Beauty and the Beast (1991) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Paige O'Hara, Robbie Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Odgin-Stires, Angela Lansburry

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Belle lives in a quiet rural village with her father, Maurice. She is spirited and longs for love and adventure. Her great beauty has attracted Gaston, the village hunk and brute. He wants to marry Belle since she is a "trophy." Belle is repulsed by him. One day, while out in the forest, Maurice is pursued by wolves and hides in a dark castle. The beast living there finds him, and locks him up. Belle, worried about her missing father goes looking for him, At the castle, she faces the beast who tells her Maurice will be freed if she takes his place instead. Maurice returns to the village and tells villagers that Belle has been taken by a beast. They think he's crazy, but Gaston thinks he can use this to get Belle to marry him. Meanwhile at the castle, the beast forbids Belle to go to a room in the West Wing, she goes anyway and finds a magical rose, slowly losing its petals. The beast finds her and scolds her wildly. Belle runs out into the forest and is chased by wolves, which the beast fights off. He is injured and Belle returns him back to the castle and takes care of him. The other enchanted residents of the castle are ecstatic, since Belle could be the one to break the spell cast on all of them. Years before, the beast was a prince punished by a fairy because of his cruelty. He will remain a beast until someone loves him. When the final petal falls from the rose, the curse is permanent. The inanimate objects play matchmaker, and soon Belle and the Beast fall in love. When Belle finds out that her father is sick in the forest, she asks the beast if she can leave. Because he loves her, he lets her go. Belle and Maurice return to the village, but Gaston threatens to send Maurice to a mental asylum. He tells Belle this can be prevented if she says yes to his marriage proposal. Belle says her father is not crazy, and says he is telling the truth. Gaston then rallies an angry mob to to the castle to kill the beast. Gaston and the beast fight on the castle rooftop, Gaston slips, but stabs the beast before falling off. The beast lays dying and Belle confesses her love for him. He transforms into a handsome prince, and the curse is lifted.
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Best part of story, including ending: The elaborate and catchy song numbers which enhance the storytelling.

Best scene in story: When Belle and the beast dance in the gilded ballroom.

Opinion about the main character: Belle is both headstrong and beautiful. She's not afraid to follow her heart.

The review of this Movie prepared by Tina Medina a Level 30 Banded Kingfisher scholar

In this charming Disney cartoon, Belle is a girl who wishes for a life outside of her small-town village. When her father is imprisoned by a beast, Belle goes to save him. She then decides to make a deal, so her father goes back home, and Belle takes his place. Throughout the days, Belle and the Beast become closer and closer until they fall in love. With the help of some enchanted objects, they spent the nightaway dancing, until Belle sees that her father is sick. The beast lets her go home, and save her father. Meanwhile, the he-man of the village, Gaston, who is in love with Belle, is jealous of the Beast's win over her. He decides to kill him. This film is very magical, and lovely. The animation is splendid, and the ballroom scene is marvelous. The music is beautiful, and the film is deserved of it's Best Picture nomination.
The review of this Movie prepared by Estefan Ellison

When an evil spell is cast on a man who turns into a beast, a girl must prove her love for him to be real before the last rose petal falls off. Belle is up to the challenge, and she spends some time with the Beast. The two grow closer together, and she manages to prove her love to him just before the last petal falls off the rose. The Beast marries Belle, and they live happily ever after.
The review of this Movie prepared by Teddy

Belle (O'Hara) is the most beautiful girl in her village. She's also the oddest. She's the daughter of an eccentric inventor named Maurice. When Maurice is on his way to the inventor's convention, he gets lost in the woods. He seeks refuge in an old castle. The master of the castle is a hideous Beast (Benson). Once a prince, he was turned into a Beast when he turned an old woman away. The old woman turned out to be a beutiful enchantress. If the Best doesn't find someone he loves and who loves him back by the time the last petal on his enchanted rose falls, then he will remain a Beast forever. His servants have been turned into furniture and when they try to tend to Maurice, Beast locks Maurice in the dungeon for tresspassing. Belle sets out to find Maurice and agrees to take his place as the Beasts prisoner. The Beast's servants, including Cogsworth(Odgen-Stires), a clock; Lumeire(Orbach), a candlabra; and Mrs. Potts(Lansburry), a teapot give Beast hints on how to win Belle, starting by controlling his temper. Meanwhile, the most handsome (as well as rude, concited, and illiterite) man in town, Gaston(White), plots to try and force Belle to marry him after she rejected him. He doesn't beleive Marices tale about a Beast and plans, with his toadie Lefou, to use Maurice's crackpot image to his advantage. At the castle, Belle and Beast are starting to grow on one another. Will they fall in love and break the spell? A Disney Classic.
The review of this Movie prepared by Adam D. Bram

Script Analysis of Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% **Fantasy or Science Fiction?**    -   fantasy story on another world/distant past Romance    -   Yes If a cartoon...    -   animated cartoon Human/Magical couple?    -   Yes Type of couple    -   She's a human, he's a magical being Cartoon?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French


Earth setting:    -   19th century    -   18th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Forests?    -   Yes Misc settings    -   prison    -   fort/castle    -   small town

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Tone of movie    -   upbeat Kinds of F/X    -   Things that change shape/morph Is this movie based on a    -   book

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