Beauty and the Beast (1991 movie)

1991 American animated musical fantasy romance film

Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical fantasy movie produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 30th movie in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series and the third movie of the Disney Renaissance period. The movie is based on the fairy tale La Belle et la Bête by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont[5] It is about a prince who is turned into a beast and a young woman named Belle whom he imprisons in his castle. To become a prince again, the Beast must love Belle and win her love in return, or he will remain a Beast forever.

Beauty and the Beast
Directed by
Screenplay byLinda Woolverton
Story by
Based onBeauty and the Beast
by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Produced byDon Hahn
Edited byJohn Carnochan
Music byAlan Menken
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures[1]
Release dates
Running time
84 minutes (original)[3]
92 minutes (IMAX)
CountryUnited States
Budget$25 million[4]
Box office$425 million[4]

The movie was first released into movie theaters on November 22, 1991. It become very popular. This is the first animated feature that was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. A direct-to-video sequel called Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas was released in 1997. It was followed in 1998 by another sequel, Belle's Magical World. An IMAX special edition version of the original movie was released in 2002, with a new five-minute musical sequence included. After the success of the 3D re-release of The Lion King, the movie returned to theaters in 3D on January 13, 2012.[6] A live-action remake was also released on March 17, 2017. The movie is considered as one of the greatest movies of all time.


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  2. "Beauty and the Beast (1991)". The Numbers. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  3. "Beauty and the Beast (U)". British Board of Film Classification. February 5, 1992. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Beauty and the Beast". Box Office Mojo.
  5. LePrince de Beaumont, Jeanne-Marie (1783). "Containing Dialogues between a Governess and Several Young Ladies of Quality Her Scholars". The Young Misses Magazine (4 ed.). London. 1: 45–67.
  6. Smith, Grady (October 4, 2011). "'Beauty and the Beast', 'The Little Mermaid', 'Finding Nemo', 'Monsters, Inc.' get 3-D re-releases". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 27, 2011.

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