I love being one of Disney’s Blu Ray ambassadors, every couple of months they send me an utter gem of a Bluray. This month it’s one of my all time favourites ‘Beauty and the Beast’. If I remember rightly I saw this at the cinema with my good friend Sarah from Ginger and all Things Nice when we were in our late teens back in 1991. I have very fond memories of singing the songs very loudly with her in her car!
But I’d not seen it since – how has that been 20 odd years? So I did wonder if my memories would match the film? ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is from what I think of as being the ‘Broadway’ era of Disney movies – Aladdin and The Lion King being from the same period. Every song and there are lots of them taking the story along; is a massive production which seems a bit odd now in the shadow of Pixar movies which have little in the way of musical numbers and are more character driven.
But it’s held up well, the animation is still looking beautiful and looks more hand drawn (even though it’s not) traditional Disney than the current crop. The characters Belle in particular is still the intelligent, educated heroine I remembered her to be – phew! All the enchanted household are still lots of fun and The Beast is still far more handsome as the Beast than when he changes back into a prince at the end!
It’s been a lovely afternoon snuggling up and re-watching this, we enjoyed it as much now as I did back in 1991. Thanks Disney you brightened a very grey winter afternoon.