and the Beast Reviews
Beauty and the Beast was released in 1991 it garnished
some of the highest praises ever bestowed upon an animated
movie. The film made such big impressions on the media,
public, and Hollywood that it became the first animated
movie to ever be nominated for a Best Picture Academy
Award. This page contains the official Digital Media FX
review of Beauty and the Beast Special Edition,
along with quotes from critics on the IMAX release and
the original release.
Here for the Digital Media FX Review of Beauty & The
Critic Quotes From IMAX Release of Beauty and the Beast:
Critic Quotes From 1991 Release of Beauty and the Beast:
Ebert From the Chicago Sun-Times - "Beauty
and the Beast slipped around all my roadblocks and
penetrated directly into my strongest childhood memories,
in which animation looked more real than live-action features.
Watching the movie, I found myself caught up in a direct
and joyous way. I wasn't reviewing an 'animated film.'
I was being told a story, I was hearing terrific music,
and I was having fun...The film is as good as any Disney
animated feature ever made - as magical as Pinocchio,
Snow White, The Little Mermaid. And it's a reminder
that animation is the ideal medium for fantasy, because
all of its fears and dreams can be made literal..."
Hinson of the Washington Post - "Disney's new
full-length animated feature, Beauty and the Beast,
is more than a return to classic form, it's a delightfully
satisfying modern fable, a near-masterpiece that draws
on the sublime traditions of the past while remaining
completely in sync with the sensibility of its time...What
Beauty and the Beast gives us is the best of the
old and the best of the new. We watch the screen with
Howe of the Washington Post (one of the only negative
reviews to ever appear in print) - "...Beast
isn't one of the all-time greats. In fact, it feels like
The Little Mermaid with fur. The songwriting team
of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (who enlivened Mermaid)
have been brought back. But theirs is a lackluster encore.
The scenes, characters and songs attempt to duplicate
the success of Mermaid all too obviously. The wit
and the music aren't nearly as good..."