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Beauty and the Beast
Commentaries on this disc:
Producer Don Hahn, directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, and composer Alan Menken
Rating:7.9/10 (7 votes) [
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Reviewed by Brian Thibodeau on August 5th, 2004
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Mildly interesting, frequently dorky track to Disney's last truly "classic" animated feature only points out the screaming need for a compilation track along the lines of those done for SLEEPING BEAUTY or SNOW WHITE, where historians and archivists hold together a slew of commentary bites, original interviews and musical outtakes. That doesn't happen here, and the directors are given to making lame attempts at humour through gainsaying, which wears thin very early on, as does the praising of the voice talent. The track is not without some good information, however, such as discarded story ideas, the by-now-familiar tales of working in the animation trenches on a deadline, and the oft-heard tale of coaxing Angela Lansbury to talk-sing the title song. The final 20 minutes, however, consistent of more watching and feeble narration than actual comment. The directors do, thankfully, admit that they were unable to break the long Disney tradition of boring prince characters, and that the final dance sequence is lifted and repainted from SLEEPING BEAUTY.
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