Beauty and the Beast

Everybody has a favorite childhood movie that they watched countless times as a child. Mine was “Beauty and the Beast”. This film was created in 1991 and produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. This film is based on a french fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont. This film is about a selfish prince who is transformed into a hideous beast and a young beautiful woman named Belle. In order for the prince to return to his human form again he must  gain Belle’s love in a certain time frame, or he will remain this hideous beast forever.

This film received many award including a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy. Beauty and the Beast was also the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Original Sound, Best Score and three separate nominations for Best Original Song. This film was also selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Beauty and the Beast was also Disney’s first film to be made into a Broadway musical. This films success also lead to two direct-to-video midquels: Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) and Beauty and the Best: Belle’s Magical World (1998). The television series Sing Me a Story with Belle was also created following this movie.

As you can see, this film was very successful and effected the lives of many young children. The motif of love is present throughout the entire film. Belle falls in love with the prince’s personality and soul even though he is a hideous beast. The prince also learns that looks do not always matter in everything. In the end the Beast and Belle fall in love and the Beast returns to his natural human form. The prince changes completely and turns out to be a better person overall. This film was a great representation of how a person should not be judged by their appearance, but they should be judged on their personality.

This film was also recreated into a modern day film called “Beastly.” This film is about a high schooler who is very wealthy and good looking. He is then cursed by a witch and becomes very ugly. He must find someone to love him, even though he looked so terrifying in a certain amount of time, in order to turn back to the way he looked before. Just like in the original film Beauty and the Beast, the beast in Beastly, finds the love of his life and is returned to the way he was before.

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  1. I was worried until I read your comment, “is film was a great representation of how a person should not be judged by their appearance, but they should be judged on their personality.” So, beauty is not in the eye of the beholder?
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