The scenes, characters and songs attempt to duplicate the success of Mermaid all too obviously.
The tale's as old as time, but Beauty and the Beast has gotten somewhat banal.
It's academic Pop Art, overblown but zestless, a cartoon cathedral with all the spiritual feeling of a Little Golden Book.
Better remembered than seen, Beauty and the Beast has been treated unkindly not just by the years that have passed since it was released to enormous acclaim in 1991, but by a faddish 3D conversion.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
She falls for a hot-tempered manimal, but is it any coincidence that he showers her with gifts the whole time?
Belle is so decidedly positive in every regard, so simplistically shaped to meet the desires of all audience members (both dreamy little girls and feminist objectors), that she ultimately fails as a character
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A serviceable version of a classic fairy tale minus that crucial touch of magic.
It is a wondrous love story unsparing in its sentiment.
Remains as wondrous and beautiful as ever.
| Original Score: 5.0/5
Once again, love will redeem the beast, and Beauty's dancing clocks and singing teacups will blend marvelously with the tintinnabulation of bells this holiday season.
Unsubtle perhaps, but never fails to hit the right notes.
| Original Score: 4/5
Some youthful memories are better not revisited, but this definitely isn't one of them. Sometimes you can go home again.
The ultimate makeover story has strong, positive messages.
| Original Score: 5/5
Beauty and the Beast is just as enchanting 20 years after its initial release.
The greatest animated film ever made and one of the screen's great musicals hardly needs this (3D) sort of sprucing up.
| Original Score: 4/4
Both TANGLED EVER AFTER and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST are sure to enthrall audiences everywhere, even if the 3D doesn't really add much of anything to this animated classic.
| Original Score: 8/10
Slipped around all my roadblocks and penetrated directly into my strongest childhood memories, in which animation looked more real than live-action features.
Not only the finest animated movie ever made, but deserves a prominent position on any list of all-time greats.
And it is a joy to revisit the timeless pleasures of traditional Disney storytelling, with no attempts to add sizzle from celebrity voice talent or radio-friendly pop songs.
| Original Score: A+
The best of all the Disney cartoons