Why I Love Beauty and the Beast
I identify with the heroine Belle, her love of her father, books, and her homesickness. I love the imagery in Beast. Describe him as mane of a lion, beard and head of a buffalo, tusks and nose of a wild boar, brow of a gorilla, legs and tail of a wolf, body of a bear. Wild, simply wild. I love Beauty and Beast’s message: Don’t be deceived by appearances. I love the wit in lines about reading books, Belle deserving Gaston, promises, and monsters. The film this a true classic.
Why? Disney’s use of an animated movie screenwriter for the first time ever produces results. Menken and Ashman’s music makes the story 3.5 years in production happen. The talents of 600 animators, artists, and technicians really show on the screen. Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney’s greatest animated films ever.
Besides being the first animated film nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, Best Picture Academy Award, and two Best Song Academy Awards, its hand-drawn and computer generated imagery and use of CAPS (a digital scanning, ink, paint, and composition system) create an almost 3-D multiplane effect. No wonder the American Film Industry includes it as one of only two animated films in its 100 Years…100 Passions list.
Glad I own my own Diamond Edition.