By Sydney (Corvallis, Oregon, USA)
A Life Changing Classic
I wonder if Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise knew how big their movie would be when they directed it. I wonder if they knew how many children they would inspire, influence, teach, and entertain. I first saw this movie when I was three years old, and it has greatly impacted my life, even if I didn’t realize it until I started writing this review. What children watch when they are young influences who they will become, and I believe this movie has a very positive influence.
Beauty and the Beast is a timeless classic that has been impacting people’s lives since 1991. This movie somehow crams valuable life lessons, and a fantastic story into an 84 minute masterpiece.
Over the years, Belle has become an iconic princess, hero, and idol for people all around the world. The main lesson that is to be learned from Belle is not to judge a book by its cover, and I made an interesting connection between Belle’s favorite thing and the moral of the movie! In the beginning it talks about how Belle loves books, and in the end the moral is not to judge a book by its cover. I am not sure if this was intentional, or if it was just a coincidence but I found it to be really interesting. Belle does two big things in the course of the movie that teach the moral: Turning down Gaston, the strong, popular handsome man, and falling in love with the beast! Belle proves that sometimes the best things, places, and people are not very attractive, but if you give them time, you might end up loving them.
I am so glad that I decided to write this review, because while analyzing this movie I gained a new found respect for this amazing animated Disney feature. I realized how fantastic the movie is, to be able to fit life lessons along with entertainment. Beauty and the Beast is not just another animated children’s movie, it is also a romance, comedy, and adventure well worth watching.