- Runtime: 92 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
A contemporary retelling of the classic French fairy tale. Once upon a time, there was a handsome but heartless prince, whose selfishness caused an enchantress to turn him into a hideous beast. He had only one hope for freedom: winning a woman's love despite his ugliness. The years passed; the Beast remained alone. Then one day, Maurice, a poor inventor, accidentally stumbled upon the Beast's lair. The angry Beast instantly swore to kill him -- until he saw Belle, Maurice's lovely daughter, who had come to to the palace to fight for her father's life. The Beast promised not to harm Maurice on one condition: Belle must stay with him. And so began Belle's lesson in the true meaning of beauty... a lesson that would bring her love and happiness ever after.
The timeless tale of Belle, the beautiful and intelligent girl kept prisoner in the castle of a mysterious beast who must somehow win her love if he is to regain his princely form. Features the voices of Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury and David Ogden Stiers. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture, Best Song ("Be Our Guest"), Best Song ("Belle"). Academy Awards: Best Song ("Beauty and the Beast").
The CAV laserdisc is letterboxed, and also includes a short documentary, "The Making of Beauty and the Beast." Both laserdisc formats are available only for a limited time. Lyricist and Executive Producer Howard Ashman died of AIDS in March 1991, before the film opened. "Beauty and the Beast" is dedicated to him. Shot in Technicolor. Rated BBFC U. This film is currently on moratorium.
Video Release: October 5, 2010
Rating: G (MPAA)
Studio: Walt Disney Home Video