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Beauty and the Beast
Category Animated , Romantic , Family , Musicals
Year: 1991
Time: 84 minutes
Production: Walt Disney
Director: Gary Trousdale
Cast:
Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, Angela Lansbury, David Ogden Stiers
MPAA G / U
Our Rating 9/10 - Not usually my thing, but you have to admit it's good
Watchability 10/10 - Rewatch therapy for fans of this type of stuff
Contributed by JT
 
Plot:

Many years ago, an Enchantress disguised herself as a haggard old woman and asked for a room in a Castle. All she could pay the Prince was a rose. He turned her away - so she warned him not to look on the outer appearance. He refuses the rose (- probably stolen from someone's garden) and she turns back into the beautiful Enchantress and casts a harsh spell - that he will transform into a Beast, his castle will be ruined, and all his servants transformed into random objects.  Before the last petal from the rose falls, he must find someone who can love him.

 
So, how does it end?

Locked in the castle without hope with an angry man-beast, Belle breaks her promise and makes a run for it - until she is surrounded by those hungry wolves again, and is saved by a brave Beast. He collapses from his wounds, and she somehow lifts him onto the back of her horse, and then takes him back to the Castle.

They sort out their differences a little, and she stays. She likes his books.

It starts to snow, and for no real reason she starts to fall for him when he tries to keep his anger in check. Classic case of Stockholm Syndrome if ever I saw one!

She regrets that she can't see her father anymore, as she is a prisoner after all. The Beast shows her the magic mirror - and she sees that he has got lost, again, trying to find her. He really should buy himself a map. The Beast allows her to leave, and she rescues him before taking him home.

The evil Gaston has bribed the owner of an insane asylum to take the father away - unless Belle will marry him. Belle tells them that her father is not insane - and she can prove it. She takes out the mirror to show them the Beast. Gaston whips the crowd into a frenzy, and they march to the castle to kill the Beast. They lock Belle in the cellar to stop her warning the others.

The Beast doesn't care anymore when he sees the villagers approaching. Lumiere gets the tools ready to fight back. Belle escapes from the cellar.

The villagers aren't doing so well in the fight - but Gaston has found the Beast. They fight but the Beast isn't giving it his all. Then suddenly he sees Belle approaching and his strength returns - he knocks Gaston off the tower - but has compassion on his enemy and saves him.

The Beast goes to Belle in one of the towers, but the sneaky Gaston removes a blade and stabs him in his side. The Beast roars. Gaston slips and falls to his death.

Belle gets the Beast inside - but he dies in her arms. Just as the last petal of the flower falls, she cries and says that she loves him.

Suddenly, purple fireworks fire off all over the place and the Beast is taken up - and then transformed back into a man. The Castle loses its Gothic appeal, and the tools all turn back to their human form again.

It ends with very badly drawn rich people (clearly only there for the money - where were his friends when the Prince was down on his luck?!) watching patiently as Belle and the Prince show off and dance for them.

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