Movie Musical Challenge: Beauty and the Beast

beauty and the beast disneySigning up for Charlene’s Movie Musical Challenge has me so excited to revisit some of my favorite movies, and to hopefully discover some of new favorites (my sign-up post).  I knew I wanted to start off this challenge (watching the American Film Institute’s top 25 movie musicals) with a movie that I loved, and I couldn’t think of a better one that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

I can actually remember going to the movies with my cousin to see Beauty and the Beast as a little girl (we had to sit in the front row!), and I’ve loved the movie ever since.  Watching it again, even at a mature 31 years old, I still absolutely adore this movie.

I’m sure so many of you have seen this movie, and love it like I do.  I love Belle so much.  She is definitely a girl I can easily relate to with her love of books, and wanting much more adventure than her little town has to offer.  I also love that she has brown hair and brownish (okay, fine she has hazel, but I pretend that she has brown) eyes because I do too.

And there isn’t really instalove at all.  It’s about Beast growing up to be an honorable and gentle man, and Belle seeing past his frightening appearance.  How sweet is that?

I have a real soft spot for hand-drawn animation, and it’s gorgeous here in Beauty and the Beast.  I am by no means an expert on art, but I hand-drawn animation always feels a bit softer and romantic than computer animation, which really fits this fairytale story.

The music is just amazing.  Alan Menken and Howard Ashman made such a wonderful team.  And Beauty and the Beast even has two of my favorite actors – Jerry Orbach (Lumiere) and Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts).

My favorite two songs are “Something There” (so romantic and that tune gets stuck in my head – in the best way)

And, of course, “Beauty and the Beast.”  Man, does Angela Lansbury totally kick butt while singing it.  I’ve heard that Lansbury intitally felt she wasn’t the right person to sing that song, but they talked her into it.  I can’t imagine anyone else doing as beautifully.

Oh wait, I do have another favorite song – “Gaston.”  This song is just so funny, and even though it’s about the baddie, I love it so.  It really is the perfect song to show the kind of person Gaston is.

Probably my favorite scene in the movie is the opening one.  I just love the whole look and feel of it, and I love the stained-glass effect.

Obviously I love this movie.  I can already say for sure that Beauty and the Beast will be high up on MY top 25 musicals.  There is something absolutely timeless about this movie.

9 Responses to “Movie Musical Challenge: Beauty and the Beast”

  1. Bieke @ Istyria book blog

    LOVE this movie! And that’s right, Angela initially didn’t want to sing this song because she normally doesn’t do ballads and she didn’t think she’d be the right person to do it. But when they convinced her and she did sing, it only took one take. 🙂

  2. Cynthia

    Beauty and the Beast is my absolute favorite Disney movie ever! I am 90% sure that it is due to the Beats’s awesome library. Haha. My favorite song is also “Something There.” Great review!

  3. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    This movie is my all time favorite Disney movie and I have to admit I watch it at least one every year. When I feel bad, I watch this movie and it always manage to make me feel good again. It is magical <3 the opening scene is probably one of my favorite parts too! Together with the library, dancing scene and transformation part. Belle's emotions there are priceless.

  4. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    I can’t wait to watch this since it’s been quite a while since I have. I really love the beginning song Belle and Something There always gets me too – it’s so romantic! And probably I just love all the songs really. 🙂 It’s fantastic that you saw this in theaters!

  5. Jessica @ Books: A true story

    Are you excited for the live action movie they are going to make of Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson? I think the casting is brilliant and I’m excited to see where they take a live action version of this movie! I love it too1

  6. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    One of my favorites as well! I think my favorite song is Something There because it shows the Beast growing and them both learning to be friends. Plus the library!!

  7. Adria

    I remember watching that movie in theaters too! It’s my mom’s favorite Disney cartoon. Great choice and I can’t wait to see what other musicals you choose since I do have a soft spot for them. I’ll be stopping by more often to see what you’ve got going on 😉

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