Commentary Review #5: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (1991)


Audio Commentaries are sometimes a forgotten gem in the world of film. But how often do they get heard, and are they even worth hearing? This series of reviews will take a look at some of the best, and perhaps worst, audio commentaries on some classic films. Exploring what, if anything, they bring to the film. Any commentary review suggestions? Let us know in the comments below.

Who does this Commentary? The Beauty and the Beast commentary is from directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, producer Don Hahn and composer Alan Menken.

Possible film spoilers are ahead!

Beauty and the Beast is in the IMDb Top 250, and quite rightly so. This Disney classic, released in 1991, is undoubtedly an excellent Disney film. Immensely popular on release, the film was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 1992 – an honour not usually bestowed to animated films.

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History graduate. Freelance writer and reviewer. Passionate about film, theatre and music (film soundtracks!).
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7 Responses to Commentary Review #5: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (1991)

  1. John Charet says:

    Great site 🙂 Out of all the contemporary Disney animated film (not including anything from Pixar), Beauty and the Beast is (in my opinion) the best of all of them. What made it deeply fascinating is that the characters of this fairy tale come off as sophisticated when compared to The Little Mermaid, Aladdin etc. The music by that great duo consisting of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken is just brilliant as usual (they also did the music for Little Shop of Horrors) 🙂 It was without a doubt a big tragedy when Ashman died because after that, the music in the Disney animated musicals started to become hit and miss with it missing more than hitting. Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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  2. This was my favorite movie of the Disney Renaissance 🙂


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