Beauty and the Beast (1991 film)

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84 minutes or 86 minutes for the original theatrical version.

Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The story is based on the fairy tale La Belle et la Bête by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont[1] and uses some ideas from the 1946 film of the same name.[2] It centers on a prince who is transformed into a Beast and a young woman named Belle whom he imprisons in his castle. To become a prince again, the Beast must love Belle and win her love in return.

This is the thirtieth film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series and the third animated feature released during a period known as the "Disney Renaissance", which began in 1989 with The Little Mermaid and ended in 1999 with Tarzan. It is widely considered one of Disney's greatest animated films, and it is the first of only two animated films to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture (the other being Disney·Pixar's 2009 film Up). Many animated films following its release have been influenced by its blending of traditional animation and computer generated imagery.

The film was adapted to an animation screenplay by Linda Woolverton, directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, and produced by Don Hahn. The music of the film was composed by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, both of whom had written the music and songs for Disney's The Little Mermaid. Upon its release, Beauty and the Beast was a significant commercial and critical success, earning $403 million in box office earnings throughout the world, in addition to three Golden Globe Awards - including Best Picture – Musical or Comedy - and two Academy Awards.

A direct-to-video midquel called Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas was released in 1997. It was followed in 1998 by another midquel, Belle's Magical World, and later by a stage production of the same name and a television spin-off series, Sing Me a Story with Belle. An IMAX Special Edition version of the original film was released in 2002, with a new five-minute musical sequence included.

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