Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

This beautifully imagined retelling of the 18th century fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont is a contemporary classic that became the first animated feature to receive a Best Picture nomination. In this “tale as old as time,” young Belle becomes the prisoner of the cursed, reclusive Beast in order to rescue her father, only to unexpectedly fall in love with her lonely captor. The top-notch vocal cast includes the legendary Angela Lansbury (as the teapot cook Mrs. Potts) performing the Oscar-winning title song. Alan Menken’s score was also an Oscar winner, with additional nominations going to the film’s sound and the songs “Be Our Guest” and “Belle” by Menken and Howard Ashman.

DIRECTED BY: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise. WRITTEN BY: Linda Woolverton. WITH: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach. 1991. 85 min. USA. Color. English. Rated PG. 70mm. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

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