A quarter of a century ago this enchanting story made its mark on movie history and pop culture, and has been a beloved story to generations of viewers. The love that blooms between Belle and the Beast is touching, sweet, and enchanting, just like the castle. The 25th Anniversary Edition of Beauty and the Beast is filled with all the splendor of the film as well as several additional features.
There is one bonus feature with Paige O’Hara, the woman who voiced Belle. Paige tells viewers, “I was born to play this part.” There is no doubt being Belle changed her life. Since the film she has gone on to coach other “Belles.”
Viewers also get to see snippets from recording sessions which were used for “internal tools for the animators” to help them blend the animated characters to the people voicing them. The story of Beauty and the Beast was “an official idea” for Walt Disney, although it never got made during his lifetime.
The 25th Anniversary Edition of Beauty and the Beast is part of The Signature Collection from the Walt Disney studios. It includes a Blu-ray and DVD, and Digital HD. Besides the bonus features, there are three versions of the film: the original theatrical release, a special extended edition, and a sing-along version. The songs, like the characters, have been part of pop culture for the past quarter century: “Belle,” “Gaston,” Be Our Guest,” “Something There,” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
Gather your friends and family and enjoy this enchanting tale as old as time. Why not make a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ themed night with the Lumiere candelabra, Mrs. Potts and Chip salt and pepper shakers, Belle mugs (there are several selections), and a Cogsworth figure or a rose glass sculpture to add some fun to your table? They are all available at disneystore.com. Then sit down to a nice evening watching this beautiful film.