Beauty and the Beast is regarded by many as perfection and the cream of the crop among the Disney princess films. I can't really disagree with those sentiments either. When I found out they were bringing back Beauty and the Beast to the theatre as well as adding 3D, I was beyond excited! Due to an overly busy fall, I missed out on the re-release of the Lion King. I promised myself that there was NO WAY I would miss the chance to see Beauty and the Beast, a favorite movie from my childhood, on the big screen again. Obviously many others around my age felt the same way as the theatre was packed with people in their twenties. Of course, several youngsters and their families also came to experience the magic of Beauty and the Beast for the first time.
The story of Beauty and the Beast is probably one of the greatest told in the Disney universe. As cheesy as it sounds, it is the perfect example of the saying "it's what's on the inside that counts." It wasn't instant love between Belle and the Beast, it was a love that grew. As the famous score from the movie says: "Barely even friends, then somebody bends unexpectedly." Belle was able to look past the Beast's scary exterior and see his true soul from within, which caused her to fall in love with him. The Beast was able to transform from a selfish jerk and open himself up to true love. It really does sound cheesy, but the lesson taught in this movie is something we could all learn from. To use another cliche "never judge a book by it's cover." I could give you a plot run through, but unless you've been living under a rock for the past twenty years, I am sure you already know the fairytale of Beauty and the Beast. Instead I will just discuss my favorite parts of Beauty and the Beast 3D!
I know I've complained about the overuse of 3D before, but I think it really works in cartoons! The 3D made the movie look gorgeous and crisp. The 3D effects especially in the famous number, "Be Our Guest," looked amazing! I loved seeing the dishes "fly" at me. It's been awhile since I've seen Beauty and the Beast but I know without a doubt the 3D quality was certainly better than that of my old, ORIGINAL VHS copy that is lying around somewhere at my parent's house!
I enjoyed all of the classical musical numbers of the film, particularly the opening number "Belle." The "Gaston" song was great as well. I also loved "Something There." However, my favorite scene and musical number was the same as it was when I saw Beauty and the Beast for the first time at the theatre in 1991. Yes, I am referring to the "Tale As Old As Time" number. As a little girl, I remember seeing how beautiful Belle looked coming down the staircase in the sparkling golden gown. Seeing this scene again on the big screen brought tears to my eyes. It was breathtaking and just as gorgeous as I had remembered.
If you are a Disney fan and love Beauty and the Beast, I recommend you see this film in 3D at the theatre. I am so happy Disney is bringing back the classics. It is wonderful to see a new generation enjoy the films that I grew up with and loved so very much. I always rank Beauty and the Beast as a very close third, with The Little Mermaid as my second favorite and Aladdin as my number one Disney classic! I really hope that I will get another chance to see both The Little Mermaid and Aladdin on the big screen too! Like I always say, nothing beats Disney!