"A Pleasant Surprise"
This DVD was not what I expected, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. My Disney princess fan is a preschooler, but she still enjoyed it. I think children who are learning to read or can read already would appreciate it more. It has 7 sections available in 5 languages, such as English, French, and Spanish. The sections are:
THE STORY - an abridged version of the animated movie that still provides lots of story detail. Still pictures flash by at a good clip while the words to the story are shown on the bottom of the screen.
THE SONGS - includes the famous song "Be Our Guest" with lyrics shown below still pictures so you can sing along.
MUSIC VIDEOS - has an upbeat version of theme song "Beauty and the Beast" sung by an energetic teen group called Jump 5 accompanied by animated objects from the castle. Also includes the ballad "As Long As There's Christmas" sung by Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson.
VOCABULARY - learn to read the name of your favorite movie character. Shows pictures with the printed word below.
THE MAGIC WORLD OF DISNEY - trailers for Disney movies
SEARCH THE WEB
GAMES - only 1 game actually available. Play a memory game called "Hide and Seek" in a room in the castle. The Beast's Magic Mirror first shows a character from the movie. Then you guess in which of the seven places (indicated by Mickey Mouse ears) that character is hiding. Both my girls liked playing this game.