Beauty & the Beast (IMAX)

MPAA Rating: G

Entertainment: +4

Content: +3

In 1991 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was nominated for an Oscar best picture award, a first for an animated film and won another for its music. Now, Disney rings in the New Year with a 10th anniversary issue of this family favorite, with a digitally-remastered format designed for IMAX and other Giant Screen Theatres. It also features an added musical number, "Human Again," as the enchantment is broken. Even children who have seen the video will enjoy this bigger than life romantic story of Belle (voice of Paige O'Hara), the lovely French maiden, and the lonely, fierce Beast (Robby Benson) confined to an enchanted castle. Belle seems destined to become the bride of the obnoxious but handsome village bully, Gaston (Richard Wright). When her elderly father ends up a prisoner in the enchanted castle, Belle bravely approaches the Beast to replace her father. Once a handsome prince, the Beast is under a spell that won't be broken until he truly loves someone else and hes loved as he is. As Belle wins the hearts of the talking utensils in the castle, who also long to be human again, the Beast changes from a monster into a gentle loving creature. Clever musical numbers, comical antics of Belle's castle friends combined with adventure and action make BEAUTY AND THE BEAST a real treat.

Parents should be cautioned, however, that on the huge IMAX screen, images and sounds in scary forest scenes and the Beast's unleashed fury when he's displeased are intensified and may frighten youngsters. Gaston's rough treatment of others and his fondness for drinking beer in the village tavern increase his obnoxiousness. While Belle dresses modestly to stress her purity, other young women wear low-necked blouses and flirt suggestively with Gaston. Some may view the evil spell changing a human into a beast as witchcraft, but never is this story promoted as anything but a fairy tale. Overall, the positive messages about loving others, bravery and family support dominate.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Walt Disney Co., 500 S. Buena Vista, Burbank, CA 91521

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Several times Moderate (Beast's temper tantrums frightening, hand-to-hand fighting in invasion of castle; bully roughs up companions, wolves chase man in forest, man falls from tower)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (voluptuous women flirt with man)

Drugs: Tavern scene with beer drinking

Other: Magic spell turned man into beast/ servants into house objects; strong messages of loving others more than yourself, bravery and family

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 4 and older

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