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5.0 out of 5 stars What's wrong with this movie?, October 11, 2002
This review is from: Beauty and the Beast (Platinum Edition) (DVD)
The biggest flaw in this story ... is that it makes a 45-year-old man cry like a child every time I watch it. My opinions on Disney movies vary -- some are good, some are almost unwatchable -- but "Beauty and the Beast" is the best work the studio has ever done.
Why do I love this movie so much? I think it's the music. In some musicals (animated or live), as soon as a song begins, the story comes to a grinding halt. (Can anyone remember one tune from "Mulan"?) But in this film, the music by Ashman and Menken advances the story marvellously. Animation and voice acting combine in a near-flawless performance, and the use of computer animation in the ballroom dance sequence was ground-breaking in its time.
As for the added features, the added song "Human Again" is a wonderful fun number. I can understand why it was left out of the original version, but its inclusion really doesn't detract from the story (it's another big production number like "Be Our Guest", not really essential to the plot, but helps us get to know the supporting characters).
The "making of" features are fairly interesting; the on-disk games I can take or leave. But the film itself is still the gem, worth the purchase price all by itself; the standard by which all other Disney movies are measured.
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Showing 1-10 of 23 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Feb 19, 2009 12:01:57 PM PST
Amy Leigh says:
"Who is that girl I see, staring straight back at me, why is my reflection someone I dont know..." - Mulan.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 3:47:27 PM PDT
Closet witch says:
I love Mulan.

Posted on Dec 11, 2009 12:03:29 AM PST
Avery says:
I am in agreement with you about "Mulan" sucking thousand year old eggs when held up against "Beauty and the Beast", but you do have to admit the "Make A Man Out Of You" number was pretty inspired. Even if it WAS Donny Osmond singing...

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 2:40:40 PM PST
A. Bishop says:
It wasn't in the original version because it didn't exist. It was written for the Broadway play.

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2010 11:11:43 AM PDT
Donn Osmond sang that? That makes another reason that my brother, who is 22, and his friends sing that song at the top of their lungs!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2010 8:36:05 AM PDT
Bryan Lane says:
Actually, it was written for the original, excised, and reinserted for the broadway play- as was Maison Des Lunes, incidentally.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 12:10:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 20, 2010 12:13:00 PM PDT
D. Custer says:
Not sure why you picked Mulan as an example, as there are plenty of Disney (and other) movies where the music detracts from the story. I really don't believe that Mulan was one of them. The "Reflection" song is one of the best Disney songs in a movie and with Christina Aguilara singing it, it was well received on it's own merit. The "Make a Man out of you" and "Girl worth fighting for" fell right into place and moved the movie along perfectly. In my opinion the only song that was out of place was "True to your Heart" by Stevie Wonder and 98 Degrees, but that song was during the end credits and the title itself IS the main theme of both Mulan and Mulan 2.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2010 9:16:05 AM PDT
M. Griffin says:
Yes the song Something There replaced human again in the original version. That's why it hard for me to watch the special edition. the insertion of Human Again makes it so it is like two of the same scene

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2010 7:12:41 AM PDT
R. Tadeo says:
Sorry to be nitpicky, but Christina Aguilara didn't sing "Refection" in the movie. It was Filipino singer Lea Salonga, who also did the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from "Aladdin".

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2010 7:06:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 11, 2010 7:07:05 AM PDT
D. Custer says:
I know this.

I was simply stating that the "Reflection" song itself was one of the best Disney songs in a movie, and then to be able to hear Christina Aguilara sing it in the extras (music video) and on the air, really highlights it's strength, lyrics, and message even more with repeated viewing of the movie.
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