Beauty and the Beast 30-day challenge: Day 11
Time for question eleven.
11. Where does the movie rate on your list of best classic Disney movies?
I think it’s one of Disney’s best (most aesthetically pleasing, best pacing, most developed characters, most thematically powerful, most memorable songs). It easily tops my favorite list, though Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, and Emperor’s New Groove are also high on my list–but they’re all good movies for such different reasons. BatB, though, is the most consistently good. I’m not really surprised that this was the movie that got people to look at animation more seriously as a genre that could have adult appeal.
I also think it’s interesting that it’s one of Disney’s few true musicals. By which I mean, the songs are not just kinda incidental and there for fun, they’re integral to our understanding of the story and characters, and if you took them out, the movie wouldn’t make sense. (Even “Be Our Guest,” which I’d argue is technically the least necessary of the songs, still serves a purpose in the plot beyond just spectacle–it gives Belle a reason to start feeling a little more comfortable at the castle and trust the staff, because they clearly like her and want her to feel at home.)