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Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast 3D

January 13, 2012

Beauty and the Beast 3D – A Walt Disney Pictures’ Release

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Release Date: January 13th, 2012

Rated G for some scary scenes

Running time: 84 minutes

Gary Trousdale (dir.)

Kirk Wise (dir.)

Linda Woolverton (animation screenplay)

Roger Allers (story supervisor)

Alan Menken (music)

Paige O’Hara as Belle (voice)

Robby Benson as Beast (voice)

Richard White as Gaston (voice)

Jerry Orbach as Lumiere (voice)

David Ogden Stiers as Cogsworth / Narrator (voice)

Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts (voice)

Bradley Pierce as Chip (voice) (as Bradley Michael Pierce)

Rex Everhart as Maurice (voice)

Jesse Corti as Lefou (voice)

Hal Smith as Philippe (voice)

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Belle (Paige O’Hara) and the Beast share a beautiful dance in Beauty and the Beast 3D.

Our reviews below:

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Beauty and the Beast 3D Review By John C.

**** (out of 4)

The first animated film to ever be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, Beauty and the Beast is an excellent film that has been beloved by many audiences since it was first released in 1991.  Now the Disney classic is getting the 3D treatment, and I’m happy to report that the third dimension doesn’t take away from the beautiful visuals.  I’ve seen the film several times over the years, but in many ways the theatre experience made me feel like I was seeing the film for the first time, even from behind the glasses.

Belle (voice of Paige O’Hara) is the booksmart and beautiful daughter of an inventor, Maurice (Rex Everhart), and the one that the mean Gaston (Richard White) has his sights set on to marry.  But when Belle’s father goes missing, she sets out to find him and encounters a dark castle in the woods that is home to the Beast (Robby Benson).  Trapped at his castle with only his servants who have been turned into talking furniture as his friends, the Beast is a conflicted prince who can only return to being human if someone can see his beauty from within.

For me, the 3D actually works surprisingly well here, and even better than it did for Disney’s masterpiece The Lion King last September.  Even though the film is obviously just as good without the added dimension, the conversion is done with a respect for the original visuals.  The iconic ballroom scene is nothing short of breathtaking, as the chandelier swoops right in front of our eyes and the title song beautifully plays all around us.  In many ways, this is the perfect scene to demonstrate how an animated 3D conversion should be done.  We really do sense the depth in the way that the characters dance around the sweeping background, and it’s impossible not to be moved by this iconic scene.

Some will see the 3D as entirely needless, but I actually liked the way that it adds a nice sense of depth to a lot of the memorable scenes.  It also helps bring the film to a new generation of fans, who have likely never had the privilege of seeing it in all of its glory on the big screen.  After over twenty years, the film still holds up.   From the animation to the music, Beauty and the Beast is a beautiful film that is every bit worth seeing on the big screen.

Before all showings of Beauty and the Beast 3D, audiences are also treated to the hilarious short film Tangled Ever After.  Following the adventures of lovable horse Maximus and Pascal the chameleon on Rapunzel’s wedding day, we are taken on a wild 3D adventure around the kingdom in search of some missing rings.  I was a big fan of the wonderful Tangled, and this brilliant short film is a worthy sequel of sorts to the feature length action.  

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Beauty and the Beast 3D Review by Erin V.  

***3/4 (out of 4)

We all know the story of Beauty and the Beast, and have probably watched Disney’s 1991 version countless times on VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray.  But now, for the first time in approx. 20 years, the film is back on the big screen.  Like the re-release of The Lion King last year, and Finding Nemo to get its due later this year, Beauty and the Beast is presented in 3D.  I had some complaints with the transfer for The Lion King, but they were not as present here.  The format works well for the most part, with the colour palette bright enough to shine through.  My guess is Finding Nemo will be the same.

While it’s in for its limited engagement, try to catch this one if you can.  The first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture (followed in 2009 by Up, the first time a film has been nominated after the creation of the Best Animated Feature category), the film has a definite place in cinematic history.  A mix of humour and darker elements, and plenty of wonderful song sequences, in terms of nostalgia, this one deserves another look in the spotlight.  In some ways viewing the film’s re-release feels both old and new, and it is a treat to see on the big screen.

Also included before the film is the new short film from the Tangled universe, Tangled Ever After.  Coming in at 7-minutes long, it takes place where the 2010 film left off, and centres around Rapunzel and Flynn’s wedding day.  Hilarity ensues when Maximus and Pascal lose the rings in their possession, taking us on a classic cartoony chase after them.  Full of laughs, it’s just a ton of fun on the big screen.  I look forward to seeing even more stories with these characters.  

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Beauty and the Beast 3D Review by Nicole

***1/2 (out of 4)

As the first animated movie to be nominated for Best Picture, Beauty and the Beast brought animation back into the forefront.  Created in the style of older Disney princess films, the movie combined great and memorable musical numbers with excellent animation, complex and well-developed characters along with a really good story.

As with The Lion King, I first saw Beauty and the Beast when I was too young to truly appreciate it.  Back then, I was disturbed by the Beast’s destructive rages, in particular a fight he engages in with a wolf pack.  While as a wolf lover I still do not enjoy that sequence, especially when one wolf hits a tree, I have a much greater appreciation for the film as a whole.

While I would not recommend very young children see Beauty and the Beast 3D, since the Beast’s rages are made louder and bigger, I would recommend older kids and adults go see it.  The 3D doesn’t really do much to dull the colour, and it gives the musical numbers a fun new dimension.  “Be Our Guest” is particularly spectacular in 3D.  This number is one of my favourite scenes, along with the titular slow dance in the ballroom.  Beauty and the Beast 3D is worth every penny of the cost for 3D on the big screen.

Picking up where Tangled left off, the short film Tangled Ever After follows the wedding between Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and Eugene (Zachary Levi).  Maximus and Pascal are the ring bearers, but when they lose the rings, they go on a merry chase through the town in order to find them on time.  Tangled Ever After is full of great Loony Toons type comic action.  Loads of fun, the short film is great in 3D.  

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Beauty and the Beast 3D Review by Maureen

**** (out of 4)

As the song goes, “tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, Beauty and the Beast.”  And this delightful film definitely has stood the test of time.  Originally released over twenty years ago, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is wonderful to see in theatres again.  The addition of 3D for this limited release enhances the enjoyment of the film.  In particular the scenes inside the Beast’s (Robby Benson) castle benefit from the depth 3D gives to the animation.

The third dimension works especially well during the “Be Our Guest” musical number and the still romantic “Beauty and the Beast” musical sequence when Belle (Paige O’Hara) and Beast share their magical dance.  Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favourite Disney animated movies.  I had only ever seen it on DVD and Blu-ray, so watching the story unfold and seeing the delightful musical numbers on the big screen was a real treat.  This is one of those times when the extra ticket premium for 3D is worth the cost.  Disney fans won’t want to miss Beauty and the Beast in theatres during its limited run.  Stay through the end credits for the beautiful artistic character sketches that look great in 3D.

Anyone who saw Disney’s Tangled was likely hoping Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) would make it to the altar.  That’s exactly what happens in the hilarious short film,. Tangled Ever After, that plays before Beauty and the Beast 3D.  With the help of Maximus the horse as ring bearer and colourful chameleon Pascal, Rapunzel and Flynn end up as husband and wife but not before a manic misadventure with the rings takes place.  This little short is big on fun.  Arrive early to make sure you don’t miss it.  

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Beauty and the Beast 3D Review by Tony

**** (out of 4)

Beauty and the Beast (1991) has been reissued in 3D. The story, music and animation still hold up among the best of the Classic Disney animated features of the last twenty years. Those who can afford to see it in 3D on a large screen will not be disappointed, even if they have seen it a dozen times at home on tape or disc.

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Consensus: Disney’s excellent animated classic Beauty and the Beast is the latest to get the 3D treatment, and the beautiful 1991 film holds up just as well after over twenty years with the third dimension adding a nice sense of depth to some of the most memorable scenes.  ***3/4 (Out of 4)

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