Once upon a time…there was a beautiful but out of place young woman named Belle, who lived in a small, provincial town. She dreamed of far off places, places only books took her. She was courted by the most handsome (and arrogant) man in town and all she wanted was adventure in the great wide open…and then she met the Beast.
Beauty and the Beast was first released in the fall of 1991, I had just turned 13 and reached that age where I thought cartoons were “not cool.” But my mom had always surprised us a couple times a year by taking us out of school mid-day and then taking my younger siblings and I to the movies. This year was no different, and while pouting, I was dragged to see this cartoon with my 4 yr old brother and 11 yr old sister. As the movie began, something changed- it was me that couldn’t peel my eyes away.
Maybe it was my love of musicals, maybe it was how I actually related not only to feeling like an outsider, but the yearning for something far more than just what was planned for me. Whichever it was, Beauty and the Beast became a film that I love to this very day and it brings me so much joy to now share that with my daughter. Except this time… in 3D! My daughter sang, laughed and loved it just as much as I did. She was thrilled with the 3D aspect and I gotta say, I was really impressed. The film is still the original just made into a 3D format…and it looked fantastic. If you get a chance to catch this in LA, try to catch it playing at El Capitan. Just before showtime, Belle and Beast come up and give a little performance!
As if that wasn’t enough, right before the film opens, there is a hilarious short, “Tangled Ever After” that you are gonna love! Check out the clip below.
Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. I was invited to attend a special screening of Beauty and the Beast. All opinions are 100% my own.