A masterpiece in every sense of the word, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast marked a new age for animated films. Part of Disney’s Golden Age of Animation that included The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Lion King, Beauty and The Beast delivered memorable songs, dimensional characters, and a strong narrative that attracted audiences of all ages.
No longer were cartoonish antics at the forefront; instead audiences were treated to a strong story with adult themes that was truly a moving and emotionally involving experience. It’s no wonder that the film went on to be the first animated film to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
If you haven’t seen it, stop reading this and go and get it now! Everything about the film is pure perfection, and the combination of traditional 2D animation and computer effects is a glorious sight to behold as the world of Beauty and The Beast comes to life before your eyes. Each character is fantastic, each song unforgettable, and each scene builds on the next until the final frame fades to black.
And, of course, let’s not forget the top-notch voice cast that includes Paige O’Hara (Belle), Robby Benson (Beast), Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts), Jerry Orbach (Lumiere), David Ogden Stiers (Cogsworth), and Richard White (Gaston). It’s no wonder that this was one of the top three highest grossing films of 1991!
So, what are the Bonus Extras that accompany this 25th Anniversary Edition?
You get THREE versions of the film: Original Theatrical; the Special Edition (this includes new songs and scenes); and a Sing-Along Version if you want to do some Beauty and The Beast Karaoke.
Menken & Friends: 25 Years of Musical Inspiration
A look at the geniuses who have brought the music and songs of Disney animated films to life.
The Recording Sessions
Watch as the voice actors from the film bring their characters to life.
A look back at the film and its impact with actress Paige O’Hara who does the voice of Belle in the film.
#1074: Walt, Fairy Tales & Beauty and The Beast
A look at Walt Disney’s original plans for Beauty and The Beast and its eventual influence on the 1991 film.
25 Fun Facts About Beauty and The Beast
A fast-paced look at some fun trivia with Disney Channel Stars Gus Kamp (Best Friends Whenever) and Kayla Maisonet (Stuck in the Middle).
And a quick sneak peek at the upcoming live-action version of Beauty and The Beast starring Emma Watson! Just from what I saw, it looks amazing!
I can’t express enough how amazing, wonderful, magical, and superb Disney’s Beauty and The Beast is. It is a timeless classic that will forever be a testament to the power of beautiful animation and great storytelling. I highly, highly, highly recommend it!
Disney’s Beauty and The Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition is available NOW on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.
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