Beauty and the Beast (IMAX Re-issue)

Directed by Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Starring: The voices of Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury.
MPAA Rating: G

Review by Eugene Kopman <eugene@filmhead.com>
February 13, 2002

Beauty and the Beast has been argued to be the best animated film of all time. I would not say the best, but definitely one of the best. If you are one of those unlucky people who has never seen this Disney masterpiece, I recommend renting the original first, then head to your nearest IMAX theatre and see this re-release that has an extra song added to it.

For those who do not know, I will give a brief introduction. Belle (voiced by Paige O'Hara) is a beautiful girl who lives with her father, Maurice (Rex Everhart). She has also caught the eye of the town hunk, Gaston (Richard White), the most gorgeous, but pompous man alive. Her father gets captured by a horrible Beast (Robby Benson), who is actually a cursed prince. Belle decides to save her father by taking his place as the Beast's prisoner. Belle does not know that he is actually a prince. In the Beast's castle she meets Cogsworth (David Ogden Stiers) the talking clock, Lumiere (Jerry Orbach) the talking candleholder and Mrs. Potts (Angela Lansbury) the talking, you guessed it, teapot.

This is truly one of Disney's best. With beautiful animation, a magical story, and great voice-over work, this is the first and, so far, only animated film to ever get a Best Picture Oscar nomination. But why should you pay $10 or more to see it on IMAX when you can spend $2 and rent the tape? Very simple: not only will you be seeing this movie on the screen that is five stores high and has digitally enhanced sound, but IMAX puts you in the movie. When the Beast roars, you shake with fear; when Belle cries, you want to cry with her. There is also the new song, "Human Again", sung by the staff of the castle, that makes you feel like it belonged there in the first place. Even if you have seen it before, go see it again, you will not be disappointed.

P.S. January 1, 2003 Disney is releasing The Lion King onto the IMAX screens; I cannot wait.


For more information, go to the Internet Movie Database:
Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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Beauty and the Beast (1991) -- VHS
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