. In order to capture a more European feel, art directors drew their inspiration from their travels in France, specifically the Loire valley. They also studied a few French romance painters such as Fragonard and Boucher. With its release in 1991, this timeless love story touched the hearts of children and hopeless romantics alike.

·        Disney Beauty and the Beast

·        How Beauty and the Beast Was Made

·          Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont

·          Lynette Abel

·          Origins of the Story

Animated Feature

Beauty and the Beast consist of two main characters, Belle and the Beast. Belle is dissatisfied with her life in a small French town and is constantly trying to fight off the affections she’s receiving from her suitor, the vain Gaston. Belle’s father, Maurice, becomes lost in the woods and comes upon a castle. The servants inside try to make him feel welcome, instead, he is thrown in the dungeon by the Beast, because he felt Maurice was trespassing. Upon hearing of this, Belle goes to the castle to rescue her father and agrees to stay as his substitute. 

Before the Beast emerged, he was once known as Prince Adam. The Enchantress concluded Prince Adam had a heart of stone and therefore carried no love for others. Because of this, she put a curse on him, and the Beast was the horrible result. In order for the spell to be broken, he had to learn how to love another and somehow earn her love. This event had to take place before the last petal from his enchanted rose fell, which would only bloom until his twenty-first birthday. Once the Beast hears Belle’s plea to take the place of her father in the castle, he gladly accepts with the condition that Belle reside in the castle for all eternity.

Belle seemed a likely candidate to help the Beast break the horrible spell, but Belle couldn’t see past his current state and viewed him more as a monster. Belle began to miss her father tremendously, so the Beast allows her to leave despite his feeling of sadness. Gaston, upon realizing the Beast has now become competition in the battle for Belle’s affection, decides to storm the castle with the help of the townspeople. Belle comes to her senses and rushes to the castle just in time to profess her undying love for the Beast. As one would hope, the spell is broken, proving that love does conquer all.  

·        Full Cast and Crew

·        Movie reviews

·         Beauty and the Beast Film Notes

·         Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

On November 19, 2008, Mark Zoradi, President of The Walt Disney Studios announced their production for re-rendering this classic in preparation for its big screen 3-D release in 2010. When the big day arrives, Beauty and the Beast enthusiasts, young and old, are sure to be ecstatic as they sit in their seats waiting for the movie to begin.

·         Beauty and the Beast 3-D production  

Broadway Musical

From the big screen to the big stage, Beauty and the Beast Broadway musical made its debut on April 18, 1994 and ran until July 29, 2007. In 1994, the musical won two awards, Tony Award for Best Costume Design and Theatre World Award for actor Burke Moses. This Broadway musical has also appeared in many international countries such as Brazil and Spain. 

·         Broadway Musical

·         International Appearances

·         Musical Soundtrack

·         Fun Facts

·         Musical Reviews

·        Providence Performing Arts Center

The TV Series 

Ron Koslow created the Beauty and the Beast television series which first aired on CBS in 1987. The series profiled the romance between Catherine, played by Linda Hamilton and Vincent, played by Ron Perlman. Catherine, an assistant District Attorney in New York, becomes the object of Vincent’s affection, a mythical, noble-man beast who is a part of a secret Utopian community of social outcasts living in a subterranean sanctuary. 

The story begins with Catherine being abducted, beaten, and left to die in Central Park. She is then rescued by Vincent and taken to his father who lives among a hidden community in the tunnels of New York, also known as Tunnel World. Ten days later, she is brought back to the surface with the promise of keeping Vincent’s secret. Thus, begins the story of Vincent, the guardian and his beloved Catherine. 

·      Classic Television Series

·      Beauty and the Beast television series

·      Television Soundtrack

Beauty and the Beast, whether it viewed on the big screen or on the Broadway stage continue to capture the attention of Disney lovers. Whether you’re single, dating someone you are truly connected with, one could never forget the lesson this feature has taught its audience, that one must let down their guard, show their true colors, and let others love you for who you really are, and not who you are pretending to be. 

·     Kathleen Curran Sweeney

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