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When 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.

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Critic Quotes From IMAX Release of Beauty and the Beast:

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Critic Quotes From 1991 Release of Beauty and the Beast:

Roger 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..."

Hal 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 constant wonder."

Desson 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..."





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