Beauty and the Beast

Colleen, Jane, Lexie
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Original Version - Lexie




Original Version

Disney Version - Lexie

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An old woman disguised in clothing asked for a nights stay at a Prince’s castle. When he turned her away, she gave him a rose and changed him into an ugly beast. The rose was not an ordinary rose, it was an enchanted rose that gave him a certain amount of time to find love or he will stay a beast forever. A merchant came across a castle that looked suitable to stay for the night. The door was open so he walked in. Only to find a horrible beast that was not happy with the merchant for walking in. The beast decided to keep him as his slave. Belle, the merchant’s daughter noticed her father was gone for longer than expected, and his horse found its way back home. So she took the horse and it showed her the way to her father. Belle made her way to the castle and walked in. She found her father and the beast made an agreement that the father could leave but Belle had to stay in his place. Belle agreed and was now living with the beast. They spent much time together and gradually developed secret feelings for each other. One night, Gaston who had strong feelings for belle, found out where the beast lived and decided to kill him. He gathered people from the town to help him in his plan to kill. The beast tried his best to fight them off but Gaston stabbed the Beast in the back. Belle rushed to the Beasts side and confessed her love for him. At that moment the spell was broken and the Beast turned into a hansom young man.





Criticism - Jane
http://www.digitalmediafx.com/Beauty/beautyreviews.html

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..."


Parody - Jane




Movies - Jane

Beauty and the Beast 3D : Released on January 13, 2012
http://www.fandango.com/beautyandthebeast3d_128416/movieoverview




Beauty and The Beast on Broadway - Colleen

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Beastly : Relased on March 4, 2011, this film is based on Alex Finn's novel published in 2007. It is a retelling of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast set in modern-day New York City. A wealthy teenage boy from New York,Kyle Kingson, transforms into a monster for a year to find his true love.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1152398/




La Belle et la Bete - Collen
A merchant has four children, one you and three girls. Two of the girls are very selfish but other other, bette is not. On the way home from a business trip the merchant gets lost and walks into a castle. He picks a flower for Belle but the owner of the castle, the beast sentences him to death. The only way out of this sentencing is to give up one of his daughters. Belle sacrifices herself for her father and soon learns that the beast is not really a beast.

The Scarlet Flower
Lev Durov is a merchant, living in Russia. On his way to the market, each of his three daughters ask for a present when he returns. But during his trip a magic spell is cast on him and his naughtier need to find him. In doing so, one of the sisters fall in love with a tree-spirit, who turns out to be a prince.

Moral of the story
Similar to "don't judge a book by its cover", you can't judge someone by their appearance, it's more inside that counts.