Beauty and the Beast
Featuring a poignant love story, show-stopping musical numbers, and just the right mix of drama and humor, this animated classic has all of the ingredients of a smash-hit Broadway musical, with a bit of Disney magic thrown in for good measure. Based on a French fairy tale, the movie opens with the story of a hard-hearted prince who is turned into a horrible beast. He and the inhabitants of his castle will remain under the spell until he can find someone to love him. When the Beast captures Belle's father, the young woman offers to take his place as a prisoner. She is made welcome by the Beast's unusual household staff, including Lumiere (a candelabra with a melodramatic flair), the motherly Mrs. Potts (a good-hearted teapot), and young Chip (a curious teacup). As different as night and day, Belle and the Beast must somehow manage to see past outward appearances and look into each other's hearts. Winner of a 1992 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical), this movie boasts an award-winning score by Alan Menken and several unforgettable songs. The cast, which includes the vocal talents of Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jerry Orbach, and Angela Lansbury, brings each one of the unique characters to life. Belle is an independent girl who prefers a good book to the attention of the village heartthrob, while the Beast is appropriately dark and brooding. Visually, the scenes sparkle with an amazing amount of detail and a fairy tale sense of grandeur. Children will ask for this modern classic again and again.