Beauty and the Beast

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Beauty and the Beast
Whether or not you give a mouse dropping about 3D (and Disney has done a smashing job on the refit), what a treat it is to see ‘Beauty and the Beast’ again. It was among the studio’s crop of early 1990s hits, but in look and feel harks back to the Disney glory days, delivering a rush of sunnily confident, cockle-warming innocence. ‘Be nice and nice things will happen’ is the message, as plucky heroine Belle dodges salivating wolves to rescue her dad from the Beast’s castle. It’s witty and charming, with glorious Busby Berkeley-style numbers. And for sheer inventiveness you can’t beat the talking objects in the castle: Mrs Pots, the cockney teapot and her chinaware brood; a stagecoach that scuttles like a spider; the footstool dog waggling his tassels. Magic.

Release details

Rated: U
Release date: Thursday May 3 2012
Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Screenwriter: Linda Woolverton
Cast: David Ogden Stiers
Jerry Orbach
Angela Lansbury
Paige O'Hara
Richard White
Robby Benson
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Tara P
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Beauty and the Beast is deserving of its many accolades (did you know it was the first animated film ever to be nominated for a best picture Oscar - and that was back when there were just 5 nominees!) It's a beautiful rendition of Marie Le Prince De Beaumont's tale of a beautiful and virtuous daughter who offers herself as prisoner to a Beast in the place of her elderly father. It's a classic tale of hatred turned to love, and the power of affection to overcome physical imperfections. The songs are beautiful, and the cast of characters among the best of any film - Angela Lansbury as Mrs Potts the teapot is a stroke of genius. A film with the power to send chills down your spine from its very beginning...

Luisa G
Tastemaker

The est Disney film every made, bar none. How can you not fall in love with a film where there's a talking clock and candlestick?

John

One of the best Disney movies ever made. What's not to like about it?

John

One of the best Disney movies ever made. What's not to like about it?

JayneM

Visually stunning, it was brilliant - definatley one film worth watching in 3D, a great family movie

JayneM

Visually stunning, it was brilliant - definatley one film worth watching in 3D, a great family movie

scrumpyjack

Enjoyed as NEVER before due to AMAZING 3D. Pushes it, for the first time to a 5 star, just the third I've given (Bad Lieutenant, Drive) in two years posting.

scrumpyjack

Enjoyed as NEVER before due to AMAZING 3D. Pushes it, for the first time to a 5 star, just the third I've given (Bad Lieutenant, Drive) in two years posting.

Ian

Oh what a joy! From when Disney really knew how to make brilliant cartoons. Every bit as good as the review says. The must see family film of the year thus far,