"How can you read this? There are no pictures in it!"
Tale as old as time....I'm all for Disney. Big fan of the animated projects. And this was the movie that got me interested in animation again, not as a kid, but now as an adult.
The story you know: Belle (voice of Paige O'Hara) stays in the castle of the Beast (Robby Benson!) in order to save her father. Beast falls for Belle, but he can only change from Beast to handsome prince if Belle loves him for who he is. What will come between them is Gaston (Richard White), the boorish oaf of a man who wants Belle as his own, even if he has to off the Beast to do it.
The animation here is spectacular, although if you've read spork-girl's review you know about the obvious transition from traditional animation to computer generated backgrounds in the ballroom scene. It bothers me, too, but I still think that on the whole it's really well done. This was also the first instance of the curvier Disney heroine. Belle was the first to be given more of a bustline (useless trivia, but trivia nonetheless). There's also the typical Disney staples: songs out the yingyang (although most are memorable) and a white-haired father figure who's basically inept.
But it works.
I also like the voice work here, particularly from Paige O'Hara and Angela Lansbury (as Mrs. Potts). But for my money, you can't get much better than Jerry Orbach as Lumiere.
Worth the rental, and not just for the kids.Oh, there's the usual things: flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep...