4.43 – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) & The Outsider

This week’s film is one of Rob’s favourite Disney films (so no pressure, there) 1991’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. After some plot summarising and a little light reviewing, we talk about the distinctive way this film looks, its place as a subversive text, and the fact that this is actually two films in one — in a good way, promise.

 

Next Time
The next movie in our Disney animation/live action sub-season is the 2017 remake of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
 
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Footnotes
Firstly, this article definitely chimes with what Rob was saying about Gaston: medium.com/@sjmyles79/can-we-have-movie-heroism-without-the-sexism-please-776bc291c65c. Here’s a little introduction to Busby Berkeley, to whom there are obvious references in the big song and dance numbers: filmschoolrejects.com/beginners-guide-to-busby-berkeley. While we’re talking about big beautiful film sequences, this article discusses the ballroom scene’s CGI: https://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/25-years-ago-cg-secrets-ballroom-sequence-beauty-beast-145174.html. Finally, here are a couple of enjoyable responses to the film: www.buzzfeed.com/jennaguillaume/the-enchantress-was-fcked-up and www.bustle.com/articles/195847-35-questions-i-still-have-about-beauty-the-beast.

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