Disney, Once Again Podcast 002
“Beauty and the Beast” (1991)
Podcast Episode 232
Show notes can be found at:
This Just In!!
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Another animated Disney film that starts with “Once Upon a Time”
BATB is basically a morality play teaching a lesson about not being selfish
Never judge a book by its cover. Books are Belle’s treasures.
Belle mentions she was reading a book about beanstalks and ogres.
Another theme is that reading makes you a hero.
The opening song that also serves as exposition of the story.
Gaston says he wants Belle because she’s beautiful, but there are other beautiful women in town, maybe he sees Belle for more than beauty?
The wolf chase scenes were chilling.
There is a classic horror film look to some of the scenes; the gate, the castle, etc.
The Beast entrance was scary, as well.
Belle breaks many stereotypes; She says no to marrying the strongest man, she reads, she wants adventure instead of staying at home.
Belle bold sacrifice – “Take me instead (of my father)”.
The Beast wants her to stay forever (like Rumpel said in OUAT).
Another classic horror story motif, the hunting party (or mob).
Lots of classic Battle (or Misunderstanding) of the Sexes moments; Men can’t eat or handle their temper properly.
(below) Picture of Busby Berkley section in Hollywood Studios’ Great Movie Ride
Even dishes, chairs and lamps have destinies.
We are shown an animated conflict resolution.
“If you didn’t…”
“If you had…”
“Thank you…for saving me”
Ripping the shades of the windows.
He’s No Prince Charming.
Hunters are bad. At least that’s one of themes of the film is.
Thanks to Michelle and Jayne from the Disney Dream Girls Podcast for their thoughts http://disneydreamgirlspodcast.blogspot.com/