Ok. I know, I'm a guy. I used to be a little kid and my father bought me every single Disney that comes out on VHS. At this time, I had my favourite and that was not that one. When I saw it at the theater, I enjoyed it, but it didn't made a great impression on me. But, now I'm a grown up man, I gave it a second chance on the Blu-ray format and...My world just got torned apart.
Now I see all the things that makes this Disney a classic and let's face it, a masterpiece. It was nominate that year for the better movie award. Totally deserved. Beautiful settings, enchanting characters, incredible voice actings and exquisite colours. Among the voice, truly unforgettable Angela Lansbury definitly IS Mrs. Potts. Couldn't imagine a better voice for that character.
As the movie goes, it's interesting to see the way the Beast character advanced, getting more and more human, as Gaston becomes more and more inhuman. The prince that was turn into that beast was in that state for so long, he forget almost evrything. How to stand, how to eat without spitting evrywhere, how to read...So it will be hard for him to court a beautiful lady. Gaston, otherwise, is the traditional good looking guy of the place. He could have been the prince...
The soundtrack is of course to be mentionned. "There something there" and "Beauty and the Beast" are the most famous song, but all the score is amazing and perfectly match with the sequences. The scene of the transformation of the prince, at the end, with that powerful music, always gave me goosebumps.
I just highly recommend this movie, truly one of the most impressive animation picture of all time. The only Disney the Library of Congress choose to keep among his movies for his "historic, esthetic and cultural interest".
Made in heaven.