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Beauty and the Beast 3D

Reviewed by: Timothy Flick

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Animation Fantasy Musical Romance Family Drama 3D
1 hr. 24 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
November 22, 1991
3D version: January 13, 2012 (wide—2,500+ theaters)
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Relevant Issues
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Couple in love. Photo copyrighted
TRUE LOVE—What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer

humility versus egotism and pride


music in the Bible










ROYALTY of the Bible: kings / queens / princes

ballroom dancing



bad temper

human becomes an animal

girl held hostage


bravery, courage

father daughter relationship


fairy tale

Featuring: Paige O'Hara … Belle (voice)
Robby Benson … Beast (voice)
Richard White … Gaston (voice)
Jerry Orbach … Lumiere (voice)
David Ogden Stiers … Cogsworth/Narrator (voice)
Angela LansburyMrs. Potts (voice)
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Director: Gary Trousdale
Producer: Walt Disney Pictures
Silver Screen Partners IV
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Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

“The most beautiful love story ever told as it has never been seen before.”

Calling something timeless is quite a profound exclamation. When considering films that impacted multiple generations, one would have a rather thin catalog to sift through. “Beauty and the Beast” is undoubtedly timeless; it continues as it did in 1991 to bring a lighthearted joy to audiences. Looking around the theater while watching the newly released 3D version, it was a different experience seeing parents reliving what they experienced as a child, bringing their children to experience the same wonderful movie that affected them over 20 years ago.

Unlike many films made in the 90s, “Beauty and the Beast” truly shows no signs of age. It carries with similar depth and breadth that works in this day. Being the only animated film to win Best Picture at the Golden Globes and the first Disney film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars® since “Mary Poppins” in 1964, it is no surprise the sheer adoration millions have for this film.

If you are not familiar with the the movie, it centers around a once-majestic prince that has become selfish and shallow in his thinking. One night, he is visited by what seemed to be an old hag, and was unable to see her inner beauty; he judges her by her haggard appearance and turns her away. But to his dismay, the hag transforms before his eyes into the enchantress that she truly was. Because of his selfishness, she places a curse on him and his kingdom, materialized by a red rose. If he does not learn to truly love and be loved by another, he will forever be the beast that he is transformed into. The other main character that becomes a part of his life is Belle, a young and lively woman who lives in a small village with her father, Maurice, an eccentric inventor.

The village is filled with a myriad of characters, one being the “beastly”—pun intended—Gaston, who is desperately vying for Belle’s affection. Gaston is a brutish and hulking man who constantly has women falling over him, but Belle’s disdain towards him and greater interest in a grander life greatly increases his desire to woo her. The story truly begins to develop when Belle’s father becomes lost in the woods, stumbling upon a castle full of enchanted creatures and the Beast. With the disappearance of her father, Belle comes across the same castle only to be confronted by the Beast, as well. In exchange for her father’s freedom, Belle concedes to permanent imprisonment in the Beast’s castle. Seeing this as an opportunity to break the spell, the Beast, with the help of his enchanted assistants, looks to show Belle that he is capable of love.

The film is by all means the definition of a classic and hits all the beats that high quality films should. The comparison of this film to quality and “family-friendly entertainment” is in such contrast in 2012 that is disappointing. Yet, it is refreshing to see audiences captivated by decades-old films like this, as well as the massive success of “The Lion King” back in September. “Beauty and the Beast” is a beautifully entertaining film that melds wonderful music, humor, drama, and a love story—all created on sheets of paper.

The 3-D of aspect of the film is not a phenomenal transformation of the film, but it does provide a fresh look for those who have seen it time and again. Something else I noticed was that some animations and set pieces felt reworked, either digitized for the 3-D diversion or purely to clean up some of the handdrawn animations. This was specifically noticeable in the Belle and Beast ballroom scene. If it was reworked, I appreciate Disney for not just shoving the film to theatres. If it is all original, I find it a little mindblowing that some of that animation is 20 years old. Simply enough, if you have seen the film dozens of times, there is still something different to experience in 3-D.

The journey of the Beast can be paralleled by the desires of Christ. Philippians 2:1-4 states:

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

The Beast is greatly punished by his selfishness and vanity, just as we have the ultimate punishment for our sins. Acting Christ-like, putting Jesus and others above our own selfish desire, in the way that the Beast did with Belle, will bring joy to God.

Regarding objectionable content, the film is very minor in all departments. Profanity is nonexistent. The only thing found suggestive would be the way some of the female characters show cleavage, dressed in the typical 18th century garb, and that beer is drunk during one of the musical numbers. The violence is a little heavy at the end where a confrontation between characters leads to one falling off a building. Some scenes could be scary to very young children and characters are wounded with blood being shown.

Violence: Moderate / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: Minor

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Positive—I am a huge Disney fan. When I heard that Disney was bringing back “Beauty and the Beast” in 3D, I knew my mother was a huge fan and so, knowing my mother was a huge fan of “Beauty and the Beast,” I decided this would be the perfect outing for my mother and I. I was right. “Beauty and the Beast” in 3D was phenomenal. My favorite part was the musical number, “Be our Guest.” That almost took my breath away. I would definitely recommend families to see this film. Thank you Disney! Keep up the good work!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
Alexander Malsan, age 21 (USA)
Positive—I think this movie has always been fantastic. I do have a comment, not meant to spur an argument of any kind, just find it interesting. “Beauty and the Beast” does have magic incorporated. The woman that casts a spell is an enchantress (or witch). It’s a movie, and I think we can take it for what it is, a sweet, funny children’s movie. It really offends almost no one.

That being said, why does almost everyone in the Christian circle find “Harry Potter…” so offensive? Why can’t people also take “Harry Potter…” for what it is, well made pre-teen movies? I’m just very confused, are there different levels of magic and witchcraft, or is it different in a cartoon setting?

But back to the original. “Beauty and the Beast” is a fantastically well made movie that would entertain anyone. It has great moral lessons, as well.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Rachel Rutherford, age 25 (USA)
Positive—“Beauty and the Beast” is my favorite movie of all time. I’ve wanted to see it in 3-D ever since it was announced in mid-2010. Long story short, I was thrilled when Disney announced that it would be their second re-release in 3-D. And I got the chance to see it on the big screen-for the third time ever-with my two closest friends. This enduring Disney classic is even more magical in 3-D, though in some shots, some images in the front of the screen beside the characters who are singing are either a bit blurry or out-of-focus. But it doesn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of what I think is the greatest animated movie ever made.

The best scene in the film is arguably when Belle and the Beast are dancing in the ballroom, as it’s the first use of computer-generated-imagery in a movie (“The Little Mermaid” doesn’t really count, because it was only used for the ship towards the end of the movie). I admit, I nearly cried during several scenes, though I’ve seen the film many times, I’ve seen the stage show (which is absolutely Beauty-ful), I’ve seen it on ice, and I see it live on stage every time I go to MGM Studios in Walt Disney World.

Biblically speaking, there is absolutely nothing offensive in the movie (hence the G rating). Of course, there is some violence, but it’s not at all graphic and some of it is even comic. There is some blood present in two scenes, but it is not gory at all (this is Disney we’re talking about).

There is also some magic, but never is the movie presented as anything more than a fairy tale (it is based on a French fairy tale).

***SPOILER*** And of course, a main character dies, but for those who have seen the movie, it’s not disturbing, but it might be a bit upsetting for very young children, particularly the exciting and emotionally intense climax. ***END SPOILER***

And stay through the credits not only to hear Cline Dion and Peabo Bryson’s classic rendition of the title song, but also to see drawings of the characters before they were animated. The movie also has positive messages about looking past the physical and into the heart, undying loyalty and unconditional love. “Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” Forget “Silence Of The Lambs;” “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” is the movie that should have won Best Picture in 1991. I highly recommend this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—D, age 25 (USA)
Positive—I enjoy every moment of this movie, and it provides so many godly morals of true love and inner beauty over vanity. The only thing a bit bothersome in the sex department is Lumiere does flirt with a feather duster. However, she may be his wife, so that would not be a problem, but we still do not know for sure. The “Human Again” song does drop hints that Lumiere has been with married women back in his human days. Not needed, but hopefully, Lumiere’s time in the castle humbled him to focus on finding a wife. The evil things done by Gaston are clearly shown in a negative light, so I am not too worried about that. Some characters are shown drinking beer, but no one appears to have had too much. Moderation is always commendable. The violence is very tame, but it can be scary to younger children. The beast grows out of being a spoiled child to a gentleman and the servants are thankful he’s learned to love.

As for the witchcraft comments, the movie does not present the magic in a desirable way. The beast and the servants clearly wish to be human again; they are not warlocks practicing the occult. In the Old Testament, God turned Moses” sister into a leper to teach her a lesson and she was ultimately forgiven. Same sort of concept. As for the beast looking satanic, the Bible never gives Satan the “horned, furry, clawed” description. Isaiah and Ezekiel state he was beautiful, and Paul says he can masquerade as angel of light.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Peter, age 22 (USA)
Neutral—I haven’t seen the 3D version, but I just rewatched the original, and I’m surprised by the negative comments here, both because witchcraft is involved. I would have assumed that negative comments would involve the portrayal of the buxom, brainless ladies that fall all over Gaston or Lumiere’s rakish behavior or even the market vendor who ogles a buxom, cleavage-bared woman right before his wife hits him on the head, but I was surprised it was over witchcraft that isn’t portrayed in a positive light. Participating would be one thing. Or viewing witchcraft (real witchcraft) and thinking positively on it.

I really feel that it is about time Christians learn to discern real witchcraft and sorcery from that which is make believe, especially when it teaches valuable lessons and is relatively clean, save for the few instances I mentioned. When God speaks to us of witchcraft, He is speaking of people who did real witchcraft, which calls on the power of the devil. I highly doubt that the kind portrayed in “Beauty and the Beast” would encourage anyone to try it in real life. I could be wrong, but from what I can see, none of it was portrayed as cool or heroic.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Amy, age 37 (USA)
Comments from young people
Positive—“Beauty and the Beast” is my favorite Disney movie, ever since I was 2 years old I would have my mom put it on over and over again every day. It is a positive movie and the best princess movie. It is a movie, which I will love forever! Most of all, it is a wonderful charm and memory!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Maggie, age 11 (USA)
Comments from non-viewers
Negative—It saddens me how so many people fall for even the “harmless” tricks of the devil. I haven’t really sat down and watched most of the old Disney movies, and I can never quite bring myself to. Most of them involve, revolve around, or at least have some point of magic in them. The spell, in this movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” for example, is what the movie revolves completely around. In Deuteronomy 18, starting in verse 9 and going through verse 14, God says directly to not practice witchcraft of any kind, and that if any of you were to be found having done it, that they shall be dispossessed (and in Exodus, it even tells us to kill witches). While we are not doing the witchcraft, why are we praising movies and literature where sorcery play key roles? They cannot match what our God does for us, and if you thought deeply about it, you would have to wonder how you are bringing glory to God by watching movies like this.
—David, age 18 (USA)
Negative—How dare Disney re-release this disgusting film in theaters! The audacity of them to shove this witchcraft down our children’s throat is appalling. This entire film revolves around a BEAST who looks like Satan from that old Carman video “Satan, Bite The Dust” who was turned that way by… get this… A WITCH. The Bible clearly states that we are to not place anything before our eyes that will cause us to stumble in our walk with the Lord. I absolutely refuse to let any of my children see this film, or any Disney film for that matter. Hollywood, mostly with the help of Disney, has ruined the family friendly film industry as we know it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Jeffrey, age 36 (USA)

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