Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Writers: Linda Woolverton (animation screenplay by), Brenda Chapman (story by)
Stars: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti
A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell.
Boy, this brings back memories. A childhood classic, from a time when things were much simpler and life seemed sweeter. I’m not sure that there is any adult in his twenties or younger that has never seen this movie. Shame on him or her if he hasn’t.
The story is an adaptation of a French fairy tale going by the same name. Belle, a beautiful girl from a small village, allows herself to be taken prisoner by the “terrifying” Beast so that her father can be freed. Beast was once a spoiled prince who refused to shelter an old lady from the rain, because he thought she was ugly. In truth, the old lady was a witch who cursed the prince to be “the beast” until he can be loved by who he is on the inside and not by his looks. Back in the present, Belle and the Beast begin to bond after initially starting on the wrong foot. Not going to say anything else regarding the plot, but since it is a story mainly for the young souls, in the end you have the happily ever after.
I think that one of the best things about all Disney movies is that they make these great stories for kids with a moral guideline to follow. Show a kid a funny movie and he will like it. And he will want to see it again and again and again. And seeing it so many times, maybe the lesson within the movie will get to him.
In this case, the lesson is not to judge people based on looks alone. It’s the soul that really counts. It shouldn’t matter if you are ugly or beautiful, tall or short, slim or fat. The only thing that should count is how you are as a person. Real beauty, eternal beauty, comes from within. If more people would understand that, then maybe the world would be a better place.