Disney’s Thirtieth Animated Feature – 1991 (Original Release) 2012 (3-D Release)
As a woman, a feminist, and as the mother of a little girl, I must say I’ve always loved Beauty and the Beast. Belle (the Beauty) is a heroine girls can relate to. She’s lovely and smart, but so intellectually curious she feels she doesn’t fit into her small-town life. She wants to see the greater world and yearns to meet someone who will understand her and love her just as she is.
Lyricist Howard Ashman died following complications from AIDS at the age of 40 in New York City after completing work on Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. And it was his trio of musicals—including The Little Mermaid—that amounted to a second “golden era” of Disney animated features.
But how does this feature fare in 3-D? Does this film need any help finding a new audience? Will Disney harm this film with “improvements”? The 3-D animation is very effective in spots, less so at other moments. It hardly spoils anything, but there are scenes where characters seem like 2-D cutouts in a 3-D world. And a few moments, spaces seem distorted owing to the immense depth that 3-D creates. It didn’t help matters to sit though a string of 3-D previews of new films created specifically to take advantage of 3-D technology.
|1959's Sleeping Beauty (above)|
dvd, the t-shirt, and the lunchbox. This one’s a keeper. You won’t mind when your kids watch it over and over. Few films—for kids or grown-ups—succeed like Beauty and the Beast.