Beauty and the Beast (1991 movie)

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Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th Disney animated feature film and the third released during the Disney Renaissance period, it is based on the French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (who was uncredited in the English version but credited in the French version), and ideas from the 1946 French film of the same name directed by Jean Cocteau.

Beauty and the Beast focuses on the relationship between the Beast (voice of Robby Benson), a prince who is magically transformed into a monster and his servants into household objects as punishment for his arrogance, and Belle (voice of Paige O’Hara), a young woman whom he imprisons in his castle to become a prince again.

To break the curse, Beast must learn to love Belle and earn her love in return before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose or else the Beast will remain a monster forever. The film also features the voices of Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, and Angela Lansbury.

  • Starring : Paige O’Hara / Robby Benson
  • Genre : Animation / Family / Fantasy / Musical / Romance
  • Country : United States
  • Language : English / French
  • Director : Gary Trousdale / Kirk Wise
  • Production : Walt Disney Pictures / Silver Screen Partners IV / Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Distributor : Buena Vista Pictures / Buena Vista Pictures Distribution / Elliniki Kinimatografiki Enosi (ELKE) / Warner Bros. / Buena Vista International / Intercontinental Film Distributors (HK) / Roadshow Film Distributors / Buena Vista Home Video / Image Entertainment / Abril Vídeo / Gativideo / Walt Disney Home Video / Disney Channel / Intercontinental Video / IMAX / Sandrew Metronome Distribution / Warner Sogefilms S.A. / American Broadcasting Company (ABC) / Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment / ABC Family / Moviemax Family / Feelgood Entertainment / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Westec Media Limited / Walt Disney Company Nordic / Channel 5 Television / Disney Cinemagic / Disney+ / Netflix

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Beauty and the Beast release date

  • September 29, 1991 : USA (New York Film Festival)
  • November 10, 1991 : USA (Hollywood, California) (premiere)
  • November 13, 1991 : USA (New York City, New York)
  • November 15, 1991 : USA (Los Angeles, California)
  • November 22, 1991 : Canada
  • November 22, 1991 : USA
  • December 20, 1991 : Philippines
  • May 13, 1992 : France (Cannes Film Festival)
  • June 11, 1992 : Australia
  • September 23, 1992 : Japan
  • October 9, 1992 : UK
  • October 16, 1992 : Ireland
  • October 21, 1992 : France
  • November 20, 1992 : Sweden
  • November 26, 1992 : Germany
  • November 27, 1992 : Spain
  • January 1, 2002 : Australia (IMAX version)
  • January 1, 2002 : Spain (IMAX version)
  • January 1, 2002 : France (IMAX version)
  • January 1, 2002 : Japan (IMAX version)
  • January 1, 2002 : USA (IMAX version)
  • January 4, 2002 : UK (IMAX version)
  • July 25, 2002 : Israel (IMAX version)
  • October 11, 2002 : Sweden (special edition)
  • September 2, 2010 : Australia (3-D version)
  • September 24, 2010 : India (3-D version)
  • October 9, 2010 : Japan (3-D version)
  • November 19, 2010 : Spain (3-D version)
  • January 13, 2012 : Canada (3-D version)
  • January 13, 2012 : USA (3-D version)
  • February 22, 2012 : Philippines (3-D version)
  • March 22, 2012 : Singapore (3D re-release)
  • May 4, 2012 : UK (3-D version)
  • May 4, 2012 : Ireland (3-D version)
  • May 16, 2012 : France (3-D version)

Beauty and the Beast cast

  • Robby Benson as Beast(voice)
  • Jesse Corti as Lefou(voice)
  • Rex Everhart as Maurice(voice)
  • Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts(voice)
  • Paige O’Hara as Belle(voice)
  • Jerry Orbach as Lumiere(voice)
  • Bradley Pierce as Chip(voice)(as Bradley Michael Pierce)
  • David Ogden Stiers as Cogsworth / Narrator(voice)
  • Richard White as Gaston(voice)
  • Jo Anne Worley as Wardrobe(voice)
  • Mary Kay Bergman as Bimbette(voice)
  • Brian Cummings as Stove(voice)
  • Alvin Epstein as Bookseller(voice)
  • Tony Jay as Monsieur D’Arque(voice)
  • Alec Murphy as Baker(voice)

Walt Disney first attempted unsuccessfully to adapt Beauty and the Beast into an animated film during the 1930s and 1950s. Following the success of The Little Mermaid (1989), Walt Disney Pictures decided to adapt the fairy tale, which Richard Purdum originally conceived as a non-musical. Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg eventually dismissed Purdum’s idea and ordered that the film be a musical similar to The Little Mermaid instead. The film was directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, with a screenplay by Linda Woolverton story first credited to Roger Allers. Lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken wrote the film’s songs. Ashman, who additionally served as the film’s executive producer, died of AIDS-related complications six months before the film’s release, and the film is thus dedicated to his memory.

Beauty and the Beast premiered as an unfinished film at the New York Film Festival on September 29, 1991, followed by its theatrical release as a completed film at the El Capitan Theatre on November 13. The film grossed $425 million at the box office worldwide on a $25 million budget. Beauty and the Beast won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, the first animated film to ever win that category. It also became the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 64th Academy Awards, where it won the Academy Award for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for its title song and received additional nominations for Best Original Song and Best Sound. In April 1994, Beauty and the Beast became Disney’s first animated film to be adapted into a Broadway musical. The success of the film spawned two direct-to-video follow-ups: Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) and Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World (1998), both of which take place in the timeline of the original. This was followed by a spin-off television series, Sing Me a Story with Belle.

An IMAX version of the film was released in 2002, and included “Human Again”, a new five-minute musical sequence that was previously included in the 1994 musical. That same year, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. After the success of the 3D re-release of The Lion King, the film was reissued in 3D in 2012. A live-action adaptation of the film directed by Bill Condon was released on March 17, 2017.

An enchantress disguised as a beggar arrives at a French castle and offers a cruel and selfish prince a rose in return for shelter. When he refuses, she reveals her identity. To punish the prince for his lack of compassion, the enchantress metamorphoses him into a beast and his servants into household objects. She casts a spell on the rose and warns the prince that the spell will only be broken if he learns to love another and earn her love in return before the last petal falls in his 21st year, or else he will remain a beast forever.

Ten years later, in a nearby village, a beautiful, book-loving woman named Belle dreams of adventure and brushes off advances from Gaston, a handsome, narcissistic, conceited hunter, and his bumbling sidekick Lefou. On his way to a fair and lost in the forest, Belle’s father Maurice seeks refuge in the Beast’s castle, but the Beast imprisons him for trespassing. When Maurice’s horse returns without him, Belle ventures out in search for him, and finds him locked in the castle dungeon. The Beast agrees to let her take Maurice’s place.

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