Hi everyone!

Just popping in for a few minutes to say hello and share a bit of the day I had yesterday.  Yep.  Youngest daughter and I went to see “Beauty and the Beast! 3 D!”

Hands down, it’s one of the best of all the animated movies ever made.  The musical score alone was absolutely fabulous!  The animation was top rate, for the time, and the acting is just plain amazing.

Not only that, but it sends out a great message to young girls–reading is a wonderful thing!  Yes, I know, she’s a beauty, hence the title, and some might say that it’s what makes little girls want to be like her.  I’ll give you that.  But Belle has something that a lot of female characters in animation don’t–A MInd! Not only that, but she’s courageous, and strong, and willing to do what it takes to care for those she loves.

I love this movie and in 3 D it was just breathtaking.  The rich color and fabric of the film are enhanced a hundred times over.  It makes me excited to think what we’ll be doing with the technology fifteen years from now!  I can’t wait to see it again and again.

The other aspect I loved about the movie has nothing to do with technology, but with the amazing actors.  The two lead characters. portrayed by Paige O’Hara and Robby Benson were just outstanding.  I’ve always wondered why it is with talent like that, why weren’t the performing on Broadway?  They are certainly worthy of it.

Angela Lansbury.  Is there anything more that we can say about this multi-talented actress short of incredible?  I’m so glad that she will be known for generations as the wonderful Mrs. Potts.  What a stroke of genius it was to cast her in that role!

David Ogden Stiers.  He’s been on tons of television shows and several of the top Disney animated films including The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Pocahantas.  What a great voice he has.  Booming and soft, and one of the best comedic actors ever.  We loved to hate him back on his MASH days, too.  Another great casting choice!

And finally, my favorite character of the movie besides Belle and Beast.  Lumiere.  His voice actor shall remain one of my favorites of all time. He’s funny, smart, and just a big ol’ romantic softie.  What’s not to love?  

He was portrayed by Jerry Orbach, who was widely known for his stage and screen career.  He touched my heart in this movie so much. But more than that, I miss seeing Lenny Bricoe on Law and Order.  I still enjoy watching the reruns.  Yes, I cried when he sang ‘Be Our Guest.’  

If that wasn’t enough, we were able to see this wonderful film at Downtown Disney’s AMC theater, special EXT screen in Orlando, Florida. (Think along the lines of an IMAX theater.)  

What really tugged at my heart was the memory of my seeing this film, and the other Disney classics, with my girls when they were little.  Though they are pretty close to grown up now, it was a special time we shared.  If I could, I would send warm hugs to all the Disney animators for the enjoyment my girls and I shared. 

Now, what about you?  Did you see Beauty and the Beast 3 D? Do you remember seeing it when it first came out?  What other movies do you think will stand the test of time and retain their greatness?  Which ones touched your heart in such a special way?  

Have a great day, everyone! 

Happy Reading!

Pam

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