Alex is a freelance writer, retail worker, short film maker, an avid lover of The Arts and always willing to explore.
Published December 16th 2012
Despite the references to prostitutes, the subliminal background messages of the word SEX, and the somewhat questionable message of one's self image, Beauty and The Beast still stands as one of the most remarkable full length animated features ever produced by Disney. It's 3D re-release is left undiminished.
Unlike a majority of 3D films, Beauty and The Beast uses this effect to subtly produce constant cinematic eye candy for the audience, most notably the ground breaking ballroom scene. Certain 3D films that I've had to endure greatly underplay this capability for ninety nine percent of the time, and occasionally abuse it with a gigantic paddleball flying out of the screen..
Of course the animation is not the only aspect of this film to marvel at. Beauty and the Beast contains a wonderful array of highly entertaining three-dimensional characters, and a plot particularly well adapted from the original fairytale classic. The musical numbers are also creatively ingenious and undoubtedly catchy, almost guaranteeing you'll leave the theatre with a few stuck in your head.
The only negative aspect I can pin point on Beauty and the Beast is one that has stuck on me since childhood, and is really more of a personal taste as opposed to being anything constructively wrong. Unlike the traditional fairy tale and most previous adaptations, the Beast in this film I found to be rather ironically beautiful; in fact I much prefer the image of "The Beast" in comparison to his original human form.
Twenty years after it's original run, the 3D re-release of Beauty and the Beast` renders the film more rejuvenated than ever, reliving fond memories for many and hopefully creating ones for a whole other generation.