Beauty and the Beast (Capsules: The Divide; Tangled Ever After): CFQ Spotlight Podcast 3:2

The Romance Will Poke Yer Eyes Out!: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is now enhanced with 3D.

The Romance Will Poke Yer Eyes Out!: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is now enhanced with 3D.

Does Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST need to undergo digital conversion to the 3D format in order to lure audiences back into the theater? It shouldn’t, not really. BEAUTY is a certified classic, the first animated film to net a “Best Picture” Oscar nom and the one that re-energized the Disney animation division. To think that it has to go through a “It’s the film you’ve known and loved, back on the big screen where it belongs… now with candy,” process in order to get butts into seats says more about the current theories of film marketing than it does about what was lacking in the movie itself.

Nevertheless, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is back, and Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons have strapped on the 3D goggles to determine whether the film prospers or suffers from the tweaking, as well as discussing whether the film’s stature still holds some twenty years later, and examining how the contributions of the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken permanently transformed animated storytelling.

Plus: Steve delivers his capsule judgement on the apocalyptic thriller THE DIVIDE, and the CFQ team discuss their reactions to the animated short TANGLED EVER AFTER. Plus: What’s coming in theaters.

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About the Author

Dan Persons

DAN PERSONS is a New York-based writer who first got bit by the Cinefantastique bug when he encountered the 1979 double issue devoted to the sci-fi classic FORBIDDEN PLANET. He contributed for many years to the magazine, first as a correspondent, then as an editor.

3 Responses to “ Beauty and the Beast (Capsules: The Divide; Tangled Ever After): CFQ Spotlight Podcast 3:2 ”

  1. A rousing hello to my friends at the Cinefantastique Cinematic Pit of Despair!

    Yeah, I know just how you feel, Dan. Your description of watching those depressing movies and needing Beauty and the Beast as a pick-me-up reminded me of the time that I saw Melancholia and then needed to go see The Muppets afterwards. Or the time that I saw 51 Birch Street and Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple ON THE SAME DAY and almost threw myself in front of a bus afterwards.

  2. Maybe it’s genetic? I remember my brother summing up THE BLUE ANGEL with, “I wanted to slit my wrist.”

    Prescription: Watch ONCE… and call me in the morning.

  3. Dan, re: “Beauty and the Beast”. What some call “the formula,” I call “the demands of the genre.” Seeing “BatB” back in 1991, I was blown away. “It’s a Broadway musical,” I thought, and I don’t fault it for that. It does a musical right in that each song either advances the plot or gives insight into the characters. Having seen this film a billion times (two daughters, DVD), I still think it holds up. As the only all-animated film ever to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar (”Mary Poppins” is partially animated), it’s well deserved. For my kids, the thrill will be seeing it on the big screen for the first time in their lives. “The Little Mermaid” brought Disney back from the dead, and “BatB” was Disney’s pinnacle. Only “My Neighbor Totoro” is better.

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