Oldie but a goodie

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - E Guide Movies - LEIGH PAASTCH

ABOUT 20- odd years ago, Beauty and the Beast was the movie that re­vived the thread­bare stocks of Dis­ney’s then- ail­ing an­i­ma­tion di­vi­sion.

Now dig­i­tally re­stored, en­larged and ex­panded for a spe­cial 3D re- re­lease, the age- old love story be­tween the maiden and the mu­tant still trun­dles along quite nicely – even if it does now seem a bit old- hat when com­pared with su­pe­rior kiddy fare such as Shrek, Harry Pot­ter and Mon­sters, Inc.

The course charted through the an­cient French bed­time story is rel­a­tively faith­ful to its orig­i­nal source.

A book­worm- ish young made­moi­selle named Belle ( voiced by Paige O’hara) agrees to take her fa­ther’s place as the cap­tive of a cas­tle- bound Beast ( Robby Ben­son), who used to be a hand­some prince un­til he got on the wrong side of a bad spell.

He can re­gain his hunk sta­tus only if he finds true love, and it isn’t long be­fore Beasty starts notic­ing how cute Belle looks all shack­led up in her dun­geon.

Af­ter ne­go­ti­at­ing their way past the com­pul­sory in­ter­fer­ence of a self- cen­tred vil­lain, Gas­ton ( Richard White), and some talk­ing cut­lery and fur­ni­ture, our hairy hero and high- spir­ited heroine get their act to­gether just in time to bring about the happy end­ing the story de­serves.

There is only one new scene that has been added to the orig­i­nal 35mm ver­sion of the movie – a non­de­script mu­si­cal num­ber en­ti­tled Hu­man Again, which kills a lit­tle time be­fore the dra­matic trans­for­ma­tion at the fi­nale.

How­ever, the other Broad­way- style songs in the movie ( which later served as the ba­sis for a suc­cess­ful stage adap­ta­tion) re­main a cut above the usual toon tunes, full of wacky word­play and vi­va­cious vo­cal­is­ing.

Opens next Thurs­day at Vil­lage Cine­mas

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