Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Well, THAT sounds simple enough right?! Not so. Though this is a fairy tale it’s sort of an odd one. No offense to the women of Disney’s past, but Belle really does seem to come from the age of the Women’s Rights Movement. She wants to tell stories. She likes to read. She’s independent. The idea that marriage is her career does not sit well with her. Come to think of it, the idea of falling in love seems to be an idea she resists more than anything. On the opposite end you have the Beast himself. Scary as hell with a bad temper to boot, the idea of falling in love with him seems to escape even his mind. He cares for her but doesn’t know how to express it. Plus he’s so ugly that even we can relate that getting past his looks might - for once - be difficult.
Parents, there is nothing objectionable in this film. Just mild action violence. Recommended for all ages.