Beauty & the Beast 3-D

Running time: 84 mins Certificate: U

 

Synopsis: The animated classic returns to screens in 3-D. When Belle’s inventor father goes missing, she tracks him down to a castle inhabited by a fearsome beast. Belle agrees to take her father’s place as hostage and soon starts to love the Beast.

 

Based on a fairytale written in the 18th century, Beauty & The Beast is an animated musical that tells the story of Belle (voiced by Paige O’Hara), a young woman who is bored with life in a French village. When her father, Maurice (voiced by Rex Everhart) gets lost in the woods and is held captive in a castle by the Beast (voiced by Robby Benson), Belle pleads with the Beast to take her instead so her father can be free, unaware he is a prince in disguise.

 

Despite being primarily a children’s film, the story has some darker themes beneath the surface. Watching the film as an adult, there is clearly the underlying message that people should look beneath the surface when choosing who they fall in love with.

 

The 3D version of the film is superb. The scenes in which the castle and the village are shown make the viewer feel as if they could jump into the screen. In addition to this, the sound is much clearer and the animation is sharper. The hand drawn characters look particularly stunning in 3D.

 

As with the original version, the songs in the film are excellent and will hold the attention of both children and adults. The characters are also very entertaining, particularly the talking objects that populate the castle.

 

With a great story, lovely artwork and a catchy soundtrack, Beauty & the Beast is a joy to watch. Regardless of whether the viewer has seen the original version or is completely new to the film, the 3D version is a must see.

 

Reviewed by Lesley Watt

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