Beauty and the Beast (1991, USA) C-84m. *** D: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise. Starring (the voices of) Robby Benson, Jesse Corti, Rex Everhart, Angela Lansbury, Paige O'Hara, Brian Cummings. Fine Disney version of the famous fable is perfect for kids. Free-sprited Belle opts to stay with ugly beast in his castle, so that her father gets released. The beast has reason to change his brisk behavior as his time on Earth is running out. Well-made, engrossing, though adults should stick with the more poetic Jean Cocteau version. The first animated feature ever to receive a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. Later extended to 90m.


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