Beauty and the Beast Special

Teruko Okabe 1992/10/18



Once upon a time, in a small French village, there lived a young woman named Belle who loved to read and longed for adventure beyond her small town. However, she was seen as an outcast by the other villagers due to her interest in books and her unconventional ways.

One day, Belle’s father Maurice set out on a journey to sell his wares at a market but got lost in the forest. He stumbled upon an enchanted castle and decided to take refuge there for the night. However, he was taken prisoner by the Beast who lived in the castle.

When Belle found out that her father was missing, she went searching for him and eventually arrived at the castle where she offered herself as a prisoner in exchange for her father’s release. The Beast agreed to this deal and allowed Maurice to go free.

Belle soon discovered that the Beast was not just an ordinary creature but rather a prince who had been cursed by an enchantress years ago. The curse could only be broken if someone learned to love him despite his appearance before the last petal of an enchanted rose fell. Otherwise, he would remain a beast forever.

Although initially frightened by him, Belle began seeing past his outward appearance and getting to know him better. She discovered that beneath his gruff exterior lay a kind heart and they started developing feelings for each other.

Meanwhile, Gaston - a handsome yet arrogant hunter from Belle’s village - had rallied the villagers against the Beast and planned to kill him. With the help of some enchanted objects in the castle who were also affected by the curse, Belle managed to fend off Gaston’s attack just in time before he succeeded.

As days passed by, Belle realized that she had fallen deeply in love with the Beast and confessed her feelings aloud just when he was dying due to Gaston’s attack. Her confession broke the curse and turned him back into his human form which led them to live happily ever after.

In the end, Belle and the Beast got married in the presence of all the enchanted objects in the castle. The villagers accepted Belle for who she was and even Gaston’s loyal sidekick turned away from his former master. Through this story, we learn that true beauty lies beyond what meets the eye and love can conquer all obstacles.




Beauty and the Beast is a timeless classic that has captured the hearts of audiences for generations. Released in 1991, Beauty and the Beast is an animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The movie was directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, with music composed by Alan Menken and lyrics written by Howard Ashman.

The story follows Belle, a young woman who dreams of a life beyond her small village in France. When her father is imprisoned by a beast in an enchanted castle, Belle offers to take his place as the beast’s prisoner. Over time, Belle discovers the beast is not as monstrous as he seems and they begin to fall in love.

One of the standout features of Beauty and the Beast is its animation. The film was groundbreaking at the time for its use of computer-generated imagery (CGI) alongside traditional hand-drawn animation techniques. This allowed for some incredible visuals, such as the grand ballroom scene where Belle and the Beast dance together.

Another highlight of Beauty and the Beast is its music. The soundtrack features several memorable songs, including “Be Our Guest”, “Gaston”, and “Beauty and the Beast”. Alan Menken’s score perfectly captures the magic of this fairy tale world while also adding depth to each character’s emotional journey.

The voice acting in Beauty and the Beast is also top-notch. Paige O’Hara brings warmth and intelligence to Belle’s character, while Robby Benson imbues Beast with both ferocity and vulnerability. Supporting cast members like Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts) and Jerry Orbach (Lumiere) add humor and heart to their roles.

However, what truly sets Beauty and the Beast apart is its message about inner beauty versus outward appearances. The film encourages viewers to look beyond physical appearance when forming opinions about others - a theme that remains just as relevant today as it did in 1991.

In conclusion, Beauty and the Beast is a delightful movie that stands the test of time. Its animation, music, voice acting, and message all contribute to making it an enduring classic. Whether you’re watching it for the first time or the hundredth time, Beauty and the Beast is a film that will capture your heart and imagination.



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As a child, I was moved by the movie “The Bad News Bears Go to Japan” where Japanese professional baseball players and American actors performed in front of a large audience. This made me fall in love with the movie. This blog is my review of the movie that I actually saw. Please use it as a reference when renting movies.

Profession housewife
Editor Teruko Okabe
Location Japan

For a long time, in between housework,
I would go to the movie theater to watch films and then write reviews of the movies in a diary which I stored away in a closet.
When I showed these reviews to Azesan, he suggested turning them into a website.
I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity. I may be nearing the end of my life, but if reading my reviews can move the hearts of younger people,
I think that would be wonderful.
It may even become a catalyst for various realizations and changes in their lives moving forward.

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