*½/**** Image A Sound A- Extras B
screenplay by Linda Woolverton
directed by Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise
This review was popular for its contrarianism, but to my current thinking it's insubstantial and hurries through the movie to get to the DVD; I'd like to take another crack at it someday.-Ed. (6/14/17)
by Bill Chambers Disney solidified the comeback of 2-D animation after the success of The Little Mermaid with Beauty & the Beast, a throwback to the fairytale reimaginings that defined the studio in its heyday. Uncle Walt himself had, in fact, kicked around the idea of adapting the "song as old as rhyme" during his reign but threw in the towel when he couldn't figure out a way to sustain kiddie interest in what is, in its classical tellings, the story of a monster and a hottie who dine together in the evenings.