Signing 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.