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  • Actors: Jeff Bennett, Robby Benson, Paige O'Hara, Jim Cummings, Jerry Orbach
  • Directors: Barbara Dourmashkin, Bob Kline, Burt Medall, Cullen Blaine, Dale Case
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun. 2003
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009KOXQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,605 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Double bill of Disney animated adventures. In 'Beauty and the Beast' (1991), when a prince is turned into a hideous beast (voice of Robby Benson) by a magical spell, he finds that the only way out of his predicament is to win the love of the beautiful Belle (Paige O'Hara). Belle agrees to come and stay at his home in exchange for the freedom of her father, whom the Beast had previously captured. At first she is repulsed by his hideous features, but as time passes she learns to recognise his true inner beauty. 'Belle's Magical World' (1998), a sequel set prior to the ending of the original film, is divided into four chapters following Belle, Beast, Lumiere (Jerry Orbach), Cogsworth (David Ogden Stiers) and the castle's other enchanted beings as they all try to get along with each other. The chapters are: 'The Perfect Word', 'Fifi's Folly', 'Mrs. Potts' Party' and 'The Broken Wing'.

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Belle's Magical World is a straight-to-video animated story set in the Beast's castle, which, as viewers know from the original Beauty and the Beast film, is under a spell until the Beast can learn to love. Starting with this familiar premise, it plummets into three disjointed episodes surrounding Belle's life as a captive in the castle. In "The Perfect World" a misunderstanding of words erupts between Belle and the Beast, made worse by a feigned apology. Fifi and Lumiere take the spotlight in "Fifi's Folly" when a romantic evening together becomes a chilling adventure inside a runaway sleigh. In "The Broken Wing" Belle entreats the Beast to act kindly toward a tiny songbird. Each tale offers a diluted moral message, yet the entire effort feels contrived and confusing. --Lynn Gibson

The film that officially signalled Disney's animation renaissance and the only animated feature to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination, Beauty and the Beast remains the yardstick by which all other animated films should be measured. It relates the story of Belle, a bookworm with a dotty inventor for a father; when he inadvertently offends the Beast (a prince whose heart is too hard to love anyone besides himself) Belle boldly takes her father's place, imprisoned in the Beast's gloomy mansion. Naturally, Belle teaches the Beast to love. What makes this such a dazzler, besides the amazingly accomplished animation and the winning coterie of supporting characters (the Beast's mansion is overrun by quipping, dancing household items) is the array of beautiful and hilarious songs by composer Alan Menken and the late, lamented lyricist Howard Ashman, (winning the 1991 Oscar for Best Song and Menken's score won a trophy as well). The downright funniest song is "Gaston" a lout's paean to himself (including the immortal line: "I use antlers in all of my de-co-ra-ting"). "Be Our Guest" is transformed into an inspired Busby Berkeley homage. Since Ashman's passing, animated musicals haven't quite reached the same exhilarating level of wit, sophistication and pure joy. --David Kronke

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By mingreig@sensewave.com on 18 Aug. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This latest offering in the Beauty and the Beast range was disappointing to say the least. The first thing that strikes you is the animation. It's not on the same par as Beauty and the Beast or Enchanted Christmas. The castle and its interior have taken on a comic book type appearance as opposed to the impressive almost 3d quality it had before. You then start getting to grips with the strange colour of some of the characters. Lumiere is grey as is Mrs. Potts. Belle's dress is pale and washed out and she isn't nearly as pretty in this video as she was in Beauty and the Beast or Enchanted Christmas. The Beast is no longer as fear some. He seems comical more than anything. The music is odd and the incidental music makes it sounds like it was borrowed from an episode of some 70's comedy. My children didn't like this film as much as Enchanted Christmas or Beauty and the Beast, in fact it is only my three year old who's attention it holds for longer than the first story. For my part, as an unashamed adult fan of Disney animated films, I find this one really annoying to watch. Its almost as if Disney had an idea and then farmed it out to other people to animate it and produce the music. It is very disappointing. If you were expecting something of the same quality as the other two films I wouldn't buy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Swetha on 4 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is an amazing continuation to the first part. With all the magic and enchanted castle fun, this is sure to keep your little ones glued!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SCF_Graphics on 20 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
It has Belle, so my daughter loves it. Not as good as Beauty and the Beast, at least from my point of view, but if your daughter loves the Disney Princess gang you can't go wrong.
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By Sharon on 13 Jan. 2014
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Exactly as expected. Good story. Will order again. Very pleased (nothing else to add but have to use more words!)
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One very happy girl when beauty and the beast belles magical world came through the door, very good condition. Very impressed.
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