Genre: Animation, family, fairy tale, romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 24 Minutes
Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Cast: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury, Rex Everhart
Synopsis: “Disney has announced that they will be rereleasing Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and The Little Mermaid in 3D in movie theatres nationwide. Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead and discovers her captor to be an enchanted prince” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures).
Verdict: A brilliant idea to release it here in Malaysia on Valentine’s Day. One of the most remembered Disney classics of all time re-released in cinema after more than 20 years. Personally, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast will always be known to me as the better version of the fairy tale, and the first animated film or cartoon I’ve seen that has computer generated effects. However, there was a huge difference of
watching it back then and today. Some of the magic that I felt was
missing. Probably it needs to be watched at a cinema that could cater to
3D effects of films to do it justice, like an IMAX cinema. There are also notable unfixed background flaws in some of the scenes.
Some things I’ve been wondering since 1991: [SPOILER BEGINS HERE]
What’s the purpose of the enchantress disguising as an old beggar to
test the prince and then punishing him AND the servants along? Was she
too free? Besides the prince was still very young when he was tested.
Why doesn’t she test Gaston as well? Do the servants need to eat or go
to the toilet after they are transformed? Since none of the are in human
form, how do they get supplies for the chef to cook? Is Chip a very
intelligent kid, because if he’s not, how does he manage to get
Maurice’s wood-chopping invention to free Belle and her father from the basement? And lastly, is Belle the strongest girl in that universe?
‘Cause she manages to carry the Beast on to the horse when he is
unconscious after rescuing her from the wolves. It’s also amazing how
she manages to pull Beast to the grip of the balcony to
prevent him from falling off. [SPOILER ENDS HERE]
Short film shown along with the film: Entitled “Tangled Ever After“, a 3D mini-sequel of Disney’s recent animated film, Tangled.
Rating: 4 / 5
Second opinion: “Although it’s been so long since I’ve seen it, it still almost brought me to tears at the end” (Iris Loong).
Special thanks to ChurpChurp for the invitations to the screening of the animated film.