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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'.
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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on 18 August 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.
on 21 May 2004
This is the greatest disney film of all time. It is full of passion, love and a heartwarming tale as old as time. This classic is enchanted with all the magic of disney's great artistry and a superb cast. Plus the story of Belle and all her magical adventures in the castle of the beast.
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i bought this dvd for my little girl,but she doesn't like it much as i think.not very interesting as the first one.but is ok
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