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Q: When is Beauty and the Beast being released to IMAX screens?

A: January 1, 2002.


Q: How many IMAX screens will Beauty and the Beast appear on?

A: Initially there will be 100 big screens (IMAX and other big screen theaters) showing Beauty and the Beast. Click here for the list.


Q: What new footage is in the IMAX version?

A: Disney has added a song that was cut from the original version titled "Human Again." The song was added to draw more interest in getting audiences to return to the theater to see the film. It was selected because of strong positive reaction to the song in the stage version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. With some alterations, the scene was able to be animated specifically for the IMAX version of Beauty and the Beast. In total, this represents six minutes of new footage.


Q: What's the premise of the song?

A: The characters begin dreaming what it will be like to be human again, which is the set up and execution for the song.


Q: How much will it cost to see Beauty and the Beast on IMAX?

A: Most IMAX theaters will charge between $10 - $15.


Q: Won't the movie be distorted when blown up to IMAX size?

A: This was a concern of many people after seeing "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment of Fantasia 2000 on IMAX. However Disney has alleviated any concerns by having artists and animators spend over a year going through the film frame by frame to enhance it for IMAX then rerendering it specifically for IMAX. The only reason this could be accomplished is because all frames for Beauty and the Beast were stored digitally.


Q: Won't a newly animated scene look out of place?

A: To help with consistency, Disney brought back several original artists and animators that worked on the original Beauty and the Beast to accomplish the new scene. Enhancements to the original version in conjunction with the development of the new scene help blend the two almost seamlessly.


Q: I heard a rumor that Disney is also releasing The Lion King to IMAX theaters. Is this true?

A: Yes. The Lion King will be released to IMAX theaters in 2003 and there will be a preview of it before Beauty and the Beast on IMAX.


Q: How much did Beauty and the Beast make when it was originally released?

A: Beauty and the Beast made $144.8 million at the box office when it was released in 1991. It remained in theaters for an amazing 42 weeks and was nominated for a "Best Picture" Academy Award - the only animated film to ever receive such an honor.


Q: I have another question. Who do I ask?

A: Send your question to joetracy@earthlink.net with a subject header of "Beauty and the Beast Question". Select questions will be answered on this page.

 

 
 

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